The Lunch Lady
“It’s like discovering new neighbourhoods every few mouthfuls.”
- Anthony Bourdain on Mrs. Thanh’s soups, No Reservations
It has always been a dream of hers to share her food with the world. The moment she met Victoria it was an instant connection—two “lunch ladies” with the same passion. Now, Victoria’s Five Elements restaurant turns a new leaf, becoming the home of Lunch Lady in Vancouver. The humble and inspiring story of Lunch Lady takes its next steps in a city that champions culinary diversity in hopes of introducing the true flavours of Vietnam.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
- Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
STEAK LÚC LẮC
an original take on a classic, pan roasted Alberta ribeye, lúc lắc butter sauce, pickled onions, watercress, tomatoes
MÌ XÀO TỎI - GARLIC FRIED NOODLES
egg noodles sautéed in garlic xo butter, topped with aged parmigiano reggiano
BÒ TÁI CHANH - BEEF CARPACCIO
rare filet of beef, pickled onions, fresh herbs, lime vinaigrette, peanuts
Pork skewers and Steak Luc Lau were our favourites. Spring rolls and garlic noodles were great too. Unbelievable dinner!
Good was absolutely amazing. I think this was one of my best restaurant experiences in Vancouver.
Simply delicious! Great service.
All the dishes were so good! I love the seafood hotpot, pork skewers, and the mochi dessert.
I loved my experience at Lunch Lady last night. I felt very welcome by the staff and look forward to coming back to try more items off the menu.
I just wish there were more tables available for the possibility of having larger groups come in the future. Let's hope for this once restrictions are eased.
Our dinner at 8pm on December 23, 2021 had been canceled by the restaurant one day before. I did receive a phone call from a lady, she said she will rearrange our booking asap. and she also mentioned that her manager will send us a coupon for the compensation. But, so far .. none of them has been delivered.
Interesting experience at LL. Got there 9 min early for a reservation and was turned away. Told that they would text me when the table was ready. I had parked far away, and it was cold outside and nearby stores were already closed. There was no one else sitting in it even close to the waiting area. Ok I was a bit annoyed about having to leave but I understand if they were taking extra precautions because of Covid.
HOWEVER, partway though our dinner, I guess the cooks prepared some bowls of food for staff members and put them on the pass through window. A bunch of staff members crowded around there, using their hands taking food from the bowls, and put into their mouths. THEN put back on their masks, didn’t wash hands and continued to work!
Um- I definitely didn’t feel comfortable seeing them crowd around sharing food with their hands - let alone at the pass through window breathing on customers’ food that’s probably sitting there waiting to be expedited.
That being said, the meal I had was overall rich but flavourful. But the churros were rock hard and the coffee ice cream that came with was too gritty from all the ground coffee bits…with more ground coffee sprinkled on top! In any case I’m not sure if we will visit again given the inconsistency of their Covid protocol.
We were well taken care of. Servers were very attentive and kind. Could not have asked for more.
Second visit and loved it once again. Prawns are incredible. Very busy and popular spot on the Drive. My new fave.
Always a great dining experience at Lunch Lady.
Thank you! :)
This was our second visit - everything we’ve tried was amazing. We started planning our next visit on the walk home!
service felt rushed. they did tell us they needed the table in 90minutes at the strat of the meal, but the server kept interrupting to move things along. they spoke really fast as if they were in a rush.
2nd time here for dinner. Wowed us again. If you're a fan of tender, perfectly cooked buttery steak, order the steak luc lac. So delicious
The food and cocktails were amazing!
Amazing food and staff! Would definitely recommend the Wagyu Pho Bo!
With our reservation having our table was really quickly. The food was amazing, and the service great. The only thing is that the music was kind of higher than I would like in order to have a conversation while I'm eating, but still, great place and food!
Thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Our server suggested the fried prawns and veggie spring rolls, and they did not disappoint. We also had the hot pot, and the soup base is really delicious. It came with this house made green sauce and I think they need to bottle it! I want to go back and try other dishes already.
Fantastic meal, everything we ordered was great. We loved the beef carpaccio especially.
The garlic noodles with egg were salty and over-fishy. The vegetable stir fry was bland. The steak. pork skewers and churros, as always, were great. Cocktails are overpriced, IMO.
Great food as always and the staff are friendly. Only complaint was having to wait outside in the cold for 20 minutes past our reservation time. Not a great way to start your experience.
Great server-explained everything to us. Checked in regularly. Manager was super too. our table wasn’t ready so they comped some taro chips which was nice and unexpected. Love all the food. Will definitely be back.
My reservation was at 5pm but the door did not open until 5:05pm. Food was overwhelming and one of the kitchen staff had his mask down for the entire time I was there. I had to wait over 35 minutes to receive my last dish after the first one. By the time I’ve got my last order, I literally lost my appetite.
Amazing food. Wonderful staff. Felt rushed with courses coming quickly after one another.
Great place with a decent menu, but the cocktails menus is obviously their forte.
We were seated near the back patio door which pretty much ruined the dinner date as we were both too cold to enjoy anything.
Food and drinks were unique and delicious and service was impeccable and attentive ! The restaurant itself is more casual than I expected and less of a “vibe” because of the whiter lighting- you definitely go there for the food and its worth it!
food was pretty good but very small portions lol don’t go if you are super hungry
We ordered the beef carpaccio, crispy shrimp, steak luc lac and garlic noodles for our dinner. Everything was delicious, especially the steak luc lac which was buttery, tender and cooked perfectly. The crispy shrimps had perfectly crunchy shells and juicy flesh. I'm already planning to have dinner here again soon, I enjoyed the food so much!
I have been wanting to go to Lunch Lady for a while as it is in my neighborhood and I like Vietnamese food a lot. My feeling was that this place is very hyped. The food was average but pricey for what it was. There are better places in Vancouver in the same genre.
Its a bit overpriced, pho and steak luc lac was good, my suggestion is to serve them at a hotter temperature. Steak and the watercress did not go well together, I’d suggest a different side, maybe eggs or a different salad on the side.
Service staff recommended an off menu Cocktail that was phenomenal. Food came quickly and was delicious front to back. I highly recommend the Steak Luc Loc.
The food was sensational and our server surprised us with a dessert for my birthday! Great place for date night!
The prawns were delicious! Way tastier than we imagined. The clams and mussels were huge! So scrumptious!! Fried rice was also exceptionally yummy! Thank you for a wonderful evening, Lunch Lady!! 🙏🏼💕✨
We were there waiting to have our table for 30 minutes, we decided to leave. People that arrived after us were seat first. Just annoying
Mussels!!! With chinese doughnuts for dipping.
Hot pot, fried rice, spring rolls - 100% loved it.
Wine was reasonably priced. Beer perfectly curated.
Can't wait to go back.
Great place to enjoy a meal with inventive Vietnamese dishes!
Definitely recommend dining in with a group! The appetizers were exquisite, especially the Pho Marrow. Not as messy as you might think, and I love the hands-on experience of serving my table beautiful bone marrow-topped biscuits. The garlic fried noodles are also a must have among their mains! That sous vide egg… delicious!
Also, the cocktails. My table tried almost all of them. W o w ! The lychee passion was beautiful and frothy and not too sweet. Can’t go wrong with the other fruity drinks either. My friends loved them. If you like more bitter flavours, get the café negroni. Exquisite infusion of Campari and Vietnamese coffee.
Excited to come back again and introduce this wonderful corner with other friends.
Heard a lots of good experiences from this restaurant so we give it a try.
Food is so so and most are salty.
The worst things is the server isn’t professional at all. The attitude is so rude towards customer.
I’m asking for recommendations for drink for my girl.
He told me he don’t know and said I do not know your girl. Really so oh my god.
At the end of the dinner, we want to pay and go.
There is a sign in the front door showing visa master and AMerican Express sign.
Which mean restaurant should took all above payment.
I used my American Express but not successful.
I asked my server, his attitude is so rude.
Of course cannot, we are not taking AE. Ok big sign in your door. How should your customer know ?
Sorry his tone and attitude is so bad.
Overall not a good experience.
Get the garlic noodles and ribeye dish
The food and service really made celebrating a double birthday the best birthday dinner! We tried so many things on the menu including the bone marrow with shooters.... very delicious and messy :) The sous vide rib eye, butterflied prawns and fried rice were absolutely delicious!!! We had excellent service and all the servers were extremely knowledgeable about the food. Don't miss all the creative cocktails!
Really neat place. Was glad we got in for dinner. Everything was pretty good especially the pho. Would like to go back for lunch to try their daily soups!
Food was very tasty and cocktails were excellent and creative. We loved the pork skewers and garlic noodles. Pho soup was good but not outstanding. A bit on the pricier side. Service was excellent.
You can order delivery directly from The Lunch Lady using the Order Online button. The Lunch Lady also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Lunch Lady also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 559-5938.
The Lunch Lady is rated 4.5 stars by 186 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.