Linh Café (instagram: @linhcafe_yvr) is the new kid on the block of 4th and Macdonald St. Tai Nguyen, the chef/owner behind the scenes, has been working hard to give a strong introduction to Vancouver's food industry with his own unique blend of traditional Vietnamese and French dishes. I had the pleasure of getting to know Chef Tai and his wife, Linh, and hearing about their journey through the opening of their very own restaurant. Their space is cozy in a way, but still has that bold, modern feel of a contemporary fusion restaurant.
I was very lucky to feast on some of the dishes from their menu (I wish I had a big enough stomach to eat everything!!). Keep scrolling down to take a look at what they have to offer and to learn their story. Also, the Linh Café is offering a special promotion for Baik to Basics readers (info at the bottom)!
Warning: #foodporn - viewer discretion is advised.
What makes the Linh Café unique?
"The Linh Café is a combination of Vietnamese cuisine with French cooking technique. We try to keep things simple and classic when it comes to our dishes. The inspiration of this fusion comes from our proud Vietnamese root and the love of cooking French cuisine. We would like to slowly introduce more Vietnamese dishes (Northern, to be specific) to people. A few dishes from our menu, Pho Bo, Spicy Baguette Stick, and Spicy Omelette Sandwhich, are examples of Northern Vietnamese dishes."
What has been your greatest accomplishments in the food industry? What about your biggest struggle?
"I think my greatest accomplishment is being able to present my love for cooking and brining pleasures to customers through simple, yet delicious food. My biggest struggle at the moment is balancing between work and family - I'm still working on it."
(Tai and Linh are currently raising their baby, Max ♥).
What's your favourite dish on the menu?
"My favourite dish is the Pho Bo, which is a Northern-style noodle dish, usually eaten with pickled hot chillies. Back home in Vietnam, you can eat Pho for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can eat it every day and not get sick of it, really. This dish reminds me of my Vietnam."
Every single dish I got to try was freaking delicious. I would have to agree with Tai though - Pho Bo is awesome. It's such a perfect fit for the rainy days of Vancouver as fall rolls in ...which brings me to share the exciting offer that the Linh Café is offering to my readers!
For dine-in customers, the Linh Café is offering free coffee/pastries from October 1st, 2014 - October 22nd, 2014. All you have to do is mention that you saw their feature post from Baik to Basics - HOW SIMPLE!!