While wandering along Yaletown’s shops, do yourself a favor and stop at House Special.
This Vietnamese restaurant combines family tradition, a chic design with high ceilings and lovely decor, and simply the best spring rolls I’ve ever tasted. It is such an intimate experience to peek into the open concept kitchen and recognize the chefs in the enlarged photos along the restaurant walls. You can only imagine what beautiful journey brought them to where they are today.
An interesting aspect of House Special is that they are able to cater to most dietary restrictions without losing the authentic Vietnamese flavor. As a meat eater myself, I applaud the chef’s creativity on their vegan pho. It is hands down my favorite item on their menu, which I usually pair with spring rolls. But, do not be concerned if pho is not your thing, the rest of the menu is just as delicious.
Last but surely not least, their handmade fried bread (Banh Tieu) are also fantastic. The crispy yet soft bread pockets, each with different fillings, will make your entire body smile. They’re a great suggestion for lunch, or with Happy Hour drinks specials (5-6pm and after 8:30-closing daily).
I’m tempted to say that this experience will change how you feel about Vietnamese cuisine. For the better, of course.