From hot plates and noodles to bao and seafood, here's an overview of a few Asian eateries about to open up, and a number that are closing down.
Hot stuff in the Davie Village
West Enders seeking hot plates will soon have a new destination to check out.
Teppan Kitchen is opening this month in the Davie Village, in the space formerly occupied by Mango Thai at 1206 Davie Street.
As we previously mentioned, Mango Thai is searching for a new location.
Similar to Pepper Lunch, Teppan Kitchen serves teppanyaki, Japanese-style meals served on a sizzling-hot plate, as well as Hong Kong–inspired drinks and snacks.
While menus vary from location to location, their main plates range from seafood, such as Atlantic salmon or unagi (eel), to spice chicken or tonkatsu (pork cutlet). Each dish comes with miso, and many come with rice.
There's even poutine, believe it or not.
Hong Kong beverage aficionados may be pleased to find there are HK–style drink selections such as milk tea coffee mix, lemon water, and iced matcha honey tea.
The franchise has a location at the Aberdeen Mall food court in Richmond as well as at the Harbour Centre food court (555 West Hastings) in downtown Vancouver.
Denman takes a bao
Denman Mall is about to get a new tenant.
Three-Quarters Full will fill the space formerly occupied by Seventeen89, which opened in 2013, and was previously occupied by neighbourhood fave Delilah's for 25 years.
The space at 1789 Comox Street, just off Denman Street, is currently under renovation.
The new eatery promises to serve coffee and bao (Asian buns).
The Georgia Straight is awaiting a response to an inquiry for more information.
Seafood on Marine
Ban Dao Pearl Seafood Restaurant is slated to open on the second floor at the suitably named Marine Gateway, located at Southwest Marine Drive and Cambie Street. Details aren't available yet but we're waiting for a response to an inquiry for more information.
Pasta passing on
Amid the fierce ramen wars being waged near the Robson and Denman intersection, an Asian noodle shop is going down for the count.
Spaghetéi is calling it quits on Saturday (September 10) after serving the West End for three years. The quaint eatery was one of the only local locations that specialized Japanese-style pasta.
Japanese-style spaghetti is available at other restaurants, including Café de l'Orangerie and the aforementioned Pepper Lunch, while Chinese-style spaghetti can be found at other Asian restaurants throught the Lower Mainland.
Oh no, ONO
Another casualty of the fierce local Japanese culinary market is 'ONO raw bar at 221 Carrall Street in Gastown.
It featured an omakase (chef's selection) bar, headed by chef Takuya Motohashi from the former Japanese fine-dining establishment Shirakawa.
Although its name was Hawaiian, it featured Japanese-inspired cuisine with West Coast influences.
Alas, it failed to find a following and only lasted a few months before closing down.
Meanwhile, as reported by Georgia Straight editor Charlie Smith, three Indian restaurants have closed:
• Bengali restaurant Atithi Indian Cuisine (the owners are planning to open a new restaurant in Tsawwassen) at 2445 Burrard Street (at Broadway), with a Chinese restaurant scheduled to take its place
• Masala Café at 3211 West Broadway
• Maurya Indian Cuisine, known for their northern Indian buffets, at 1643 West Broadway