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Bao Chau Vietnamese Restaurant

2717 E Hastings
Vancouver, BC V5K1Z8
Tel: (604) 251-6956
Neighbourhood: Hastings-Sunrise

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Average meal
By rivers of Montreal / Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 10:03pm [Dine in]

Upon recommendation by a friend I went to eat here. Instead of going by his word, I should have read the reviews beforehand.

My expectations arose as I saw that the place was not empty. And for the location it is in, with many other restaurants that also serve Vietnamese, I thought I was making a good choice.

But I was wrong. I had the spring rolls and the pho, both recommended to me. The food was average - I guess I expexted more? But what really bothered me was the low level of hygiene.

Be aware: this place is cash only.

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Very average PHO
By cyberspace of vancouver (89 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 7:56am [Dine in]

Went Bao Chau as I thought they may have good PHO. Nothing special. Just run of mill. service was ok as there is not much to do when you prepare pho. I think people go to this place as they are a bit cheaper than other pho places. There are much better places to go for pho Will not go back.,

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Love This Place!
By wivesofwolves of Pitt Meadows, BC (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 12:34am [Dine in]

I ordered the Pho House Special and Spring Rolls and I was filled up with stuff to take home too. The price is also cheap, and who doesn't like decent food at a decent price? :-) The service was kind of slow, but I find that they're often serving a mid to full house, so I don't expect too much in terms of speed. The ambiance is pretty okay. They keep the place clean. The restaurant feels really homey, especially with the (reasonably) close setting and chatty environment. The staff are always friendly and it's just a best-cost experience at Bao Chau.

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Pretty Typical Food
By Goodwrench of North Vancouver (40 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 6:30pm [Dine in]

Stopped by here for Lunch on a Sunday. It wasn't too busy at all. Seated pretty quickly. A Renovation of the interior had been done pretty recently, it all looks a lot better. The place had Air Con, which is good for such a hot day. Parking is plenty up front and in the back.

I had the Combo A. It came with a chicken skewer, some white rice, 2 Fried Spring Rolls, and a Shrimp Salad Roll. The Rice was pretty gross, they put too much water. The Spring rolls were great. The Shrimp salad roll wasn't too good, the Shrimp was a little fishy. I asked my friend about hers, she said the same, but, it didn't bother her. Pretty good deal too, was under 10 bucks.

The Pho Noodle she had looked alright, a pretty decent size.

I'd come back to this place. No Frills good eats and great deals as like most Vietnamese Restaurants. I'd go back to this place, I wouldn't give it Rave Reviews, but, I think it's decent fair.

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The quick and reliable
By hardcore harvey of East Vancouver, BC (32 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 6:40pm [Dine in]

Bao Chau keeps me coming back to sate my msg/sodium jones. My usual- well-done flank pho(small order is plenty big) isnt generally too fatty and the condiment side dish of sprouts, lime wedge and basil leaves are always fresh. A key point here is the generous amount of basil they give you. Of course, with any pho joint, its the broth that the discerning soup lover key on. At Bao Chao I always find the broth to be clear, moderately beefy, slightly tangy and nicely balanced between sweet and salty.If I have one...um, beef... its that the broth could be a little hotter. However, its a consistently decent bowl of soup that satisfies on a cold, damp winter day. If I'm starved, I order a single spring roll in addition to the soup. They too are generally good. Bao Chao is also clean and the service quick, efficient and friendly enough. Even during a typically busy lunch rush, your pho will arrive in no more than 6 or 7 minutes. A Hastings-Sunrise stand-by.

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I Love This Place!
By dino the latino of Vancouver (Commercial Drive) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 5, 2010 - 9:46am [Dine in]

This place has THE best springrolls in town, beautifully blistered and crunchy, yet chewy at the same time, savoury and delicious. Their lemongrass chicken is the perfect blend of spices and their huge bowls of pho are yummy and salty.
The owner is friendly though the service isn't always brilliant perhaps because they're always so busy, but they are well worth the wait.

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OBG!
By Simply Delcicious of Vancouver (downtown) (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 1:53am [Dine in]

Bau Chau is my most favorite Vietnamese restaurant! The food is consitent from pho to their rice dishes and don't forget about their spring rolls! Item lucky #13 pho well done beef, tripe and tendons with an add on of beef balls yummy! Btw great job on the renos and brand new dinning tables and chairs! Easily one of the cleaniest Vietnamese restaurants in town!

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Vietnamese Home Cooking: Great Food - Great Value
By verily of west van (10 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 6:04pm [Dine in]

We've been going to this restaurant for over 10 years, probably an average of 20 or more times a year, and have found the food to be consistently good - the measure of a good Vietnamese restaurant is how many Vietnamese people eat there and it is always packed lunchtime and early evening with Vietnamese people, mainly young couples and families in the evenings and workers at lunchtime, getting their home cooking fix. The rice dishes are outstanding, great and authentic flavours and marinades and perfectly cooked rice: I have to disagree with the previous reviewer as we have tried and enjoyed all the grilled meats and never had a bad experience - my wife is Vietnamese and we've eaten in just about every Vietnamese restaurant in the Greater Vancouver area and we always go back the Bau Chau for comfort food and judge new restaurants by the Bao Chau yardstick. The pho dishes are good though they do use msg which is a minus for me. Desserts, especially the Che Bau Mau, are great. Service is fast, friendly and efficient and the owner and his wife always take the time to check that you have enjoyed your meal. Spotless after a recent facelift, this is one of our favourite family restaurants and our kids now bring their friends here for good value, authentic Vietnamese food.

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Great broth!
By tasteaholic of North Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 9:05pm [Dine in]

I've tried alot of pho places and I've found both the quality of the broth (clear, not murky or oily, no msg taste/after effect) and the meat (fresh beef balls, great rare beef) to be excellent. Unlike a previous review I believe the small and large pho's to be consistent and great value. The beansprouts, thai basil and limes are almays fresh. I find the service to be efficent and very friendly, unlike some other Vietnemese places. The spring rolls are generally good, only once or twice in 3 yrs of frequenting this place have the rolls or broth been below their high standards. While Iove their pho, I don't like their grilled meat dishes. I find the marinade they use on the pork and chicken really not to my taste, I go to other restaurants for grilled pork and lemon grass chicken.
Oh, they've also had a renovation recently, the place now sparkles and is very clean.

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You Joking!
By fattboy of coquitlam (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 9:57pm [Dine in]

House of spring roles? SAYS WHO? You must like cheap fillers inside a wrap and deep fried in old oil. Yellow wrapping paper hides old oil and I can taste everything except the srping roles. The soup was like any other chain restaurants, nothing special. The restaurant had enough neon signs to replace a nail salon. I give everyone a second chance and I can say no changes will be made on my review.

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Still a favourite.. but quality seems to be dropping
By animao of Vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 5, 2009 - 5:49pm [Dine in]

We usually drop by for pho at least once a month.. the people that run the place are friendly and service is fairly prompt. However in the last couple of visits, we've noticed the spring rolls are smaller with less filling and the large sized pho is just a tad larger than the regular pho.. and it was upsetting when they stopped serving mi bahn.. but overall, the food is pretty good and worth a visit.

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Good pho
By ssnissan of Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 17, 2009 - 6:25pm [Dine in]

My friend introduced me to this place a while ago and I have been addicted to their pho and spring roll. Better than a lot of the other pho places i have been to and i have been to a lot of Vietnamese restaurants. Prices are still very decent, although I do agree with the previous reviewer, could use a reno. But I still drive all the way from oak and marine just to get my pho fix from them.

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Good food - quick service - in & out
By shutupandeat of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 12:07pm [Dine in]

We've frequented Bao Chau for a few years now. It's where I get my Vietnamese ice coffee fix. All their noodle soup dishes are good value. Price has gone up a bit, but still good soups. They made good sandwiches also, so very disappointed when they took that off the menu.
There other noodle and rice dishes are great. Our kids love the salad rolls, spring rolls are OK-bit too oily for my liking.
They didn't spend too much on ambiance and the place could be cleaner, but I've experienced worse. Not sure why they have the TV with the fireplace looking set-up. Just a couple of small changes would make the place look better. Food and service is good, even when it's really busy.
We also order take out once in a while and it's always been good.

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Good spring rolls.
By foodiegirl41 of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 1:54pm [Dine in]

I lived a block away from this place for a year and I ate there quite often. The food is good not great but the spring rolls are excellent. I crave them quite often. I give the food 4 stars for the spring rolls alone. The rest of the food I would give 3 stars. The place is not much to look at but I usually get take out anyway. The owner is quite friendly and I have always had decent service there. The prices are very reasonable.

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The best Pho Tai!
By stc_jelly of vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 2:07pm [Dine in]

I love this place and have been going there for over 10 years. I have a hard time enjoying my Pho anywhere else. I am not a fan of spring rolls, so I won't talk about that here.
This place is always packed at lunch. It opens at 11 am though, so you can get here early and be sure to be seated at a table. or come around two. otherwise, if you are dining by yourself you may have to share, and it can be very very noisy.
The small Pho Tai is 6.00. Yes, they did raise their prices in the last few months, but then, the price of everything has gone up in this economy and if it means the restaurant can keep up the quality of its menu, its fine by me. It's still an excellent deal, you might find cheaper pho but not nearly as good.
If you are not familiar with this dish, Pho Tai is noodles, onions and herbs in a clear, fragrant beef knuckle broth. Paper thin slices of raw beef go on top, and the heat of the soup cooks it. First thing i do when the bowl comes is separate the slices so they don't stick together. Then I tuck them under the noodles to cook, stirring the whole thing around a bit. This makes sure they don't stay raw (a review below complained about this, I say, you just don't know how to eat it! or you could ask for your soup to be extra hot, I am sure they would oblige)
Once the meat is cooked i add the bean sprouts, a couple of basil leaves and stir it up again. Taste, add lime as needed and the chili oil hot sauce that's in a jar on ever table. I love this sauce, I think they make it themselves, no other establishment seems to have anything similar. And I love spicy!
There also seems to be no MSG. which is a plus, lots of folks get a reaction from that.
On top of that they keep your glass filled with free hot chrysanthemum tea, or iced tea in the summer. Yes, the owner is friendly as are all the staff. Thats why I love this place!!!

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Yummy Fooood!!
By foody604 of vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 2:30pm [Dine in]

I always find myself waking up to days of craving Bao Chau pho. It's the best pho in the city. I really mean it! They have others things on the menu that are delicious too like their famous spring rolls or their pork chops on rice. Mmmmm. The service is only good if the owner is serving you, otherwise it can be off sometimes. Getting orders wrong or having to wave your arms in the air to finally get one of the servers attention. You get what you pay for and more...very good sized portions and always fresh. The place is indeed due for some renos, but that's ok i don't go for the ambience, i go for the darn good food!

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The best pho place so far!!!!
By CaptainNemo of Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 12:20pm [Dine in]

One of my favorites and it hasn't disaapointed me yet!

Nice people man that works there. Very polite.

The advertise to have the best sping rolls in town. They are definately not exaggerating. I usually have rare beef with noodle soup of beef balls with noodle soup. It's great. The broth is wonderful.

The cost is veeeery economical. Love it!

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Go next door to Saigon, skip this place.
By Icarus of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 10:39pm [Dine in]

Food Rating: The broth in my noodles were salty, and felt watered down to increase the volume of the soup, while avoiding to make more. Savings on operating expenses I suppose. Also, there was a hair in my soup, enough said.

Service Rating: Slow to clean the tables, and the tables are sticky. A dirty cloth isn't going to fix everything.

Value Rating: Raised their prices, which is unjustified since I do not want to pay extra, for the extra topping in my soup. (the hair)

Ambiance: Has a feeling of a home, a dirty one. Sticky tables, and sticky sauce bottles.

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Good pho and spring rolls
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 7:48am [Dine in]

I don't think there's you can have great Pho but this is one of the few places that does it pretty good consistently.

I usually order the assorted meats with a spring roll and it always hits the spot. The broth is fragrant and I've yet to confirm if there's any MSG in it (quite a few places leave me thirsty, however this one doesn't). The spring rolls are one of the best I've had at a Pho restaurant. The crispy outside skin is my favourite part.

Their dishes are like any other place but theirs tastes just a little better than most around town.

Servers are quite friendly (the owner especially!) and it's fairly clean. Cash only please.

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Quick and cheap.
By richie_rich of vancouver (49 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 2:39am [Dine in]

Hello there,

Whenever I'm in the area from some good and cheap Vietnamese...I usually go here for take out lunch. My order...one or two salad rolls with two spring rolls. The salad rolls are filled with bean sprouts and rice vermielli...with sliced Vietnamese ham and cooked shrimp. Also comes with a peanut/hoisin dipping sauce. Pretty good standard stuff. The spring rolls are hot off the deepfryer...the filling is more grinded up than I want but still pretty tasty. Its served with a slightly stronger fish sauce/rice vinegar dipping solution....cuts through the grease!!

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