Located in Vancouver’s oldest residential neighbourhood, Dunlevy Snackbar does small bites, Korean-fusion style. Upon arriving at the front door, Ming made some sassy comment about Grace always picking restaurants in seedy neighbourhoods.
Guilty—but the food is worth it.
Grace started with the 433 Bourbon Sour. A few people at the table were like “WTF with the egg white,” but it worked with the bourbon pretty well. Mell (being a gin girl) had the Basil Gimlet Smack, which probably wins for the best drink name on the menu. Both drinks were well executed, but surprisingly small. Even in the short glasses, the alcohol wasn’t as strong as we’d expected.
Lu was in for a long night (involving vodka and a McDonald’s downtown). But here, she started with a Dark & Stormy. It was good, but Calabash Bistro still wins for best in Vancouver—that we’ve had so far, at least.
Then the food started arriving.
M: That smells damn good! I’m salivating. [Kebin going in for a taste]: AY BLOCK HIM, HE’S GONNA ANNIHILATE EVERYTHING.*
*A legitimate concern
G: That’s delicious. Even with no meat at all.
M: I really like the sweet and spicy sauce. There’s a little more spice in the aftertaste, and the heat is like a buildup. The more you eat, the spicier it gets and it lingers. This bowl is so satisfying. And it’s vegan, hooray!
M: The bun is really moist. (Yes, I use the word moist and I love it.)
G: Very soft. Like the kind you get at dim sum but a little more firm. The pork belly is tender and has just the right amount of fatty bits too. Yum.
Ming: Ew that looks like a piece of turd.
G: YOU LOOK LIKE A PIECE OF TURD.
Dunlevy Snackbar does a pretty unique twist on bao with their nontraditional stuffing, but it works really well with the buns. Like a modern Asian sandwich. Grace’s favourite was the pork belly bao.
M: This is my first time having anything bao-inspired. The bun is soft and sweet and I love the smoked tofu with cilantro. In fact, I like cilantro with almost anything. It’s a fine wee snack!
G: Showing a bit of your Irish there.
All in all our food was quite palatable; we loved the flavour combinations and spices. The cocktails were unique in style but unfortunately quite small for the price. Come for yummy snacks and sharing but you might want to grab your drinks elsewhere unless you’re loaded.