Dining on Denman Street
Selecting a restaurant on Denman Street is no easy task as there are so many options to choose from, eventually I hope to try every one at least once. Last Saturday my mom and I chose Vina, a Vietnamese restaurant at the corner of Denman and Haro, for a late lunch after a long morning of walking up and down Robson. It was a cool day, though thankfully not raining, and the large pot of green tea was very welcome.

The menu is huge, page after page of Vietnamese soups, rolls, crepes, brochettes and combination plates. The selections included beef, lamb, duck, chicken, seafood and several vegetarian options. I chose the Vegetarian Combo. It included a roll, which I would describe as a large spring roll, a crepe, stir-fired vegetables and fried rice. The flavor was excellent, with the roll, the crepe and the stir-fry containing a significant amount of fried onions, which I love. Mom had the Combination G (there are 10 combos to choose from). It included the house roll made with shrimp, meat and vegetables, chicken, lamb and prawn brochettes and rice vermicelli. I later did have to look up the term ‘brochette’ to figure out that it is the term used for kebab or souvlaki. We were both quite hungry, but the portions were still too large for us to eat in one sitting and we ended up each having a left-over for lunch the next day. Seeing as I have not been cooking much again lately, this was fine with me.

The service was average. With only one server for the 40 or so seats, she did have some trouble keeping up. And while the restaurant seemed clean, the washrooms were not up to par. Upon receiving the bill, we were also given a copy of the take out and delivery menu with several delivery discounts. With free delivery within three kilometers this might be another option for Jeff and I on a rainy night when neither one of us wants to cook or go out. But with so many options so close by I hope to keep trying new ones first.

Food – GOOD, Service – AVERAGE, Atmosphere – AVERAGE

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