Hours: Closed Mondays
- Small restaurant
- Outdated/not very clean
- Good Singaporean food
- Take out specials
- Boneless chicken
My girlfriend discovered Prata-Man awhile back when we were looking for an authentic Singaporean restaurant in Vancouver. It wasn’t too hard because it didn’t seem like there was a whole lot of varieties in Vancouver. Unlike Pho or Japanese restaurants, which we’re probably looking into the thousands.
Prata-Man is (I think) a family owned restaurant. There’s about a dozen tables with dated chairs and tables, chairs more than tables. If you don’t want to lose your appetite, don’t look up. There are dead flies inside the light fixture. Aside from the fact that they desperately need a major renovation, I think the food is what’s keeping the customers on coming back. We didn’t make reservations, I’m not sure if you can, but we got our table right away when we walked in on a weekend. We were greeted by a friendly smile.
We ordered a set of skewers. The skewers were alright, it was a bit hard to get it off the sticks but the flavours were there. The meats weren’t very tender, however, the peanut sauce made up for it. I would say Prata-Man has the best Peanut sauce I’ve had. It wasn’t overpowering, but gave the aroma of peanuts.
A dish that was raved about in reviews was the curry. Since we ordered a Hainanese chicken, we decided to get beef. The beef brisket was very tender and the curry was not hot curry, which was perfect with naan or rice. You might see a lot of oil in this picture, but once you mix it up there actually isn’t a lot.
And that’s exactly what we did, we ordered a side of na’an to go with their curry. This was their version of the na’an/roti, I couldn’t remember which it was. Not the best I’ve had, it’s a little stretchy and chewy but something about the texture that I didn’t particularly thought it was good.
We ordered a small size Hainanese chicken. Their chicken here was boneless! So you didn’t even need to chew out the bones. The chicken was perfectly done, still a bit warm but not cold. The dipping sauce was a green onion and ginger sauce on the left and sweet and sour sauce on the right. The green onion and ginger is my favourite. The chicken also came with a bowl of rice.
The rice is not your normal Jasmine rice, though they do have it. But they ran out. So we took their “oil” rice. “Oil” rice was made to pair the Hainanese chicken, though I do not know for what reason. But if you small “oil” rice, it usually smells pretty good. Though is it healthy, could be a question of its own? I found the oil rice not to be super oily, which was good.
The chicken also came with a bowl of clear soup. I had a sip and it was gingery, I didn’t finish it.
Overall, Prata-Man was a pleasant experience in terms of the food they had. However, I would refrain from coming back because of their dining environment. Many people do take-outs because they have take out specials which includes rice. You can just make it a meal. The prices are moderate. And service was pretty friendly though they do get busy when the tables were full.