Owner | Salli Pateman
General Manager | Katherine F. Barnes
Head Chef |Issac Ko
Managers | Tracey Page and Mark Robinson
In the heart of Chinatown an historic storefront conceals the secrets of Sai Woo. Our modern dining room serves globally-inspired cuisine created with fresh ingredients and surprising, lighthearted twists. Cocktails are crafted with precision using top-shelf liquors, fine teas, and exotic fruits. The original Sai Woo Chop Suey first opened its doors in 1925 and flourished as a local hangout for decades, preserving some of Vancouver’s oldest history. Our location is also remembered as the popular New Town Bakery but today, Sai Woo brings new life to this historical landmark with a modern and innovative menu.
We offer a 113-seat main floor dining area, bar, and Chef’s Table with a 75-seat lower lounge and bar, designed by the masterminds at Falken Reynolds along with Anna Walentowicz at Domain Creative. Restaurateur and owner Salli Pateman, formerly of Yaletown’s Section (3) of 18 years, has immeasurable industry experience with a solid team of expertise at her side. Award winning bartender Justin Anello oversees the bar, Shilo Francis and Tracey Page manage the front-of-house and Chef Keev Mah leads the kitchen.
“Today, Sai Woo is a long drink of fabulous space. The lighting by Lukas Peet (gigantic floating “buttons”) is striking. Moreover and more importantly, the food lives up to the room.” Mia Stainsby, Vancouver Sun
“Sai Woo, with its mix of old and new, plays a part in the rediscovery of the neighbourhood’s cultural charm. What was once buried has now resurfaced, resulting in a new staple in Vancouver dining.” Whitney Millar, Montecristo Magazine
“Sai Woo, a smart, softly modern Pender Street emporium that balances contemporary fare with a side of subtle nostalgia.” Tim Pawsey, Hired Belly