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New Town Bakery & Restaurant

148 E Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6A1T3
Tel: (604) 681-1828
Fax: (604) 681-3713
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Bakery, Chinese, Filipino
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Sun: 6:30AM - 8:30PM
  • Business hours from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., 7 days a week.Chinese dim sum and traditional steamed buns into the restaurant. The restaurant menu has expanded to include Filipino snacks as well as Western items.

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Chinese bun supremacy
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

I dropped on by before braving the DT crowd - it's my first visit in over a decade and I'm more confused now as to why I don't come here on a regular basis.

Buns are packed with filling; the apple tarts were a fresh batch so you could truly enjoy the flaky crust and warm apple filling. The filling in the pork bun was moist with a welcoming greasiness that melted in your mouth with each bite. You could easily satisfy your bun cravings with only one.

Service is a little disjointed. Even though they have signs at both ends of the counter telling customers to line up, it ends up much like a traffic jam with line cutters sneaking by, but the staff are efficient and deal with the rush with poise.

Decor is not their strong suite, it's through and through the classic chinese environment but the faces on the customers speak for NTB themselves.

I thought I had found the best buns in town before - these I believe rank supreme.

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cleaner?
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 5, 2009 - 11:38am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were in Chinatown and looking for a quick bite when I reminded her that we could also use some steamed buns. We hit NBR for a double shot of snacks. The line-up for buns was biblical, so we decided to fight our way through the throng of hungry Filipino bun-lovers and get a table instead. Service was brusque to put it kindly, but we kind of expected that. I wouldn’t smile if I worked here either. As for ambience, it was the same as last time (i.e. run down and disturbingly orange) but it looked like the boss bought a new mop because the floor was much cleaner than I remembered from my last sit-down meal here. I didn’t have the courage to look at the w/c.

I had the delicious beef with noodles (special plate “A”) for six bucks, and upgraded to an iced coffee beverage for a buck more. I also thought about takeout, but that costs an extra 50 cents : (. My beloved shopping companion had HK style French toast which was reported to be great, and not expensive. She went with iced tea, but soon realized that coffee with condensed milk would have been a better choice. As for price, the whole meal cost 13 bucks. That was a very good deal. We plan on getting our buns some day when the line-up is shorter.

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Unique/classic apple pie/turnover.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 3, 2006 - 5:50pm [Dine in]

Once every couple of years when I have a craving for their old fashioned--what I can only assume is Asian-style--apple turnovers (they call tarts or pie) though I've never managed to finish an entire one myself. They've managed to keep it consistently the tasty and different from what you get in most other bakeries. The buns are large though the prices make up for that, so in the end, it's not any kind of a deal, really. I don't go there for that though. And then again, it's been many many many years since I've actually sat inside. That aside, I would definitely recommend a quick run in & out to try out the apple turnover/pie.

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Chinatown favourite
By hydeeho of Burnaby (182 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 8:08pm [Dine in]

Apple tarts, egg pie, and steamed buns are always a must when visiting New Town Bakery and Restaurant in Chinatown. Service is great. The place looks really rundown and seedy. Whenever I go there I make it a point not to look too closely at the walls, ceiling, or floors. I like this place and don't want to scare myself into never returning.

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New Town offers favorite old flavours
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 16, 2008 - 4:22pm [Dine in]

As a kid, I always liked the really old school dessert/bun/steamed stuff my great grandmother gave me to eat. I'll always remember my favorite steamed buns, steamed white sugar dessert and apple tarts. Having found all that at New Town I don't need to go anywhere else.

If you buy from the front counter, the service is pretty fast. If you choose to eat at the restaurant, it's a bit ghetto but you'll just get to eat it there.

Besides the original Chinatown location, there is another store in Surrey off of the Surrey Central skytrain station. Same stuff as Chinatown but way less people!

New Town delivers old time flair that keeps me going back.=)

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Nice buns
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 30, 2006 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

On the occasion that I visit Chinatown, this place is great to grab a quick snack. The have great steamed buns, especially the deluxe one with everything in it. Meat, egg, veggies...all in one doughy bundle. Nice and cheap too.

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Apple tarts are.. flaky goodness.
By teddyandturtle of Vancouver - Kingsway (84 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

I came by here from a recommendation of a coworker to try the coconut buns or something. Instead I tried their apple tarts (kind of odd considering it's a very Chinese bakery) but they were oh so good. I must have been lucky and gotten them super fresh. It was so flaky and buttery and warm, with the sweet apple sauce inside. My mouth just watered thinking about it again.

Anyways, there wasn't a line up luckily and I just got apple tarts. The place could definitely use a nice clean up but I will DEFINITELY be back soon.

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Decent food!
By lovingfood of Kerrisdale (90 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 6:30pm [Dine in]

I went to the one in Richmond. It's a small store. I assume the selections are probably less than the one in China town? (never been to the one in China town) However the food tastes great and it's good value.

Food tastes great. They are in decent size and inexpensive. There are a few seats in the store but I prefer just pay and go. The store is in a square mall. Parking is easy, just park right in front of store. It's very convenient for grabbing a quick bite.

There is no ambiance because it's a small store with no decor. But who cares if you just pay and go.

Service is OK. I don't have a problem with it. You just tell the lady what you want and she will get them for you and let you pay. It's a smooth transaction and no fuzz. I don't really care the staff smiles or not. It's all good.

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Cheap Chinese Buns Heaven with the BEST apple tarts!!
By richie_rich of vancouver (48 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 11:38pm [Take-out]

Hello there,

Been coming here for years but they added a new wrinkle to ordering take-out at the bakery counter...a manual number ticket machine. Its a big red snail shell to the right of the entrance...just tear off the next ticket and wait for them to call your number.
My favorites:steamed chicken bun, steamed deluxe chicken bun (Bola Bola) it got a large chicken meatball, slice of ham and a salty egg yolk in the package...I would say.. all their steamed buns are the size of half a baseball softball, deep fried pork dumpling...looks like a mini football with minced pork, dried shrimp, daikon, and black mushroom filling and the deep fried prawn dumpling.... like a Har gow filling in a crisp half pocket. My all time favorite are their warm award winning apple tarts....slightly sweet apple filling with a flaky sugar dusted enclosure!! This is one of best places for soild cheap bakery take-out...each item above is below or near two bucks exluding hst...how do you beat that deal????!!!!! Thanks for reading.

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Them apple tarts are amazin'!
By WeekendChef of Burnaby (45 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 3:25pm [Dine in]

They make the best apple tarts in the world (in my humble opinion of course). I grew up eating apple tarts from another local chinatown bakery that closed down about 30 years ago. Needless to say, those tarts were greatly missed as the gentleman who owned the bakery didn't share the recipe with anyone! Many tried, but none matched the wonder of those tarts. Years and years later, my parents tell me that someone had located the old gentleman and persuaded him to part with the recipe. Lo and behold, the return of the apple tart! Now, I'm not sure if that's a true story or not, but this is a very close replica of those original tarts I remember so well from my childhood. Whenever we're in Chinatown for dim sum, we always truck across the street for a box of these sweet treats. The hubby, who never had one of these until I came along, loves them. Not too sweet and a light pastry. Service can be hit or miss,.. they're usually quite slammed in there with a large crowd in front of the display cases, but they're quick. Don't go in expecting service with a smile... efficient but not warm a fuzzy for these busy folks. The steamed buns are also amazingly tasty and when you get them piping hot... wow! They almost beat mom's homemade ones (but don't tell mom that). Pastries like the pineapple buns, bbq pork buns and all your traditional chinese pastries are good. Fresh and very tasty. Value is great for what you get. Ambience is what it is. A busy pastry shop with no time or budget for fuss and decoration. If you can handle brisk service and can live without a beaming smile from your server, you'll get some good nibblies.

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Go for the Prawn Turnovers
By Gaycanuck of Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 30, 2010 - 12:02pm [Dine in]

This is the kind of place that you don't go to for friendly service or great ambience. It has neither. HOWEVER the PRAWN TURNOVERS are literally to die for. It has become a ritual with my bros and me to stop there on our adventures to Chinatown. The prawn turnovers are stuffed full of shrimp in a neat type of pastry I have never seen before. Everyone I have taken there have them always want to come back for more. The service however can be frustrating, sometimes even rude, but it is worth it to get these great turnovers.

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Consistant steamed buns. Good Flavour
By Hargow of Richmond (46 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 7:08pm [Dine in]

Drop by on regular basis, say every other week or so to this bakery. Food products are continually consistant. They offer various varieties of steamed bun products. I usually pick up a 1/2 to a doz. They also have dumpling type,egg rolls and sweet tarts. All are pretty good and are worth it if you like those types of items. Pender Street store better though.
Not really a place to dine, but they have a few tables to sit at. Mostly they really are a bakery. Still haven't found better buns with varieties.

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Sit down, have a bun, have a talk.
By jezzme of Burnaby (62 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 10, 2005 - 11:01am [Dine in]

(The title of this review is more of a Chinese saying.) New Town Bakery isn't really the kind of place to sit and dine; it has that 70's diner feeling, with it's orange / yellow booth seats, downstairs smorgasboard, and its curly-haired waitresses.

But the buns are always steaming hot and good. We *always* ~$20 worth while we're down there for the week, as well as some to freeze for later.

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Newtown Bakery
By grandpaed of burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 28, 2009 - 7:52pm [Dine in]

Not fine dining just good simple food,Claen and reasonable good soups lemon chicken with good sauce reasonable d im sum .A little noisey old men talking in loud voice .Con they dont take interact .Cash only My wife taught home ec in the phillipines and loves the buns. we shall return again soon.order buns to take out

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turnovers good/buns great
By discerning_palate of vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 4, 2007 - 10:58pm [Dine in]

I absolutely agree with the person who talked about “Apple Tart Mystery Solved!!!”. The apple tarts at New Town aren’t bad. I probably would like them more if I hadn’t have been spoiled with the old recipe from the owner’s of the Hong Kong Café. We used to know one of the proprietors and he would make them and they would be brought over as a gift when a family member visited us. They were a real treat because they were such a rarity. The ones at New Town are like puff pastry, like a regular turnover. But the HK café pastry was like a cross between pie crust and puff and the filling was homemade.

Yes, New Town has the best BBQ pork buns. What makes it is their filling and the moist and slightly sweet dough. I think the dough is yeast risen, not the baking powder type. The key to the filling is in the sauce and in the cut of meat. It’s not as good if it’s only lean meat. You have to have a bit of fat in there too. I had it once with lean meat and was turned off but I tried it again and it was back to normal. In general the menu is solid.

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Don't bother sitting in...Take it to go
By carrotstop of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 6:55pm [Dine in]

The vegetable buns and chicken steam bun were better than T&T dim sum. They were decent size. The bun part was especially delicious, soft, and moist. The huge sesame balls were very very good. Be sure to try one of those bad boys.
The service was horrible. The servers were rude. Just purchase the goods and eat somewhere else that serve better tea.

o- ya. The place only takes cash.

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Nothing too special, but good pastry
By gallivantplease of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 4, 2005 - 10:56am [Dine in]

The actual restaurant, or "diner", as it has been appropriately dubbed in a previous review, is nothing unique nor extremely worthwhile. The food is standard, but for what you pay, good value. Pastries are cheap and tasty. As mentioned, avoid the sponge cake here, as it's not the best.

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Loved the Siopaos and Chinese pastries
By lasombra of East Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 2:56pm [Take-out]

Well I really loved its signature Siopao's(meat bread dumpling) and Chinese rice cakes(very nicely made, one of the best). The only downside is the service. The female server is really nice and I gave her a 20 percent tip. The Chinese male is probably one of the worst servers I have ever seen, very surly, never smiiles and is very curt. I had to shout at him in order to get my order through. the value is solid and cheap for the food quality.

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2 minutes of goodness
By KushPizzaSleep of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 1:42am [Dine in]

Newtown bakery; a location favorite nestled in the heart of historic chinatown was the destination for a late afternoon snack. Serving a varied of baked goods and dim sum items, one can have it all at this bakery. But lets get serious, I was here for reason and one reason only, and that was their famous "Steam Bun". These suckers are made right in front of your eyes, coming in a variety of flavors, from salty and saviour pork, to sweet and sugary black bean paste and of course lotus. I went for the black bean bun and was not disappointed. Right out of the steamer, the dough is so soft and fluffy for the first couple minutes that.. well really words can not describe. This caused me to finish mine in around 2 minutes. I took 2 home and ate them later, and they were not nearly as good as they were fresh. I also got some "new moon pies" in red bean flavor and they were great as well. Oh yeah and my bill was around 5 bucks for all this!

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Go for the Steamed Buns
By Kusano of Richmond (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 14, 2006 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

When I walked into New Town, they were just rolling out a fresh batch of steamed Vegetarian buns. Rows and rows of steaming little pillows snuggled into the large bamboo steamer. Had to resist the urge to *poke* the buns as they wheeled by :)

When I tore the bun in half, steam came billowing out and I could see at least 5 types of veggies and CHUNKS of tofu as the filling. Ok, so I realize this may not sound so appetizing to the meat eaters out there, but it's an important note because vegetarians usually get ripped off. I've sure seen my share of cabbage buns. The bun by the way was delicious and surprisingly flavourful for containing only veggies.

After I finished eating, they brought out a fresh batch of egg tarts and again, I couldn't resist so I bought 2 on my way out. Oooooh so dreamy. The custard is SO silky when it's still hot but be warned that it's HOT! Silky smooth, not too sweet and nestled in a puff pastry shell yum!

Don't expect much in terms of ambiance or service. It's all about the buns here. Will definitely be back.

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