Bao Bei

Chinese in Gastown & Chinatown

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Reinterpreting a Chinatown heritage-building interior with hipsteresque flourishes, this Chinese brasserie is the area's most seductive dinner destination. Bringing a contemporary edge to Asian cuisine are tapas-sized, MSG-free dishes such as shao bing (stuffed Chinese flatbread), duck salad and steamed pork belly buns, it also offers an inventive cocktail array to keep you occupied if you have to wait at the bar for your table.

Top-notch organic meat and sustainable seafood are used as much as possible, and the vegetarian options are never an afterthought. Reservations are not accepted so try to avoid peak 7pm to 9pm dining times.