I like this place, no frills, good food, great service.
Sometimes though they do get really busy, and I've had them forget abot some of my stuff too, but if you wait around they'll usually givue a break on the bill, or at least give you a free dessert when they recoginize their mistake. I highly reccomend anything with the pepper steak, and avoid the "chicken tenderloin" or "seafood" (they're a little chewy). Seriously the best tofu I've had in vancouver. Oh and the combos are only for lunch, but the dinnser prices are so cheap, that a combo's usually unnecessary (choose from the "chef's specials" menu, my boyfriend and I can usually get stuffed on 20 bucks!).
We've been to Bodhi Choi Heung twice now for dinner, and have come away very happy (and very full!) for not much money (both times, dinner for two hungry big guys was $35 including a generous tip). The food itself is very, very good - lots of interesting flavours that come across as pretty 'authentic', and their fake meat is better than passable. Great textures and flavours, and their almond 'chicken' is outstanding.
One cool feature of their menus are the mini-appetizers they have...they're all priced around two or three bucks, so you can order a few (sort of like tapas) and get a nice variety of tastes to supplement your main dishes.
We had the same waitress both times, and she seems like she's always there - maybe she owns the place? Either way, she's super attentive and friendly, and seems genuinely happy to have you there. Tea and water refills come frequently, and the food hits your table from the kitchen so quickly that it's still too hot to eat.
If you're looking for an alternative to that other vegetarian restaurant on Main, this is a superb choice. Bodhi Choi actually takes debit, doesn't make you wait in line for a table, brings your food out fast, and is CLEAN. Highly recommended!
The restaurant: located on Fraser between Kingsway and King Ed, typically open for lunch hours (12-3?) and dinner hours (5-9?) Six days a week (closed Tuesdays.) The ambiance is basic and clean, with reading material available re: vegetarian & Buddhist lifestyles. The windows of the restaurant display the full menu, and posters with information on Buddhist/Meditation seminars being held in the city.
The service: Good, friendly, and consistent no matter what you look like/wear (i.e. not related to the servers' guestimation of your potential spending/tipping capability - I've found that to be an issue with a lot of Vancouver establishments.) The servers have been the same since we've been going there, which is a nice plus. If you go on a weekend evening it can get a bit busy and the service is slower, but still not bad.
The food: Excellent. Try their appetizer menu (small dishes, set price, very tasty, dim sum like options), lunch combos (soup, choice of main dish, and bowl of rice), curries and hot pots, noodle dishes (their Chow Fun w/ veggies is awesome), bean curd rolls, pepper steak, and almond chicken. They also do some great noodle in soup dishes that can double as either a pre-dinner soup or entree for those craving a big bowl of noodles ala traditional noodle shop.
Value: Great value! Their lunch combos are particularly good value (apx. $7 for a large bowl of soup, your choice of main dish, and rice.)
All the main dishes are reasonably priced, many are offered in two sizes (great option for people eating on their own or wanting to try a few different main dishes), and the quality of ingredients used is outstanding - this is not a place that uses sub-standard ingredients to keep the prices down. A meal for two adults with plenty of food (appetizer, soup, main dish + noodles & rice) comes to around $30 including a 20% tip.
I've had a lot of people recommend Bo Kong as the best in the city of this genre. None of the people recommending Bo Kong had ever tried Bodhi Choi Heung, and I think it's a bit of a hidden gem. I've tried Bo Kong a few times (review coming), and the food was just not as good as Bodhi Choi Heung - it was greasier, saltier, and tasted like lower quality ingredients were used (low on veggies, big on "filler.")
When I read the reviews, I was very excited to try this place.
However, I was in a bit of a rush, so I wasn't in the best mood to try this place. I didn't see any combos of any sort mentioned by other reviewers and when my dish arrived. they forgot my rice.
As I watched my food get cold, it started to get more and more unappetizing, so I just got up and left.
Oh well, maybe next time. Or not. The food did not look that good anyways.
If you think Bo Kong is the place for vegetarian Cantonese Cuisine then you have to try this place.
It may be small and old looking and the service may not be 5 star but the food sure is.
This place has English menus for those who can't read Chinese.
The food is amazing. I had four dishes with family and all were so good. They came very quick and the quality was excellent.
You can do combos if you are with others and you can select from a list of dishes.
I haven't tried them all but the ones I ordered were very good. There is a dish with deep fried bean curd, spinach and enoki mushrooms. That dish is a must try.
I would never go back to Bo Kong once I've been here.
Recommendation: Go try it and you'll enjoy it. Compare it with Bo Kong and you'll taste the difference of what real Cantonese food should be.
When I say simply, I mean the food is simple, made with veggies, beancurd, tofu, none of the new really exciting new style veggie meats. Although I personally love veggie meats.. Bodhi is able to make yummy dishes, without all the fancy stuff. THeir waitresses are very nice, and there are new desserts. Bo Kong used to have delicious foods but it has not been as good during the pass few years as their chef has changed, so I do not go there anymore. This is a nice place for good old veggie food. Make sure you don't go on the Lunar 1st or 15th though, as the place gets packed and there are only SET food menu at more expensive prices.
My boyfriend and I decided to go to Bodhi Choi tonight for dinner as we'd been to this restaurant once before and had a relatively enjoyable meal. However, the entire experience tonight was a total bust. The restaurant was packed and there were only two servers on shift. We expected somewhat delayed service, but we were blatantly ignored on several occasions. We ordered the vegetarian sweet and sour pork, and, like the reviewer below noted (and how I wish I'd read this review before we ordered!), it was nothing like faux pork; instead, it was like an empty, overly fried wonton wrapper. When were were finally able to wave over a waitress, we had no success in expressing our disappointment with the dish because of her limited English ability. She took the dish away and said she'd have the other waitress help us, but she (the other one) didn't end up stopping by for at least a half an hour. In the meantime, we ate the fried rice noodle dish that came shortly after the first dish. This, too, was a big let down; the noodles were very dry, the veggies were extremely minimal, and although we'd asked for veggie chicken in place of the veggie seafood, there was no sign of any kind of veggie meat. It was comparable to something you'd pay $3 for at one of those quick-stop places and later regret having eaten it. So, back to the yucky faux-pork-that-was-actually-just-flaky-wrapper: the second waitress (with much stronger English-speaking ability) finally came by to find out what had gone wrong and was very rude about the whole situation. When we explained our disappointment and inability to liken the dish to anything resembling veggie pork, her response was basically, Uhh, duh, it says crispy gluten on the menu, you morons. We asked for our bill, but 10-15 minutes later it still hadn't arrived, so we left a $10 bill on the table and resolved to never return. 3G is a much, MUCH better bet if you're craving vegetarian Chinese.
Intrigued by the reviews online I decided to get my veggie Chinese fix from here tonight instead of my usual stalwarts 3G or Bo Kong (aka Whole Vegetarian). What a mistake!
My family and I ordered the 'Sweet and Sour Pork', 'Stuffed Bean Curd and Mixed Vegetable Hot Pot', 'Deep Fried Dumplings' and 'Steamed Buns'. the 'Sweet and Sour Pork' was probably the biggest letdown. It turned out to be a gross wonton like deal with a thin, flavourless sauce, not a hint of fake meat in sight. The 'Stuffed Bean Curd and Mixed Vegetable Hot Pot' was is hilarious because it ended up being tofu instead, as if we couldn't tell the difference, in addition to it being drenched in another thin, flavourless sauce (this time Black Bean), the Steamed Buns, were again, flavourless. The Deep Fried Dumplings, were the only redeeming feature of the meal. This stuff wasn't cheap either for Chinese and very poor quality at that, all around $10-$13 a dish apart from the appetizers which were reasonably priced at $2.75. I don't know what went wrong; the place was pack and another person waiting to pick up their food said it was their favourite vegetarian Chinese restaurant. Did we just order the only horrible dishes on the menu? Doesn't matter as there's no way we're ever going back.