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Dinner with the vegans - any ideas?

tangentdesign Jun 11, 2010 07:45 PM

I'm a committed eater of all creatures great and small, but I've committed to dining with a couple of vegan friends and I really need to find a restaurant that rises to the challenge and manages to somehow produce a mouth watering experience without ingredients like meat, cheese and eggs - a challenge somewhat akin to turning water into wine.

Don't really want Buddhist veggie a la Bo Kong. And definitely don't want to set foot into Foundation on Main st and have to deconstruct their baffling menu and read their painfully earnest slogans. 3g on Cambie does a decent job but been there, done it. Somewhere budget friendly would be nice since I'm saving up for a compensatory steak.

Any ideas?

- paul

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  1. moyenchow RE: tangentdesign Jun 11, 2010 08:33 PM

    My sister recently went vegan for 6 weeks and she really liked Radha Yoga & Eatery (www.radhavancouver.org). She said it was tasty and the food isn't very expensive because it is veggies. I think you can get a 3 course meal for $28.

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

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      Sam Salmon RE: moyenchow Jun 11, 2010 09:04 PM

      Panz Chinese veggie on Hornby haven't been not too fond of fake meat meals.


      Loving Hut on Broadway near Cambie quite tasty they're not afraid to throw some spice into the food, sincere capable no attitude service, something of a café vibe.They've added a few Chinese items to the menu since the website was put up.


      1. re: Sam Salmon
        grayelf RE: Sam Salmon Jun 11, 2010 11:23 PM

        When I have the vegan dilemma, it's Dharma Kitchen time. Not all items are slam dunks but the salads are huge and tasty and the Thai-ish tofu dishes are more than satisfying (the lemon grass one in particular). Avoid the rice bowls. Very economical too which doesn't hurt. Service can be a tad west coast interpretational but the earnestness does not detract too much :-).

        This site seems like a decent listing though it is not really analyzing quality: http://www.korvus.com/vancouvervegan/...

        also here's a recent thread on veg (though not strictly vegan) that might help:

        Dharma Kitchen
        3667W Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6R2B8, CA

    2. LotusRapper RE: tangentdesign Jun 11, 2010 11:36 PM

      I have a soft spot for The Foundation at Main & 7th. Used to go there quite a bit but haven't done so in the past 4-5 yrs after they expanded their space. Also I don't know if their current menu provides vegan per se. Maybe be worth a call to find out.

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        fmed RE: LotusRapper Jun 11, 2010 11:39 PM

        Foundation is out according to the OP. Nuba has some really nice vegan dishes.

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          LotusRapper RE: fmed Jun 11, 2010 11:43 PM

          Ooops, sorry I didn't read carefully the OP.

      2. tangentdesign RE: tangentdesign Jun 12, 2010 10:34 AM

        Going to probably try Paradise Vegetarian Noodle on 10th Avenue in burnaby. Will report back...


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          LotusRapper RE: tangentdesign Jun 12, 2010 03:10 PM


          "Veggie Beef Rice noodle soup (Pho)"

          Wow. That's almost like saying: "Veggie Prime Rib" ;-)

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            Sam Salmon RE: LotusRapper Jun 12, 2010 09:56 PM

            Gimme Bandidas before fake meat


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          Percy RE: tangentdesign Jun 19, 2010 04:29 PM

          I found that Cafe Kathmandu is a good restaurant for veggies and meat-eaters. Being a meat-eater myself, I find that it can be a little frustrating to eat a strict vegetarian restaurant.

          Cafe Kathmandu is a Nepalese restaurant. Very flavourful food, using local and organic foods. 100% dairy-free. The restaurant owner is very personable as well. Great food that doesn't break the bank.


          If you haven't tried Nepalese food, I would definitely recommend it.

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