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Chau VeggiExpress

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 16 reviews )

Local vegetarian eatery serving dishes inspired by the owners' Vietnamese roots. Prior to fall-2015 it had sold some non-veg food in a display case. Open Tue-Sun 11:00am-9:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Asian, Vietnamese, Non-veg

Reviews (16)

First Review by kimward8

Probably my favourite place in Vancouver - Edit

I almost didn't come here. The menu online and in person isn't that interesting to look at and they have only a handful of items available. Those handful of items are all phenomenal. They seem to have perfected their offerings and it shows. Interesting flavour combinations, large portion sizes and I always leave feeling happy and excited I came in. My son fell in love with this place and made us come back the next day because he loved it so much. Go!

Pros: Beach chips!, Huge soups, Best flavour combos

Cons: Not airconditioned

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great food, harried atmosphere - Edit

This place was highly recommended by omnivore friends, and it's true that the food is delicious -- everything was perfectly seasoned and tasted very fresh. The atmosphere though was very loud and crowded and rushed, not relaxing at all. I would have gladly paid more for table service. That being said, the staff were very friendly and helpful.

Pros: delicious

Cons: harried

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Flavourful vietnamese style vegan food! - Edit

I came here last night for the first time with 2 of my non-vegan friends and we all absolutely enjoyed the experience. We ordered the non la rolls (yum!), taro chips (the dip was amaaazing), golden temple soup, rickety rickshaw bowl and the tropical rainstorm bowl. The golden temple soup was a hit with a rich coconut curry broth. The rickety rickshaw bowl was a little underwhelming flavour wise in comparison. You pay for your meals while ordering at the till and everything else is self serve (they bring you your meal).
I'd say the dishes are overall smaller than what I expected for the price.

I will be returning to try their pho and other soup mains.

Pros: Whole menu is vegan!, Friendly, helpful staff, Delicious food :)

Cons: Limited seating, Self serve

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Best Pho in Vancouver--Vietnamese Food! - Edit

Best Pho in Vancouver--Vietnamese Food!
I did have a vegan spring roll but you will have to ask them what they can make vegan. Make sure to ask. It was very good.
The environment is unique.
It was like park on the street, stand to order, and then sit at a bug wooden communal table in a tiny place with communal (of course) bar seating as well. Everyone is just chowing down. Because it's small and the food is good, I felt rushed. This isn't a relaxing place or a sit and talk place, but if you're hungry and you want to inhale some epic broth...the PHO is EXCELLENT. Top notch Pho! Some of the best ever and I Pho often!

Pros: pho, amazing food, flavorful food with herbs

Cons: rushed, communal seating, small

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Pretty tasty - Edit

I enjoyed the food I got -- a dip with taro chips and spring rolls. The former was more interesting than the latter, which were perhaps a little uninspired.

The service was reasonably efficient.

I did think it was pretty pricey for what I got, particularly given portion size (and the fact that it's a fast-food ordering model), though I admit I am not from Vancouver, which is on the expensive side, so perhaps natives would consider it normal.

Pros: Some items tasty and interesting

Cons: Expensive

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Very good - Edit

Small and busy, but nicely decorated and clean place. I am gluten free, vegan and I found it easy to find yummy things to eat. The only con was that our cashier was somewhat impatient and we felt rushed ordering.

Pros: good food, pleasant atmosphere, clean


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Good food and value - Edit

A friend who is both vegan and gluten-intolerant took me to this restaurant and knowing her good taste and food sensitivities, I knew the food would be tasty. It did not disappoint. The soup broth was flavourful but not over-powering and the vegetables al dente. The appetizer was that of taro chips and a spicy-tofu dressing. The atmosphere is not formal, large tables for people to share and barstools. Highly recommend this establishment for its clean and tasty food.

Pros: varied menu, tasty food, clean feeling of food

Cons: a bit pricey, loud music

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One of the Best Restaurants in Vancouver BC! - Edit

I recently traveled to Vancouver, and had the pleasure of dining at this wonderful Vietnamese veg restaurant.

We ordered our food at the counter, and the food was brought to our table. Each dish was beautifully prepared, and each dish was perfectly spiced and mouth-watering delicious.

The hand-cut taro chips were quite a treat! I couldn't eat enough of these.

I then had a delicious papaya salad, followed by the Rickety Rickshaw Ride, Noodle bowl, shredded beancurd, crispy spring rolls, roasted peanuts, mung bean, shallots, pickled vegetables, greens, cucumber, herbs, lemon sauce. Perfection.

The only problem I have with this restaurant is that it is not closer to Los Angeles!

Pros: Food, Service

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Consistently delicious - Edit

Having been to chau veggie several times since my last review I can honestly say that the food is consistently delicious. There is also more room to eat now that you can also eat in the cafe next door as it's owned by the same people.
The food on the menu is verified vegan except for some desserts which are vegetarian.
The flavours are authentic, the food is fresh and the prices are very reasonable, and to top it off portion pretty generous.
Everything is delicious!
We have tried almost everything on the menu and we have never been disappointed by the food.
Updated from previous review on Sunday February 23, 2014

Pros: Menu is now vegan, Phos!, Delicious

Cons: Can be busy, Far from downtown or west side

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Oh yes.... - Edit

This place is so good. I love every item on their menu, although one of their clear soup dishes is a little on the bland side but it was still tasty. I usually order the yellow curry soup (called Golden Temple) and the fried spring rolls. I also highly recommend the in-house chilli sauce (I think it is a satay sauce) - they sell it in mason jars but you can try it for free at the table with your food.
Their drinks are great too, I had an amazing one that was white (coconut based) with fresh mint.
Keep in mind that the seating area is small, might be a problem for bigger groups but definitely make an effort to try this amazing place.
Updated from previous review on Tuesday June 03, 2014

Pros: Fresh and delicious, In-house spicy sauce, In-house cocktails

Cons: Small seating area

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yummy - Edit

I've always seen big pho bowls of food and thought how delicious it looks. Well you can get that at chau veggiexpress and a lot more.
The noodle bowls are very flavourful and full of veggies and tofu.
As I am gluten free as well , it was not a problem and I could eat almost everything.
My broth was sweet and yummy and my husband had a spicy broth.
The portions are huge and I have a another meal , which will prob be breakfast.
The staff are friendly and knowledgeable

Pros: yumm-0, huge portion, full of crisp veggies

Cons: none

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Best Vietnamese Veggie Restaurant - Edit

According to the server in 2013, all dishes are now fully vegan.

No where will you find more creative names for dishes: CandleLit Lantern Down the River, Family of 5 on a Scooter, Soft Tropical Rainstorm, Golden Temple Prayers, Diving for Pearls....and many more. They should have an award for the creativity and beauty of their menu!

Vietnamese veggie food (especially the soups) can occasionally veer towards the watery bland, without the traditional ingredients, but not here! The flavours do not disappoint. Family of 5 on a Scooter is a Vietnamese sandwich that is a must try on this menu. The spring rolls, the Golden Temple Prayers....there is so much on this menu that is excellent.

Unlike another reviewer, I love the communal tables. The seats are not the most comfortable, but I have had wonderful unexpected experiences chatting with other diners at the restaurant. What a great way to meet others who share your food proclivities!

It's true the location is out of the way, in many respects, but it is worth the commute. If you only have time to visit 5 veggie restaurants while visiting Vancouver, this is definitely one you must not miss.

Pros: Family of Five on a Scooter, Golden Temple Prayers, various rolls

Cons: uncomfortable seats

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i heart veggie pho! - Edit

Mmm, veggie pho! The food at CHAU VeggiExpress is delicious! I just found out about this new place a few days ago; a Vietnamese friend told me about it. He knows I'm a vegan, and the woman who runs this place is a friend of his family's.

Anyway, I just found out about it four days ago, and have already eaten there three times, each time trying a different dish. I've tried all three noodle soups: the pho hanoi, pho hue, and pho nam. All were delicious. I've also sampled the com tofu (pan fried lemongrass & chili tofu with rice), and the curry chay (so creamy and yummy!). Everything is fresh, tasty, and a great value (a HUGE bowl of pho is $7.75).

The place is really small; there's a communal table and some bar seats. There's no table service; orders are taken at the counter. Everyone who works there is really friendly, and the restaurant's namesake and cook, Chau, is a really warm, friendly woman (tonight, she delivered freshly cut oranges to each group in the restaurant). Everytime I've been there, she's asked me if I like what I'm eating, and how she can improve it (I can't think of how she'd improve her food; even the presentation is food stylist-worthy). It's also fast without being fast food.

Maybe I'm biased, but Chau VeggiExpress is my favourite place in Vancouver right now; it's the food, the value, the service, the warmth...and I love being able to get vegan pho so close to home.
Updated from previous review on Thursday May 19, 2011

Oh bummer, went back last week after not going for over a year. The quality of the pho has slid...lots. Instead of noodles swimming in broth, my noodles were in a bowl-shaped clump at the bottom of the soup bowl - not fresh. The broth was super salty. I was disappointed.

My bf had the banh mi (vietnamese sub); he said it was delicious.

Pros: great value

Cons: very small

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Best Asian Vegetarian in Vancouver? - Edit

Once in a while you come upon somewhere that makes you really smile. Chau is such a place - incredibly fresh food, mostly vegan, great value and different to the other places out there. This is veggie Vietnamese at its finest - take for example the stocks - one of the dishes has a lychee, mushroom and date base, another jicama & leek stock. Sick of plain tofu with little taste? - one of the dishes I sampled had lemongrass and chili soft tofu and a grated papaya salad. The decor is modern and chic. The ONLY thing counting against this restaurant is its location on South Victoria away from the "Veggie" hubs of Commercial and Main. But believe me, it is well worth the effort and the number 20 bus stops nearby.

Pros: Vegetarian, delicious , fresh

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Vegan Pho - Edit

The spring rolls here are unfortunately not vegan. But the Pho is. I had the Pho Hanoi and it was good. I've never had real Pho so I don't really know, but it seemed authentic. It was served really fast and had huge portions for a good price.

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