The latest entry in Vancouver's growing Asian fusion scene, Chinois (1035 Mainland St.) opened its doors last week in Yaletown with a party for media, well-wishers and food bloggers. Inside, the trendy nouveau Asian decor featured lantern-like metal light fixtures and colourful paintings set against exposed brick walls and wooden beams.
As for the food, it was an homage to executive chef Ryan Mah's traditional Chinese background, featuring tasty spins on classic dishes familiar to many Chinese people: chow mein, kung pao chicken, fried rice. Those who've had a lot of exposure to Asian food will be quick to point out that the prices seem steep for fried rice and noodles. But then again, Chinois prides itself on quality. Organic ingredients, AAA beef tenderloin, free range chicken and ocean-wise seafood all appear on the menu. Besides, this restaurant is a good way to ease the uninitiated into what good Chinese food should be like. (Yes, people who don't know about good Chinese food still exist in this world.)
Welcome to Yaletown, Chinois!