Chinatown's Fat Mao has been a long-time favourite for big, steamy, savoury bowls of noodles, and now there will be a second place in the city to dive in for a soulful slurp.
Fat Mao's chef-owner Angus An is gearing up to expand his already-impressive Vancouver restaurant empire with another location of the noodle shop which will reside at 983 Helmcken St. The location was previously Balila (a hummus-centric Middle Eastern spot) and before that the edgier Latab restaurant.
This is An's first foray into Downtown Vancouver; in addition to Fat Mao he is renowned for his more upscale Thai restaurant Maenam in Kitsilano and the casual Longtail in New Westminster.
Fat Mao's menu of street-food-inspired noodle soups and share-ables is drawn from An's travels in Asia.
Fans and newcomers will find the second Fat Mao echoes the vision of the original with its dishes, like the signature Khao Soi curry, alongside some items exclusive to the new location.
The 25-seat Downtown Fat Mao will also work with local needs in mind, serving up quick lunches for busy office dwellers and offering a great option for people primed for an evening out at the theatre or movies.
No opening date for Fat Mao's second outpost has been set. In the meantime, visit the original Fat Mao Noodles in Chinatown at 217 E. Georgia St.