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Vancouver & Victoria Vegetarian Trip Report

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I am a fairly avid eater/chowhounder from the East, and thought I'd post a report on our vegetarian eatings in two good veg cities- Vancouver and Victoria. This was a trip with two young girls and my wife--- so kid friendliness was also important.

Richmond, BC
Jade Seafood. We love Dim Sum and are about as experienced at eating it as you can be without speaking Cantonese, and enjoyed Jade. I confess, I eat meat, but my wife doesn't, so it is somewhat of a challenge to find good dim sum that accomodates us both. Jade definitely meets that goal. It was good, but maybe not great. It is definitely upscale and expensive- Dim Sum for 6(including 2 young kids) was $140USD. We splurged a bit and tried a lot of things including some meat items for several of us. Several of the items were really out of this World including a noodle dish and the mushroom dumplings. Snow pea leaves were also excellent. Fried enoki mushrooms were also quite good and unique. The dessert items were mediocre. The prices on the veg items were quite high- over $6cdn each. I'd probably try somewhere else in the future, though they deserve credit for having a wide vegetarian selection. For such an upscale Chinese place, they had great high chairs and were very nice to our little girls.

Vancouver, BC

Viet Sub
Good Bahn Mi. A really nice veggie one. Nice people, and great prices for the location. I'm sure there are better places in the region, but this is excellent. For about $3.50cdn, you get a really satisfying tofu laden sandwich. Very fresh and delicious. Small small seating area, but definitely recommend.

Japadog
This may be some people's idea of a good place, but the veggie dogs don't really work with their toppings. We had to try it. They had good enough fries. The dogs looked interesting, but the taste didn't quite work. I imagine the meat version is better, but I guess Japanese style hot dogs aren't really my thing.

YaYa Cafe
We went here for breakfast twice and enjoyed it immensely. Great bubble teas. Great--- much better than most. Not too sweet. Truly excellent. Great baked items and the soup was also good. Empanadas. Great vegetarian baked goods. Muffins. They were so nice to us and to our little girls. Reasonably priced. Really a good place. It's only a small coffee shop with limited seating, but we highly recommend.

Gorilla Food
This is Vegan raw restaurant near downtown. I like eating weird raw concoctions even when they don't work terribly well. I've been to a couple phenomenal places that really make raw food work. This was hit and miss. The side salad was great. The raw fettucini alfredo wasn't. The wraps were OK. I was so hungry afterwards that I walked from my hotel over to Viet Sub for a little more food. I have a hard time spending $10cdn on a little wrap, but I'm sure they use expensive, eco-friendly produce to make them. I'd skip it but I think it's the only raw food in town and it certainly wasn't bad.

Sawa Tea House
This is a small Japanese style tea house in Kitislano near Granville Island. It has a good seating area and a limited menu. It was good, but maybe not great. Nice enough people. Accomodating to our little girls. Vegetarian options. I guess, being a tea house, the food was good with plenty of vegetarian options. If you're in the area, I'd check it out, if not, maybe don't make a special trip. It fit in well with our trip to Granville Island.

Victoria, BC

Siam Thai
This is a totally decent, but by no means exceptional Thai place near the downtown area. Plenty of vegetarian items on the menu that are good. Phad Thai was quite good. Curries were decent. Not that much to say. It's not better than Thai places in a lot of cities, but if you need Thai food, this is a good place to go.

Mo'Le
We had a truly revelatory breakfast at Mo'Le- maybe the best meal of the trip. The Huevos Rancheros here are ridiculously good. Smokey bean. Poached eggs- you can have them any way. HomeMade corn tortillas. Best I've ever had. Not to miss! They also make a vegan mushroom sausage that is awesome. Eggs Benedict- veg- was also quite good, though the HR really stole the show. This place is really great- and they were also wonderful to our little girls. Kids menu items are large and well priced. Highly recommend.

ReBar
This is kind of a Victoria Veg institution that put out a cookbook some years back. No alcohol is served and the place is pretty popular and packed. Really solid vegetarian fare. There are some non-veg options on the menu as well, but they definitely focus on vegetarian, healthy choices with lots of good vegan desserts. This is a nice place. Well worth a stop for the vegetarian or non-vegetarian. Very very kid and family friendly. The salads were good and the almond burger was quite good. Not a cheap place, and though we went there for dinner, I might recommend going there for brunch instead. No complaints.

Unfortunately, the veg Chinese restaurant, Lotus Pond, was closed while we were in Victoria. It's supposed to be quite good and we would have liked to have tried it. Next time!

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The Jade Seafood Restaurant
8511 Alexandra Rd, Richmond, BC V6X1C3, CA

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  1. Thanks for the info-Good not Great applies to a lot of veggie places here in Vancouver.

    Have yet to try out Sawa must remedy that shortcoming soon.