Bao Bei

Chinese in Gastown & Chinatown
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Reinterpreting a Chinatown heritage building with hipsteresque flourishes, this Chinese brasserie is a seductive dinner destination. Bringing a contemporary edge to Asian cuisine are tapas-sized, MSG-free dishes such as shao bing (stuffed Chinese flatbread), delectable dumplings and spicy-chicken steamed buns. There's also an enticing drinks menu guaranteed to make you linger, especially if you dive into the inventive cocktails.

Reservations are not accepted and tables can be hard to come by, so try to avoid peak dining times (7pm to 9pm).