Chinatown BBQ - Roast Pork & Duck Combo Plate
BBQ Cantonese Chinatown Chinese CUISINE / RESTAURANT REVIEWS LOCATION Vancouver

Chinatown BBQ Vancouver

It had been forever since I’ve had Cantonese barbequed crispy pork and roast duck ever since my parents and I moved out of Richmond.  I had a craving for it so took DaddyO out for lunch and he suggested Chinatown BBQ in…well, Chinatown!

Chinatown BBQ Vancouver

My parents regularly pick up roast pork or roast duck from this place, so I had an image in my head that this restaurant would be like those greasy old bbq shops in Richmond from my younger years.  Boy was I wrong.

This place was modern and beautiful!  It looked like a new-age diner done in vintage decor.  It was clean and bright and the workers were…polite!

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But I knew what this meant…that the prices will also reflect the decor.  This was no longer a no-frills, greasy yet delicious, shout-at-you-if-you’re-too-slow type of shop.  It’s now catering to the tourists and the first-timers (non-Asians), the millenials, and no longer to the old Chinatown population.

Heck..they’re not even “Cash Only”!!  Debit, credit, you name it…they’ll take it all! (FYI, “Cash Only” payments is usually the norm with older, more traditional Asian eateries.)

Chinatown BBQ - Roast Pork & Duck Combo Plate

We ordered a Roast Pork & Roast Duck Combo Plate ($17) to share and 2 bowls of rice ($2 each).  $17!!!!

And the portion was SOOOO SMALL.  The picture is misleading…it’s true when they say that the camera adds 10 lbs.  There were 6 pieces each of the pork and the duck.

The pork was quite tasty.  Skin was light and crisp and meat was well seasoned.  The duck, however, had soft skin, which means it wasn’t super fresh.  It was also room temperature.

DaddyO and I were very dismayed at the portion size.  Don’t think we’ll come back for dine-in…not sure if the parents will get the meats take-out anymore either…but it IS within walking distance for them so that might be the deciding factor in the end.  IF they really really craved some Cantonese bbq.

Service was good, COVID precautions were…in place.  However I don’t understand the point of wearing gloves when you don’t change them everytime after picking up the bone dishes of different tables, and also bringing your food (and touching your plate) with the same gloves.  After all…the bone dishes are full of bones that patrons have spat out..from their mouths….

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  1. “It’s now catering to the tourists and the first-timers (non-Asians), the millenials [sic], and not longer to the old Chinatown population.”

    Maybe you should do your research a bit better before making such statements. What tourists would have been coming at the time of your review? Have you paid attention to the clientele at this place?

    Do you know anything about the staff? Did you know that the chef and staff brought experience from their time at Daisy Garden — the CLASSIC restaurant in Chinatown for BBQ and noodles that opened in the 1970s and remained open until their fire several years ago?

    You Chinese food bloggers have champagne tastes with beer budgets…because quantity = quality, right? You order a dish meant to feed one person and you complain about the portion size? BWAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    1. Hi Whoever you are! I love that you didn’t want to sign in as yourself and instead decided to pose as me to write this comment that goes against my own post/opinion! Not sure what that would accomplish but thank you so much for visiting!

      In response to your comments,

      What tourists would have been coming at the time of your review? Have you paid attention to the clientele at this place?

      Well obviously this change in business model happened prior to the current Coronavirus pandemic. Plus this was told to us from our server. And yes, I have paid attention to the clientele. There was quite an equal mix of Asians and non-Asians. In fact, when I was there, there WERE first-timers coming in and asking for lots of recommendations from the server! Riddle me that! Was that what you meant?

      Do you know anything about the staff? Did you know that the chef and staff brought experience from their time at Daisy Garden — the CLASSIC restaurant in Chinatown for BBQ and noodles that opened in the 1970s and remained open until their fire several years ago?

      I don’t see how this is relevant to what I observed regarding the change in client culture.

      You Chinese food bloggers have champagne tastes with beer budgets…because quantity = quality, right? You order a dish meant to feed one person and you complain about the portion size?

      Actually, this just means I know how big a portion AND how much this sort of food costs regularly if it was to cater to the normal Asian community like myself, my parents, my grandparents, etc. Which it used to. By the way, “You Chinese food bloggers” sounds racist…might want to change up your vocabulary even when you DO think that way.

      BWAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

      Thanks for this! I had the same reaction reading your #triggered response!

      xoxo,
      Wendy

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