Only decided to go because of coupon in the Straight, and thought it would be similar to the other Hon's around town. How wrong I was!
Once inside, the restaurant was surprisingly large, airy and well lit. In spite of the last, it still has some small areas for more private dining. There is even a small water fall one of the walls!! Lovely look and feel.
Then not only were the servers very friendly and interested in what the restaurant had to offer, but were happy and eager to recommend what in their opinion were the most tasty. Our server even told us if we wanted dessert, they would need a little more time since they were made when ordered. That was good, because they would be fresh and helpful if you are in a rush.
The menu was truly "Pan Asian" as advertised. They had food from almost all the SE Asian countries. There were many items on the menu but not overwhelmingly so. We tried the Laksa, a rice vermicelli in a curryish soup. Spicy but not too bad! It was large, and generous with at least 5 big prawns, 1 whole boiled egg, tofu, bean sprouts, chicken chunks, lemon slice and more jalapeno slices. Since i know this dish well, I am quite shocked, happily that is, to find it so authentically flavourful and very tasty...and not too salty. Good to the last slurp!
My friend had the Chicken Linguine...which normally would have had jalapeno and black beans, but because she didn't want spicy, we asked to have the jalapeno left out. No problem! It was presented in a very pretty 'lopsided' white bowl, and was also a large serving and very, very delicious. Both of these could have easily been halved and saved for another meal later. And O before i forget, the dinnerware is very unusual and eye-catching...japanese influenced(?)
Right now, in January 2009 (I think), there is a special where you buy the first entree and the second is half price. Also, if you order a drink, you could have a full butter chicken meal with the works for $2.95!! Both specials are dine in only. But you could take out anything they have there.
When we were there on Saturday, Vancouver was still snowed in, and there were few people in the place, but everyone who ate there said the food was very good.
Since it's downtown, the restaurant gives you 1 hour free parking if your order is $25 or more. The parking is just beside it on Seymour.
Honestly, I can't wait to go back to try their other offerings. What a little gem at the price!