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Chow

3121 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6H3K1
Tel: (604) 608-2469 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 608-2460
Neighbourhood: South Vancouver
  • Cuisine: Pacific northwest
  • Price: $$$ ($30 - $45)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Chow restaurant is set to open in January 2007.The menu change with the market, designed to showcase the best products available.A smaller plates menu concept with a unique wine list.A casual and professional service in a vibrant atmosphere,inspired by its clientele.

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It's time to CHOW down
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

Hmm, very strange I know I submitted a review for this restaurant the other day but since then I think it's been deleted! Why? I know I gave a decent review on a place I would go back to for sure! Very strange...

Anyways, hopefully this post will survive. I went to Chow for my birthday dinner and really enjoyed it. The food was good - all local and fresh and I was quite surprised at the portion/price ratio. The size was good and the price was a little bit more than I'm used to paying but definitely worth it.

The really cool creamy cocktail I had was definitely memorable. The frozen nuggat? Delicious.

Not the easiest place to find but you might be lucky and find some parking nearby and take a short stroll up the cool part of Granville Street. =)

I'd love to go back and try more of their interesting cocktails. =)

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top notch fine dining
By genki39 of burnaby (82 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 6, 2009 - 11:40pm [Dine in]

I came here for dinner with my friend last Thursday. She got there before I did so she had a drink at the bar while she was waiting for me. I had a drink at the bar as well when I got there, the bartender was quite friendly and knowledgeable with her drinks. We were then seated to our table, the place is quite small, and a little plain in my opinion. My friend started with the steak tartare ( which was one of the specials that nite) and then the ling cod, I started with the tuna tartare and then the braised veal cheeks. The food was very good, very nicely presented and well prepared. They know what their doing in the kitchen for sure. Service was very professional as well. Not the place you go to every week but for special occasions not too many better.

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Overrated
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 11:35pm [Dine in]

Read a bunch of great reviews of this place on dinehere.ca and decided to treat ourselves to a delicious evening.

To my surprise, this place was not what I expected. This place was "nice" but I thought it'll be more like West Restaurant. There were not enough dinner selections. We had the tuna tartar and the ling cod. The tuna was yummy, nothing can go wrong with tuna tartar. The ling cod was a disappointment especially that it was the most expensive thing on the menu. It was ok and did not melt in my mouth. As for dessert, we had the brownie w/ peanut butter ice-cream. That tasted alright and wasn't too satisfying.
As for atmosphere, they were playing some freaky non-loungy music. It wasn't very romantic.

I would not go again.

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And chow down we did!
By azn_msfyt of Delta (194 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 10:03pm [Dine in]

Food: had the early prix fix menu ($35 per person). Had this portobello mushroom tart that was amazing and a creamy mussel soup which was good. For mains, we had the pork loin and ling cod. The pork loin was very good but there was a peculiar after taste while the ling cod was ok - a bit greasy I thought and may have been overcooked a tad. They both came with this cauliflower puree which complemented both dishes well. Ended the night with the chocolate mille feuille and pistachio nougat which were both excellent. Drinks were a tad disappointing - nothing special.

Service: fantastic the entire night. Glasses were refilled and they made sure we were taken care of without being too intrusive.

Ambiance: Great interior, great lighting, spacious but not much of a view. The restaurant also seemed a bit empty but it was a Sunday night.

I would recommend others to come to Chow's and we would return perhaps to taste the regular menu.

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Memorable food, but a bit expensive
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (123 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 2, 2007 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here twice now. The food is memorable every time, and the wine selection very good, but everything is rather expensive, given the small portions they give you. The decor is a bit plain, though comfortable, but nothing special. The service is attentive. I'll probably return, but not too often, when there are other places in town offering better value for money.

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lovely place
By alpha_dog of richmond (61 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 8, 2008 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

heard good things about Chow so came here to see what the hype was about.
we were welcomed and directed to our table very politely, i made reservations for 5:30pm and it was basically empty when we arrived..
i tried their house made sausage and it was not to my liking because it had this sour taste to it that i did not enjoy, the side that came with it did not compensate for the overall flavor of the sausage which was disappointing.. my gf ordered the sloping hills pork which tasted 10x better, i should have gotten that instead. we also had their dessert, the chocolate brownie was marvelous!
the service was excellent, our waitress was very friendly and professional with us the entire evening so we left her a generous tip when we paid for the bill.
prices are not expensive compared to other restaurants in the same category but their servings are quite small which makes up for their cheaper prices.
the ambiance here is great: nicely decorated and relaxed atmosphere contributes positively to the dining experience.
this place has the potential to be really good and that is why i would return here again, only thing i would stay away from is their sausage.. other than that, everything else was terrific!

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Highly recommended
By madddskillz of Burnaby (57 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 20, 2007 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

Chow is great! Stopped by late monday night for dinner for 2. The space is cozy and simple. Has a sort of warm industrial feel. Service was great, the waitress was very attentive and friendly.

Food was fantastic. My date started with the roasted portabelle tart, which was really good. The mushrooms were served atop a flaky grilled sourdough baguette. If you go... u must order this! I had the sauteed organic mushrooms, which featured a nice mixure of different types of mushrooms. Just realized now that they mixed our orders up and I got the slightly less good tasting one :( oh well.

For mains I had the "Sloping Hill Farm" organic pork... which is really great. I would recommend ordering this. The Pork is very tender and succulent, and it's served atop a sweet and sour tomato chutney, which compliments the pork really well. My date had the pan-roasted arctic char, which was quite good as well. The fish had a good texture and wasn't too dry or anything, and the manila clam and mussel salad and the olive oil crusted potatoes served with it were pretty tasty.

Haha and to add to that we also spotted Rob Feenie dining here. I'm gonna give this place a 5 because I'm quite impressed with it. Chow has the innovation and quality of a much more expensive restaurant.

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Delicious food!
By hbelle of vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 3:47pm [Dine in]

Wonderful place for dinner. Came here on a date with my dad. We ordered 2 appetizers -- portobello tart and organic mushrooms, both were superb. For entrees we had the salmon on chowder and duck breast on pasta, both were very tasty and portions are decent. For dessert we shared chocolate fondant with banana icecream and peanut butter sauce -- to die for! Food was organic, very fresh, very tasty, and very nicely prepared. Service was good. The only thing I wonder about is why the bill doesn't come in a billfold - it was by itself. It is a little expensive, but it's a great place to come once in a while because the food is worth it! They have parking in the back.

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Yummy Appy's!
By gti303 of Vancouver, BC (45 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 30, 2009 - 3:13pm [Dine in]

I only had the chance to get 5 appy's here between 2 others to share (we were on a multi restaurant tasting spree one evening). All I can say is YUM! very nicely and delicately done. Everything we ordered had great contrasting textures and tastes. I'm pretty wary of new trendy places, but the food is great. The service was good...nothing SUPER, but definately good...

I can't wait to go back here again!

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Tasty
By epicurian of Kerrisdale (42 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 18, 2008 - 12:45pm [Dine in]

This place is great. The room is lively the service pretty good and the food is just wonderful. Everytime I go, I sit and stare at the menu. Never quite certain what to order but every time that comes to the table is presented beautifuly and melts in my mouth. Lovely flavour combinations. The chef definetely has west coast style down. Perhaps a change in menu format would be good. The service is speedy and I would have given them 4 stars but food was delivered to the wrong person & descriptions were not accurate.

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maybe best value for excellent food in the city
By xenoc of vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 10:00pm [Dine in]

Chow may not deliver the finest dining in the city but it is really excellent and really stands out as a casual place to get terrific food at a very reasonable price. The menu appears to rely heavily on local products and changes with what's available so always yields fresh and vibrant dishes with a local BC feel. The service is amaturish but heartfelt and personal and on one occaision our server even obtained a recipe for me from the chef that has turned out to work really well in my home kitchen. This is the place I recommend to most visitors from out of town unless they are looking for something specific (sushi, Indian, really high end dining) and all our guests have always been pleased as well.

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I want to find out what the hype is about!
By ryyeung of Richmond (35 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 2:14pm [Dine in]

So after endless hours of nagging from my partner, I finally gave in to her request to try Chow out. My first experience here met my expectations, but didn't really exceed them like a restaurant like Hon's or Congee Noodle House would. Guys - I'm just curious whether you chose the restaurant, your partner does, or a 50/50 split? I usually allow my companion choose since she's the pickier one.

Food: I had the prix fix dinner for $38 dollars. I forgot what I ate for appy, so it probably wasn't very memorable. I had pulled pork for the entree and was very pleased with it. Very tender and the pee puree was just the right texture and consistency. The desert was a apple tart - a Safeway pie with plain vanilla ice cream would be more satisfying. My partner had deep fried pull pork nuggets, which was overfried and tasteless without a sauce. Her main course of pan seared scallops were quite tasty tho. I also had a caesar that was a bit disapoiting - it was more of a shake than a cocktail.

Service: Our waitress was very helpful with our dinner suggestions, especially with the entree which were both delicious. Very attentive, drinks always refilled. The only complaint I have is the time gap between serving. Seated to drinks: 5 mins, drinks to appy: 10 mins, appy to entree: 25 mins, entree to dessert: 5 mins, needs more consistency IMO.

Ambiance: Nice and clean. Artwork I think is real oil paintings. The washroom wallpaper is a nice style too. Can't complain. I just wish they played some music tho.

Overall, not a bad restaurant. Heard they try to source locally ingredients, so that's good too.

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Valentine's Menu
By pigout604 of Richmond (8 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 2:22am [Dine in]

I had the pleasure of having their 5-course Valentine's day menu and it was absolutely delicious. Carefully "crafted" and prepared and it absolutely shows. Whereas some establishments may throw together a menu for the holiday rush, it is quite obvious that they did everything with care and made our evening very special. Granted that I've so far only tried their Feb14th Fixed Menu, there is no complaint from me for the food department. The foie gras was shocking. Will definately go back to try their regular menu.

Perhaps my only gripe would be their decor. A minimalist theme with designer chairs (very comfortable) and a gorgeous bar, I would say the interior is a run-of-the-mill "fine dining restaurant", nothing spectacular or unique. Not young and avant-garde, but more conservative and sophisticated. To each his own.

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Chow Restraurant
By BeeAli of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 8:18am [Dine in]

When I walked into Chow recently -- a sleek, contemporary restaurant with high gloss cement floors and the usual beige on beige decor -- I was worried about all of the usual things in a place that fits this description. Namely, cool and aloof treatment from the staff, pretentious atmoshphere, and a bill with four digits followed by an overwhelming sense of hunger. From the moment I entered Chow, I was pleasantly surprised by the friendly and warm welcome, the service that always anticpated what you wanted next and the fresh, organic food that tastes like a culinary adventure. The only gripe I have is that when the bar is busy, the dining area is noisy. This is why my rating for ambiance is so low.

I can't wait for the summer to arrive when they open up their outdoor patio. We ordered drinks, appetizers, main courses, coffee and shared a desert and the bill was under $100.00. Do give Chow a try. As I live only a block away, I think this might be my new neighbourhood spot. Just what South Granville needed.

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Scrumptious
By vinns of marpole, vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

I came here with my sister, a fellow foodie, and tried this place after reading all the hype. I did not regret it. We weren't super hungry, so I ordered the early prixe fixe dinner and she just ordered the tuna tartar.

My first course was the ling cod, which were 3 balls of tender fish fried on the outside served on a small bed of greens. Very delicious, not oily, and it was a great start to the meal. My sister's tuna tartare was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS and all the flavours blended together perfectly. The avocado paste at the bottom, the sparse pieces of taro chips, the sweetest grapefruit I've ever tasted, and above all, well seasoned tuna tartare that had a tangy and fresh taste to it. I've never had tuna like that. AMAZING for $15.

For the main course, I had the organice pork, and the meat was incredibly tender. The Shitake mushrooms were also moist and delicious. Very good.

Dessert was pistaschio nougat. Frozen nougat on a very crisp and tasty wafer, paired with a slice of warm poached pear and pear puree. Wonderful and innovative blend of flavours (pistaschio and pear! who would've thought?).

Service was all right, just decent. Ambiance is nice, but also nothing to write home about. Sort of casual. Overall a great experience, and I will definitely be back.

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Solid All The Way
By Viviyan of Burnaby (27 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 2:07am [Dine in]

I really can't think of any memorable reason that would draw me back here. 4 of us tried out Chow today for a celebration meal. I think the rest of the party was definitely more impressed with the liquor list and menu than I was. I had the grilled octopus dish that came with a chickpea arugala salad, homemade chorizo plus the "Mint Rickey" which was um, pretty bland. It tasted like ginger and water. It wasn't sweet enough for me. The octopus was surprisingly tender. But it was definitely cold all the way through when it got to my table. Oh well, maybe it was meant to be not warm? Wasn't impressed with the chorizo, where's the smokiness flavour? The portions were fair for the price. But... I still left hungry.

The service was pretty good! They catered to both guests of our party that had major food allergies.

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Great spot
By Fantasticfoodie of WHITE ROCK BC (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 10:14pm [Dine in]

Really, really good. Service was great I would recommend sitting at the bar although the stools could be a little more comfy. Music great. Ask the bartender for one of their original cocktails with the egg white (I do not think it is on the menu anymore but it sure is good). Chef definetely knows what he/she is doing. Will return.

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Prix fixe menu
By rylsiem of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 4:33pm [Dine in]

It was my first time here at Chow. I was impressed with the very modern, trendy, yet refined ambiance. I had the 3 course menu for $35, starting with the mussel soup, which had a very nice fish extract flavour for the soup base. Main course was the pork loin, which was tender and juicy. For dessert I had the chocolate mille feuille with Bailey ice cream which was a nice balance in taste. Service was friendly and attentive. I would definitely go back.

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Pleasantly Surprised
By asiapebbles27 of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 14, 2007 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

Had a girls night out recently and descended upon Chow, not having read or heard any reviews. We were all delighted with our dishes: Ahi Tuna Tataki on avocado carpaccio, Gnocchi, Maple Cured Salmon, Foie Gras, although they were a tad pricey when several of the dishes did not come with sides, but still worth a re-visit in the future.

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Great addition to the Vancouver Scene
By CoffeeKid of East Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - 1:10am [Dine in]

We presented Chow with one of those nightmare situations for a small space: a last minute booking for 16 people (which they accommodated), and one which grew to 24 people by the time all the late joiners-in showed up. I wanted to showcase some west coast cuisine to visiting Europeans, and this new spot on Granville was at the top of my list. 16’s scary enough for a 45 seat restaurant - 24 is pushing it. But the nightmare was made a dream event by the Chow staff, including a lot of personal attention by manager Mike Thomson.

Prior to the evening, I asked Chef Jean Christophe Poirier if he could make up a unique non-menu appetizer for 16 souls; then he had to expand it last minute to 24 servings but no matter - they came out perhaps a bit later than normal, but to the delight of all of us, they were fantastic. The mains were a la carte, and again fantastic meals - not a single complaint.

For dessert, Chef Poirier matched up an amazing chocolate / caramel concoction with a foam reduction that matched a 30 year old tawny stunningly well. The pairing blew peoples’ minds.

Handling our 24 souls was done very well, and the food was a brilliant representation of west coast fusion cuisine. Highly recommended.

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