Red Pagoda The
1408 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC, V5L 3X9
Step inside the Red Pagoda for a divine meal from the Far East.
|Cuisine Type |||Vietnamese, Asian|
|Ambiance |||Casual, Dining Alone|
|Meals Served |||Lunch, Dinner|
|Amenities |||Full Bar|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Getting There |||Commercial Drive Station/Bus 20|
|Cross Street |||Kitchener Street|
|Mon, Wed & Thurs: 11:30AM-9PM; Fri: 11:30AM-10PM; Sat: 12PM-10PM; Sun: 12PM-9PM|
Profile Last Updated: April 28, 2009
When it opened in 2008 the Red Pagoda was welcomed with open arms by the Commercial Drive community. As the only restaurant serving Vietnamese fare in the ethnic neighbourhood, it became instantly popular thanks to its expertly prepared authentic dishes. Throngs of diners flock to the bustling restaurant for quick lunches, but in the evenings, the atmosphere changes with candlelight and the music goes from Chinese pop to classical. The dining room is sleek and simple, with black wood tables and chairs, red lanterns and large, dark, bold pieces of art featuring a Buddha face and a Pagoda. There’s space for about 40 guests in three neat rows, as well as a window-side raised platform with two tables for two, which offer a little more privacy.
Inspired Asian Cuisine
The Red Pagoda serves dishes inspired by the flavours of Asia, with a focus on Vietnam. For those new to the cuisine, the shared plates offer a great starting point and allow you to sample several different items including salad rolls, spring rolls and tempura, as well as more exotic choices like minced shrimp on sugar cane and beef wrapped in heart leaves. Soups are one of the big draws at the Pagoda with various types of pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) on the menu as well as unique options like crab-asparagus and chicken meatball with quail eggs. Vermicelli noodle bowls, chow mein and rice plates are also popular choices. If you’re unsure of what to order, try one of the chef’s specialties: yellow curry, spicy green beans or beef stew. To complete the experience, indulge in a traditional dessert: Vietnamese flan or sweet green beans.
Traditional Beverages with a Twist
The Vietnamese are known for their coffee and the Red Pagoda serves it up right. In addition to hot and iced brews, the restaurant also serves traditional blended fruit shakes with avocado, coconut and jackfruit. The Pagoda has a full bar and serves up some delicious original cocktails, such as the lychee colada and mango and peach bellinis. A small, but tasteful collection of beers and wines are also available.