Gastown’s nouveau Chinese restaurant celebrates summer with a new menu, a new cocktail list and two outdoor spaces
Officially, summer doesn’t start until June 21st (at 6:54 am to be exact.) But, like everyone else in town, Bambudda owner Ray Loy is ready to call it as soon as the sun comes out.
Along with the warmer weather, Vancouverites will also welcome the return of Bambudda’s sunny sidewalk bar, where the glass wall opens and patrons can perch not a foot from the pavement. There, bartender Buck Friend’s cocktails will cool you down or heat things up, depending upon your mood. Highlights include the shockingly coloured Bubble Tea (a bright blue gin and Curaçao concoction topped with fuschia hibiscus bubbles), Sum Yung Gai (a sparkling coupe of gin, cava, Maraschino and lavender syrup) and Secrets of a Geisha (a soft sipper of rum and Chambord topped with a lychee sake foam).
For those seeking a more intimate experience, Bambudda’s red brick side patio takes over the corner of Powell and Columbia Streets. It is here, under a canopy of trees, that Chef Scott Korzack’s light and colourful menu incorporates the finest of the season with dishes such as a delicate Tuna Tartare paired with Grapefruit,
Horseradish and Tapioca crackers, a fresh Asparagus Salad complemented by Asian Pear and Kohlrabi, and the jovial Happy Pig: Szechuan Pepper Pork Cheeks in a warm Chinese Happy Wine vinaigrette topped house-made pickles of Radish and Green Strawberry.