Foo - Asian Street Food

Next to the Dalton Hotel at Yates St and Blanshard St

Only two weeks old, Foo is not at this point, subject to criticism. That said, we were very happy with our experience. With some prodding from a Little Piggy reader, we headed for dinner. With some guidance from co-owner Sterling Grice, we made our selection: pakoras, beef short rib and broccoli, carmalised chicken and pad thai.

The pakoras were among the best I've had - anywhere. They were unusually tender and I could taste crushed coriander seeds - not the flavourless ground variety.  The Vietnamese style carmalised chicken (served as an appetizer, but large enough to serve as a small meal) was crispy and flavourful. A nice take on a favourite dish. Patty enjoyed his beef and broccoli. It was far superior to the ordinarily lifeless dish common to conventional Chinese menus. The short rib was tender and maintained it's structural integrity. Bea's pad thai, was as you might expect, but with brighter flavours and somewhat more complex seasoning.

All the flavours were strong and could have used a beer to wash them back with (liquor license is forthcoming), but lends itself to a mix and match approach with friends. Chef Patrick Lynch, formerly of Sanuk and Monsoon (Vancouver), clearly knows this cuisine and has a nicely designed menu for accommodating a variety of tastes.

Watch out Noodle Box and co., at this point in the game, Foo offers a more interesting variety of dishes, prepared with greater competency.

Sept 09