There’s a new Vietnamese vegetarian restaurant in town.
The food at Three Jewels (1179 Commercial Drive) in Vancouver is all vegan, though the eatery offers cow’s milk as an option alongside soy milk for bubble tea and Vietnamese iced coffee. Three Jewels held its grand opening on July 29.
On the menu are pho and other noodle soups ($5.99 to $6.99), rice plates ($6.99), noodle dishes ($6.99), and spring and salad rolls ($3.25 to $4.99). In addition to bubble tea ($3.95) and iced coffee ($3.50), the drinks on offer include soft drinks and beer.
I’ve tried the bun cha gio chay (vegetarian spring roll vermicelli), bun bi chay (vegetarian shredded pork vermicelli), bun hue chay (spicy sate vermicelli noodle in soup), and bi cuon chay (vegetarian salad rolls with shredded tofu). None of these dishes disappointed.
The bubble tea—available in flavours such as mango, watermelon, taro, and milky strawberry—is made with fresh fruit, so it’s thicker than the powder-mix product you get at a lot of bubble-tea joints.
Three Jewels took over the location of a sushi joint, and the no-frills interior resembles your neighbourhood greasy spoon. But the pleasant service and delicious food more than make up for this. The bottle of veggie fish sauce at each table is also a nice touch.
The restaurant is open 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. It joins Burnaby’s fully vegan Paradise Vegetarian Noodle House (8681 10th Avenue) in offering a menu of exclusively plant-based Vietnamese food.