Bao Down Snack Bar is the 3rd location to open up from the minds behind Bao Down. This particular location features Filipino Style Tapas. I’ve been to the other 2 locations and I’m always surprised how each location has a different menu and concept.
The interior has the classic Gastown bricks and then the beautiful mural from a local artist.
They have a pretty good cocktail menu with a bit of Philipino inspiration.
Taka has Suntory Toki Japanese whiskey, Taylor Fladgae white port, Shoju, and angostura bitters
Bagyo has dark, white and overproof rum, passion fruit syrup, agave syrup, and fresh lemon juice.
Calamasita has a mix of hornitos plata tequila, sweet and sour shrub, cointreau, egg white, calamansi limes, and agave syrup. A good amount of sweetness in this drink. It is even garnished with a small calamani lime.
Lumpia is a Filipino spring roll. You can choose from either:
- Free range chicken and Water Chestnuts
- Local pork and garlic
It is served with a sweet chili sauce and plum sauce. It is crisp on the outside with the savoury filling inside.
Empanada Bao comes with 2 deep-fried bao buns with either:
- Lechon Palsiw, chicharon, onions and garlic
- Organic, local, Gluten-free BBQ Chicken, Inasal, and a basting sauce
- Adobo eggplant, onions, garlic, and Tamari
We had the lechon version and it was really good. The bun is crisp and warm with the delectable pork filling.
Charcuterie Plate isn’t like your typical plate, it has a Filipino twist. It has:
- Fried Quail Eggs
- Garlic Mayo Sauce
Nice little bites to pick at while having drinks. When it comes to the taste, it was ok compared to other places I’ve been to.
Pork Belly Lechon was a beast. It’s a slow roasted crispy pork belly with ultra crispy skin. It is served with a sarsa sauce. I wasn’t a fan of the sauce as it was a bit sweet, but I would have preferred another sauce to break up the fatty taste.
House Blended Rice is purple in colour due to the wild rice. Great texture and it has a bit of garlic to it too.
Adobo Fried Chicken uses Gluten-free flour, a buttermilk marinade, adobo glaze and a banana sauce. It’s great that they cater to those who are Celiac or are avoiding gluten.
It tasted great and has a nice crunchy skin.
Eggplant Torta is a roasted eggplant omelette with tamarind, and a charred tomato. It was ok, but it wasn’t my favourite dish.
Okoy Yam Fritter was really good. It has crispy fried yams, local greens and veggie with prawns. I would get this again. Super crispy and addictive.
Overall, the food was good and you can see the Filipino inspiration in the food. They have a good beer and cocktail menu and its great to pair it with the snacks on the menu. Good items to share.
We Rate Bao Down Snack Bar:
221 Carrall Street, Vancouver, BC