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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.

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    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.

      http://panzveggie.ca/

      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.

      http://vancouver.lovinghut.ca/

      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:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6505...

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        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...

        http://www.paradisevegetarian.com/men...

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

          http://www.paradisevegetarian.com/men...

          "Veggie Beef Rice noodle soup (Pho)"

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

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

            Gimme Bandidas before fake meat

            http://www.bandidastaqueria.com/

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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.

          http://www.cafekathmandu.com

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

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