The Celiac Scene was surprised to learn that Noodlebox’ Fisgard location has closed and that Bao Restaurant has taken over the space at 626 Fisgard. Ironically, Bao owners Arthur Webb and Kylie Arnot enjoyed an almost decade-long relationship with the popular South East Asian franchise and have come full circle by setting up shop on the sunny side of Fisgard.
While the new interior is certainly reminiscent of Noodlebox, Bao’s nuanced menu reflects a broader Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean and even Japanese influence, according to EAT Magazine.
Unfortunately for gluten-free diners, the celiac-friendly offerings have been reduced to just a single posted item plus one that can be adapted. No doubt delicious – and prepared according stringent standards – our gluten-free fingers are crossed that more options may be added to Bao’s menu in the future. The Celiac Scene wishes Bao every success in the interim!
Voted #1 Take Out Restaurant in Vancouver, Noodlebox Southeast Asian Noodle Bar got its start in Victoria’s Chinatown as a humble food cart in 2001. Their unique street-side stir fry became so popular that people were willing to wait hours in the rain to get their fill.
In 2003, Noodlebox open their first brick and mortar restaurant location on the Island and have since expanded to Vancouver and beyond, to Alberta. Read about their Kitsilano Renovation!
Fun, high energy staff – and diners – are on the same page for safe and delicious gluten-free food. Noodlebox is the place to see and be seen as you line up – indoors – to order!
Noodlebox prides itself on trusted transparency – premium ingredients, ethically raised protein, MSG-free, sustainable practices, farm-to-plate and committed to community.
Standard Protocol – every wok is scrubbed by hand, every time.
Gluten-Free Protocol – let staff know your dietary preferences or intolerances and the chef’s station will be re-set with fresh utensils, cloths and squeaky-clean hands.
Ask for rice noodles, jasmine rice or go no-carb / high-protein. Add in roasted cashews, crushed peanuts or even a fried free-range egg to gussy up any GF dish. Dial in your spice level and you’re ready to go! Facebook • Twitter • Instagram. Check out the Noodlebox Menu or scroll down to view.
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