Photos by Amanda Oster, Ben Nelms and Vy Tran
Daily 11am – late
(Open from 5pm until late on the last Tuesday of every month)
Take out orders in person or call 604 874 0832
Vincent Nguyen | Brother & Owner
Amelie Nguyen | Sister & Supporter
Ly Nguyen | Mother & Chef
Vanessa Coupar | Bar Manager
Our roots trace back to Vietnam, to our maternal grandmother’s kitchen in Saigon. Mom learned how to prepare Pho, Bun Bo Hue, Cafe, to name a few. She also curated reel-to-reel tracks of pre-1975 Nhac Vang “Yellow Music” that played (then banned) songs of peace, prosperity and freedom. The cafe was humming with hope and became a gathering place for artists, musicians and all of the community.
Fast forward 40 years, and our family’s recipes and appreciation for a creative space have followed our Mom to the Pacific Northwest. We are so fortunate to live in Vancouver where fresh ingredients are in abundance!
Our vision is to continue to share authentic Vietnamese cuisine and hospitality with the community – our brothers and sisters. Our uncle once said, “No matter where we are in Vietnam, we are all from the same mother.” It’s never been truer, regardless of where we are in the world. We certainly have felt this way growing up in BC.
We welcome you to Anh and Chi.
Anh and Chi (noun / conjunction / noun) 1. Elder brother and elder sister of the same family; 2. Respectful form of address for a friend or a even a stranger, man or woman respectively, generally above one’s age; address for fellow members of the same community; 3. A vibrant and hip hub at 3388 Main Street in Vancouver – to eat, drink and connect over authentic Vietnamese fare, assembled with fresh and local ingredients, with love and excitement!
History of Anh and Chi | Over 33 years ago our parents arrived in Canada as boat people from Vietnam. With no English, great responsibility, and deep nostalgia for the people and places they left behind, our parents started making Pho out of their home. Friends and neighbours started to come together. What was a pop up shop in 1983 evolved into an iconic noodle shop on Main Street. For 33 years, our parents operated the first and longest standing Pho specialty house in the city, formally known as Pho Hoang Vietnamese Restaurant. Their success was owed to our community who wanted to try something new (and familiar for some). Like many families who have settled in a new country, they have taught us to start where we are, use what we have and do what we can. What our parents did out of necessity became a strong foundation for us moving forward. Their shoulders are what we stand on. Anh and Chi is a tribute to our parents, family and friends who have helped us along the way, and a celebration for many families who continue to pave the way for the generations to come.