ANH + CHI | 3388 Main St, Vancouver (anhandchi.com)
Serving Vietnamese food prepared with a modern twist and featuring an up scale décor, this high-end Vietnamese restaurant is winning awards and hearts of food fans. Anh + Chi offers traditional Vietnamese staples like Pho and Rice with Grilled Pork Chop, but also features unique dishes that not many other mom & pop Vietnamese restaurants can make. For lunch, you should try the Fresh Banana Blossom Salad With Soft Shell Crab, Roasted Peanuts, Vietnamese Mint & Chili Fish Sauce Dressing ($18), or if you go in groups, try the DIY Street-Side Platter which serves fresh lettuce, mixed herbs, pickled carrots and daikon, fine rice vermicelli, rice paper and your choice of house-made pork sausage, beef in lemongrass, grilled chicken, grilled prawn, crispy pork spring rolls, and chili fish sauce ($25). For dinner, you won’t be disappointed with the Turmeric & Dill Cod –which serves marinated cod with turmeric oil and galangal, and cooked tableside with fresh dill and green onions; paired with toasted sesame seed cracker, roasted whole peanuts, cilantro, herbs, vermicelli and Hanoi-style shrimp sauce ($27). Anh + Chi has a few interesting cocktails such as the Lá Xanh – Cachaca, Cointreau, cucumber, lime, orgeat, soda ($11), or the Lê Hoàn – Coconut fat-washed Gin, pandan infused Campari, Gancia Rosso sweet vermouth ($12).
CHI MODERN VIETNAMESE KITCHEN | 1935 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver (chirestaurantbar.com)
Run by Metro Vancouver’s Chi Le – winner of Vietnam Masterchef in 2014 – this culinary establishment offers Vietnamese cuisine in a more upscale atmosphere and through a slightly different cooking style, using fresh, organic, and locally sourced ingredients. Some stand-out dishes to try at Chi includes: Ginger Wagyu – stir-fried ginger garlic wagyu, house special sauce, fresh herbs, peanuts, crispy shallots, served with rice vermicelli noodles ($17), Wagyu Beef Carpaccio – Wagyu beef, herbs, onion, fish sauce, shallots, peanuts ($16), Coconut Braised Pork Belly ($20), and the Crab with Cellophane Noodles ($28). For drinks, the What The Pho cocktail serves up an interesting flavour combo of Gin, Cointreau, Lime, Coriander, Cinnamon, Star Anise, Cardamom ($15), Chi Ginger Beer – House Made Ginger Syrup with Lime Leaf, Lemon Grass Topped With Club Soda ($7), is also an exclusive drink not to be missed here.
Chi Le is the author of two cookbooks and like to add her own flair and creativity when cooking traditional Vietnamese dishes. She hopes to elevate Chi Modern Vietnamese Kitchen to a Michelin star status one day.