Bao Down - Filipino Fusion gets the latest nod on The Drive.
Out of all the different Southeast Asian restaurants that exists here in Vancouver, it’s quite the rare sighting to have cuisine from the Philippines make it on the culinary scene, especially on the drive. GM Alex Izard tells us that Bao Down's newest location at 1408 Commercial Drive is going to definitely change all that!
One of first impressions at their new location (they have three) is this colorful graffiti-style art which adorns both sides of the restaurant done by Japanese artist Taka Sudo. Behind the massive plank of the bar, an array of specialty cocktails are made such as the “Aventus” (pineapple/cardamom/anise shrub/charred cedar bitters) giving a smoky, yet tropical twist.
Their lunch menu which consists of mostly tacos and slider style tapas are a great way to maximize their unique comfort food approach and presentation. Although pretty much anything crispy or braised is a staple in Filipino food, their take on tuna like the “YVR” (sesame crusted albacore tuna/wasabi mayo/pea shoots/bacon/sweet shoyu), is really delicious, bridging that sweet to sour taste that Filipino cuisine is known for.
You can taste the variety of spices they infuse their fish and proteins with, then topped with raw vegetable toppings on top of either a soft pita bun, or tortilla.
Oh, and let’s not forget the three sweet and spicy sauces that are a table fixture for all their meals. All that fusion and creativity definitely deserves a BAO~ Welcome to The Drive!
Bao Down is located at 1408 Commercial Drive.
Blog and Photos by Alfonso Arnold / firstname.lastname@example.org
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