December 10, 2020

FEAST | New in Town x Street Auntie Apertivo House x Granville

"Fusion is confusion."
Street Auntie Apertivo House | Granville Street, Vancouver

Granville—(November 26, 2020) The brand new, casually-named fifteen-seat restaurant Street Auntie Apertivo House, a mouthful to say, just opened in the so-named downtown Entertainment District. Its minimalist fusion-style tapas concept is focused on serving more or less authentic contemporary Chinese street food dishes with its own little culinary refinements.

Street Auntie Apertivo House | Granville Street, Vancouver

From dim sum (fancified dumplings) to street-style comfort dishes (calamari or Shanghai noodles), Chinese fine dining (slow-braised abalone or garlic fried soft shell crab), and other Asian fusion inspirations including some truly inventive desserts, Street Auntie offers some very thoughtfully made and ultra-delicious dishes full of fresh (sometimes high-end) ingredients and modern twists paying homage to the cuisine of the Chinese region of Yunnan along the Burmese border.

Street Auntie Apertivo House | Granville Street, Vancouver
dim sum basket (sea urchin dumpling, scallop avocado har gow, and morel shumai)
While the often sketchy Granville Strip may be a curious location for the new upscale Chinese eatery, it's hard not to be impressed with Street Auntie's already refined fusion-ish offerings. I cannot remember the last time I so thoroughly enjoyed such a meal thanks to its authentic meets new wave Chinese cuisine. Additionally, their cocktail program hits the same inventive notes with boozy winners like a refreshing tea tonic, lemongrass ginger libation, and jasmine floral milk tea.

Street Auntie Apertivo House | Granville Street, Vancouver
jasmine/strawberry fortune cookie + mango/pomelo sago explosion + VanCity Special (smoky mint and chocolate)
Owner Yuyina Zhang, a seasoned restaurant consultant herself, and Cantonese chef Stephen Ho's rather delectable take on contemporary street food with an ever-changing array of five weekly rotating set menus of small-plates (enjoyed during a one-hour window) is definitely a must-try.

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