April 13th, 2012
Two barbeque worlds collide, but it’s a harmony of tastes.
Legendary Southern barbecue methods are given a taste of East Asian flavour by Fat Dragon Bar-B-Q, a new spot by the owners of the Campagnolos. Located in East Van, this restaurant-meets-bar joint is bound to energize the quiet neighbourhood. How? With a Whole Smoked & Roasted Pig’s Head ($45) perhaps, requiring a small team to devour. For daintier appetites, there are plenty of smaller plates, from the fresh take on the Gado-Gado Salad ($9) to the selection of two-bite Bao Buns ($2.50 each). As for the “Bar” in Bar-B-Q, save some room for Asian beers and cocktails, provided that the glaring pink tube entryway doesn’t trip you up a little first. —Anya Georgijevic
Fat Dragon Bar-B-Q, 566 Powell St. Vancouver, 604-558-0880, www.fatdragonbbq.com
April 9th, 2012
Last year The New York Times penned a roundup depicting best bánh mì sandwiches in America, a very passionate subject, according to the hundreds of comments below the article.
If they were to pay Vancouver a visit, they might consider DD Mau, a fresh and welcome addition to the city’s modest Vietnamese sub options. Located in Yaletown, DD Mau serves up bánh mìs of the traditional kind, and of the gourmet variety like the Honey-Garlic Beef ($7), with a delightful runny egg option, as well as the slightly sinful BBQ Roast Duck ($10.80). While you’re at it, ditch the fussy frappuccino and grab a Vietnamese iced coffee ($3.50). Then stroll down the block, find a picnic spot, and enjoy our belated spring. —Anya Georgijevic
DD Mau, 1239 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver, 604-684-4446, www.ddmau.ca