DinnerNew Mitzie’s Restaurant


New Mitzie’s Restaurant is located near the corner of East Pender Street in Chinatown. It’s a Chinese diner that reminds me of Bino’s — except better.

We came here on a whim. After passing by numerous times on our way to Tosi’s. New Mitzie’s (as opposed to Old Mitzie’s) brought back childhood memories. I had few expectations of the restaurant, but Tre was happy to brave the dining experience together and reminisce about what Chinatown used to be like.

Mitzie’s menu had various selections of Chinese western style meals and the typical greasy spoon dishes. Burmese chicken curry noodle soup caught my eye. Although, one might be a bit hesitant ordering Burmese curry from a diner. Tre opted for a bacon cheese burger with fries and a lemon Coke.

(Above: Burmese Chicken Curry Noodle Soup)

The Burmese chicken noodle was served in an old school, plain white soup bowl. The chicken, noodles and sliced boiled egg were swimming in yellow curry. A small side of cilantro, bean sprouts and lime accompanied the soup. The broth was surprisingly good: simple, yet had an amazing amount of flavor. The rice noodles and egg were cooked nicely. But the poultry was mostly missing. I found only two tender bite size morsels.

Tre’s burger and fries were decent. The burger was as expected and the bun toasted nicely. Bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and a bit of mayonnaise helped make the burger come alive. We’re pretty sure the beef patty was from frozen, but at this point who cares?

(Top to bottom: 1. Iced Lemon Coke. 2. Mitzie’s Burger and Fries.)

Our meal including taxes and tips came to just under $20. The meal wasn’t spectacular, but it wasn’t bad either. The service was friendly, and the memories priceless. With old Chinatown withering away and more shops closing up, it’s nice to see the restaurant still hang on.

Perfect for: greasy spoon dining at a piece of Chinatown history.

The Details

179 East Pender Street, Vancouver

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