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“Classy meals in a cozy restaurant!”
Review of Big Trouble Chinatown - CLOSED

Big Trouble Chinatown
Price range: $13 - $20
Cuisines: Contemporary, Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Cross street: Main Street
Description: Big Trouble is an intimate and casual restaurant serving modern cuisine inspired by BC. We are located in Vancouver's historic Chinatown just off Main Street by the Georgia Street Viaduct. We serve 'family-style', so sharing works best as each dish will arrive when ready and will be introduced in the middle of the table. Try a little or a lot. It'll always be fresh and made with care. No take-out, brunch or lunch just yet. Probably ne'er, as we're tiny. Our menu reflects the seasons, what's fresh, what's locally available as well as our passion and technique. We jump around a lot. Whether it's classic French, Pacific Rim, Mediterranean or otherwise, we love being inspired! We make the choices for our ingredients carefully and take the time to high-five our distributors, farmers and wine-makers. We keep a keen eye toward organic, bio-dynamic and sustainably farmed juice. Along with some amazing BC producers, we also stock new and old world wineries that demonstrate our values. We believe wine should be ready to drink, varietally correct and worth the investment. Most of all, it needs to be made with care. There's always a few rarities in stock. Please ask us as we'd love to expound. Local craft beer from 33 Acres and Four Winds along with Lonetree Cider are always on hand. The cocktail program features solid classics and strange ideas. What's your favourite? We love requests! We also stock a well thought out shelf of premium spirits, each with a good story and a better drink. Did you know Steve Da Cruz is credited with putting the Vancouver Cocktail on the map? Ask for the story, its good. Perhaps ironically, Big Trouble generates less than one pound of waste per month. We have one of the most comprehensively rigorous and complete recycling and sustainability programs in the industry. From compost, soft plastic and used metal collection to coconut fibre tissue and paper towels and biodegradable soaps and cleaners, we endeavour to cause as little trouble as possible for future generations.
Reviewed December 27, 2012

This restaurant has been open for two and a half months and has received raving reviews. On my recent birthday, my friend decided to take me there as I had mentioned wishing to try it out. What a good birthday present!
The menu is not the same every day, so what I tell I ate there here may not be the same plates you will encounter when you go there. It all depends on what fresh ingredients they find that day. Therefore the menu is not extensive, but it has several plates for you to choose. They advise for two people to choose five plates and share them and afterwards choose a dessert. So, we did what they suggested, but since we were two famished males, we decided to add one more plate after the five we ordered and then share one dessert. That evening we had: parsnip soup with vanilla cream (hmmmm...), rutabago casserole, beat salad with quail's egg (see the picture I am attaching here), blue cheese with quince jam and flax crackers, agnolotti with chantarel mushrooms, cassoulet with beans, poached egg and fennel. For dessert we had the super delicious carrot cake with salted caramel sauce (the best carrot cake I have ever tasted).
The ambiance is nice, cozy as it only seats 20 people maximum; the music is nice and not loud, so you get to hear your companion without having to shout, the service is excellent as they know their stuff, all the ingredients and take care to attend to any food allergies you may have. By the way, it is all glutten free.
They have also interesting cocktails, wines and after dinner drinks. We just drank the wonderful Vancouver tap water.
The cost? Well, including the 12% obligatory government tax plus tip, two people can eat for about $100.00. Well recommended but make sure to reserve!

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Thank Capisce
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Ill start off by saying that after eating here, you wouldn't think of it as a vegetarian restaurant, as it does not offer horrible meat substitutes that a majority of vegetarian restaurants do. Instead, the two owners focus on making dishes focused on vegetables, enhancing their flavour and really showcasing how good it can be. The plating is beautiful and each dish is unique and amazing. The restaurant itself is a small but not crammed space that is very welcoming. It has an open kitchen and bar that make the experience that much better. I have eaten there for Dinner and Brunch and both are incredibly unique and delicious. Give this restaurant a try and you won't be disappointed.

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Thank Jesse G
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

This is a great new vegetarian restaurant that specializes in small plates. All the menu items were excellent and the staff were knowledgeable about the ingredients (gluten free, dairy free for example). There's also an interesting drink list and excellent wines. Definitely make a reservation though - it's a small spot. Parking is easy - right outside.

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Thank Buttners
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