Big Trouble Chinatown

Historic Chinatown gradually went through subtle changes over the years as old school stores and eateries that our parents took us to are being replaced by hipster restaurants, organic groceries, and even a store that sells skateboards. This was one such restaurant.

Big Trouble Chinatown - Gnocchi, Confit Duck, Broccoli

Don’t let the Chinatown suffix mislead you, it only denotes its location and not its cuisine – although many dishes included a slight Asian accent.

The Big Trouble does indicate its ambition on its take on Pacific Northwest cooking – causing trouble in a traditional formula. I’ve been screaming murder on how Pacific Northwest is beginning to get boring and I’m happy places like this are giving Pacific Northwest a contemporary update and really shaping up the food culture in Vancouver.

As with most hipster eateries these days, format was family style shared plates, so bring a few friends.

Blodynamic Greens, Shaved Veg, Sherry Vin.
Big Trouble Chinatown - Blodynamic Greens, Shaved Veg, Sherry Vin

Radishes, Kalamata Olive Soil, Herbed Oil.
Big Trouble Chinatown - Radishes, Kalamata Olive Soil, Herbed Oil

Wild Spring Salmon, Cucumber, Pickled Shimejis.
Big Trouble Chinatown - Wild Spring Salmon, Cucumber, Pickled Shimejis

Peking Quails, Beets, Wild Rice.
Big Trouble Chinatown - Peking Quail, Beets, Wild Rice

Gnocchi, Confit Duck, Broccoli.
Big Trouble Chinatown - Gnocchi, Confit Duck, Broccoli

Lamb Breast, Mushrooms, Summer Squash.
Big Trouble Chinatown - Lamb Breast, Mushrooms, Summer Squash

Aubergine Dumplings, Pine Nut Thai Curry.
Big Trouble Chinatown - Aubergine Dumplings, Pine Nut Thai Curry

Chocolate Mousse, Coffee Crumble, Strawberry & Basil.
Big Trouble Chinatown - Chocolate Mousse

Cheesecake, Pickled Rhubarb, Shortbread.
Big Trouble Chinatown - Cheesecake

Salmon already has a good flavor and texture so you don’t need to mess with it much, and good thing they didn’t. Quails are an unusual ingredient around these parts, but I thought it paired well with the sweet beets and roasted rice for the extra crunch.

For others, the duck and lamb were well cooked, but its sides just didn’t highlight the protein well enough and made them each a forgettable dish.

While the dishes were unique by themselves, and there were no cooking errors, ultimately, few left a lasting impression. Big Trouble needs to make bigger, bolder tastes to win me over the likes of Farmer’s Apprentice and Burdock & Co., which its food reminded me of.


Name: Big Trouble Chinatown
Address: 237 Union St. Vancouver, BC V6A 3A1 (Map)
Phone: 604.336.1698
Menu: Link
Dishes You Must Try: Radishes, Wild Spring Salmon, Peking Quail
OpenTable Profile: Link
Big Trouble Chinatown Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Rating: 0/0 (out of 0 votes, as of this writing)
Yelp Rating: 4.5/5 (out of 9 reviews, as of this writing)
Finest Dish’s Quality Rating: 3/5
Finest Dish’s Service Rating: 4/5

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