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Sep 7, 2009 07:38 AM

vegetarian restaurants in Vancouver

I am looking for a vegetarian restaurant that might be similiar to The Greens in San Fran. in Vancouver. Slightly upscale, great food. I have read on the boards several ideas, but looking for something that doesn't just make you think of veggie burgers.

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  1. Try Radha on Main St close to Chinatown.

    Radha Yoga & Eatery
    728 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A2V7, CA

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    1. re: fmed

      i've never been but does radha qualify as "slightly upscale" because the outside of the building and location do not seem to reflect that

      1. re: vandan

        The food itself is upscale (certainly compared to the usual recs of Foundation or - godforbid - Naam). I was impressed the first time I went...I don't usually go for "vegetarian" (though I like South Indian, etc.). The presentation style is almost "fine-dining"-ish.

          1. re: vandan

            About $20/pp, IIRC.

            I just visited their website to have a look the current menu - no menu posted unfortunately and it indicated that they are closed for renos till Sept 16.


    2. Sorry, no such place in Vancouver. The vegetarian places here tend to be hipster doofus as opposed to erudite urbanite. (The time I tried Radha, I was underwhelmed.) When I want upscale veg, I just go to a place like West that makes accommodations for our patronage.

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      1. re: cdnprairiedog

        Good to have a vegetarian perspective - thanks cdnprairiedog. Good tip on asking for vege options at a high-end place. "Hipster-doofus" is a perfect description.

        1. re: fmed

          The Naam=The Horror, The Horror.....

            1. re: Sam Salmon

              Worst restuarant experience I have ever had in Vancouver occurred there.

          1. Not upscale, but different from the "hipster-doofus" vibe - Saravanaa Bhavan.

            My veggie friends really like Foundation... but that's still hipster-doofus. Personally, I think everything on that menu reads the same. Also, I hate when people mis-spell things to be cute (e.g. "brokly").

            I was also really underwhelmed by Radha, though the space inside is nice.

            It'd be great if we had some upscale vegetarian places here. In the meanwhile I can only think of places that have good veggie options. Lumiere and West both offer vegetarian tasting menus.

            1. kcgirl, sadly, Vancouver has a void in the category of great, veg-only fine dining that is clean and healthy, not just vegetarian (e.g. The Greens, Candle (NY), Mandala Tea Room (Scottsdale)). Radha is likely the closest thing, but keep in mind that it is vegan, not veg. Also, it's only open 3 days a week, so be mindful of when you visit.

              As some of the other contributors have mentioned, many of the higher end restaurants do a great job of catering to veg diets, although I realize that it's still a stretch from what you're looking for.

              1. I just looked at the menu for Greens in SF, and I am going to go cry myself to sleep now.

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                1. re: cdnprairiedog

                  Hey cdp, if you want to get really depressed, hop on the SF Bay Area Board and check out the reviews of Ubuntu in Napa... but I digress.