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Jan 9, 2011 07:37 PM

Ayoub's Dried Fruit & Nuts in North Van-Simply Outsanding!

A brief mention of Ayoub's on this board last year led to me to a visit this afternoon-Best decision I've made in a while.

Everything about the place is top notch-clean as a whistle, friendly welcoming generous Staff, gorgeous displays, and the smells!!!!!!!!!

As it happens I'm no connoisseur of either nuts or dried fruit but I know quality comestibles and can easily see the care lavished on these products.

If you're at all interested this place is a Winner situated as it is in a neighbourhood with all kinds of foodie friendly places of interest-parking is easy and transit is a snap.

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  1. This looks great! I'll be sure to check it out.

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    1. re: fmed

      Hmm, we are trying a new Indian place near there on Sat night, will try to swing by!

      1. re: grayelf

        I visited once. I agree the place looks very clean and the items are nicely presented. The prices were much higher than the other Persian markets which have a nice nut and dried fruit selection nearby like Afra (1521 Pemberton Ave) and Nancy (1589 Garden Ave).

        I sampled an almond, which was supposedly fresh roasted, and even though the presentation container was very pretty, the almond itself was a bit stale tasting. Perhaps I caught them on a bad day, or just got a bad nut.

        But with the combination of higher prices, and a non-impressive sample taste, I haven't been back.

        1. re: YVRChow

          The Cashews I eventually bought were fresh from the roaster-still warm in fact.

          Dusted with Sea Salt/dressed with a tad of Lime and Saffron they were ambrosial and the best lunch of the year to date (!)

          I was intrigued by the selection of biscuits, chocolates and spices as well-all select items.

    2. i'm reinvigorating an old thread, but i would agree entirely with Sam SAlmon above - we visited recently and the "sour almonds" are amazingly (frighteningly) addictive, our young foodie companions were treated with respect (they didn't understand that each bag has to be separate product, but the english speaking lady at the front counter was very understanding --- it's well worth a visit ... and the small bakery that is nearby - Golestan - where they sell the cookies by the pound -- again, very interesting and polite. ps - at Ayoub - some of the other customers in line explained how to use Barberries etc. I would go back. It's on the east side of central lonsdale, kind of across from the ScotiaBank.

      we also had a light meal at Cazba (nearby) --- i don't know that i'd go back - i'd just go to the Anatolia Express for same prices but better more interesting food -- but on our Lonsdale outing day, the Cazba location and service was convenient, polite-enough. The food was OK. We tested the Hummous - not as smooth as Anatolia Express but acceptable. The pita bread was not as good anywhere close to Anatolia.

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      1. re: Georgia Strait

        I visited Ayoub's Denman Street location before Christmas and it was everything that Mr. Salmon reports on the North Van store. I bought some stocking stuffer items, all of which got great reviews, and took home a number of things that were of excellent quality. Fantastic Turkish Delight. The only thing I didn't like was their dried cherries; the quality was there, but I didn't like the flavor.

      2. Although the heading is not quite right for this it's worth linking it to the new Kits location on W 4th so that all can see what the excitement is about.

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        1. re: eatrustic

          There is also a store on Denman. Haven't been as yet though.