February 18, 2015
Sai Woo Opens in March
NEW RESTAURANT - Restaurateur Salli Pateman, formerly of Yaletown’s Section (3) is back, putting the final touches on Sai Woo, a new dining destination slated to open in a heritage Chinatown location this March.
In the 1930's, the Chin Wing Chun Society building at 160 Pender Street was the home of the Sai Woo Chop Suey. This new incarnation aims to become a community hub for the reinvigorated neighbourhood.
Look for a 6,000-square-foot restaurant with two levels: a 113-seat upper floor dining area, bar and Chef’s Table, and a 75-seat lower floor with its own bar and smaller menu. Vancouver’s Falken Reynolds and Anna Walentowicz of Domain Creative were given the task of designing a modern contemporary look for the restaurant, while highlighting its original character. They did so by retaining the original brick walls and salvaged fir flooring while incorporating Bendtsen furniture and lighting by designer Lukas Peet. To foster an air of mystery, they intentionally kept the exterior low profile.
Salli and an experienced industry team will manage Sai Woo's operations. Bartender Justin Anello will oversee the drinks lists, Shilo Francis will manage front-of-house, and Chef Douglas Chang (previously of West and Bambudda) will take charge of the kitchen. Look for Chinatown-inspired references in the menu. Chef Chang plans to use finds from the neighbourhood's inexhaustible pantry to create cuisine that "speaks firmly of Vancouver’s history and people". While Justin Anello's bar drinks will include spiked Vietnamese coffee and drinks infused with exotic fruits from local vendors.
For more information about Sai Woo, visit www.saiwoo.ca or follow the construction process on Instagram @DoYouSaiWoo.