All organic, daytime restaurant. Serves grass fed/finished, pasture raised, free range meats from Pasture to Plate. Meals follow Weston A Price Foundation dietary recommendations. The owner, Barbara Schellenberg, is the Vancouver WAPF Chapter leader. Come join us for a healthy meal like no other.
The Ethical Kitchen is like no other restaurant around because of its dietary standards. They use healthy, grass fed or pasture raised or free range meats. No grain fed animals here! The ingredients are mostly organic (its the desserts that may have non-organic ingredients in them) and as local as possible. Some ingredients are even picked right outside in their own garden! The most unique aspect though is the affiliation with the Weston A Price Foundation, which recognizes the importance of animal foods, and especially animal fats, in the diet.
Meals range from soups and stews, to burgers and sandwiches, salads and even crepes, pancakes or waffles. Daily specials are listed on a board above the till, with a seasonal menu as well (be sure to ask if whether or not the something you'd like is available that day).
They make a special fermented drink called kombucha in house in a range of flavours. They even sell the cultures for home fermentation, just ask!
You can also buy Pasture to Plate products, including meats, stock, and lard. They also sell house made sauces, sauerkrauts and desserts.
The Ethical Kitchen is quite small, it has a nice friendly and homey atmosphere and the food is great. It's a local, small business with a commendable raison d'être that I fully support. If you're into the organic, healthy and sustainable way of life you'll love this little restaurant. But if you're not, you'll at least love the food.
I've been here so often I forget how I've come to discover this little gem. People may think it's a little pricey but if they understand the concept of the Weston A. Price Foundation and the direction this restaurant is following then it is a real value. You get a good nutritional and ethical bang for your dollar. It certainly fulfills my paleo lifestyle which I find very rare in the Lower Mainland.
The sourdough pancakes with the butter maple syrup is AWESOME! When in season this is topped with lots of local fresh berries and fruits and EK does not skimp on the syrup which is the BEST part. I'm a big eater and I love the portions of the pancakes. Same goes for their other breakfast dishes. It is a great value when you consider you're getting pasture raised eggs, pork and beef, local organic vegetables, homemade krauts with bioavailable probiotics.. Even when I've had almost TWO breakfasts at one time (oink oink) my stomach does not feel terrible like when I eat like a pig at other restaurants. This stuff sits well with me.
I love the atmosphere here. I feel like I'm eating at a farmer's home with it's large community tables, buying products from their pantry and watching diners come in from next door with noodles. Very community! Barb and the neighbouring store/restaurant share the dining area - tres cool!
I didn't want to reveal this but it would be selfish not to help out this place. I buy my FCLO here along with other paleo worthy goodies. She also sells coconut oil, vinegar, local raw honey, vanilla beans, clay powder and I've even snagged some great garage farm antique sale items when Barb redecorated.
Lots of gluten-free goodies, too.
I was driving down Marine Drive and was wondering where I should have lunch, I phoned my assistant and she advised me that she had eaten at Ethical Kitchen and said it was very good.
I found the location and was happy to see a restaurant that was not promoting beers as many other restaurants do for lunch, instead they were promoting wholesome organic food with a full line of delicious kombaucha health drinks.
I decided to sample the all Organic Beef Burger with seasonal vegetables advertised; I noticed right away that the burger came in a very splendid color of burger and bright seasonal vegetables. I tied into the burger and have to say I have never eaten a burger with so many flavors and with no noticeable grease; the burger is lean and full of flavor. I was really impressed with my meal and asked the young ladies where they bought there meat from, I was advised that all the meat came from their locally grown organic ranch.
I was so impressed with the meal that I now stop in weekly for lunch and purchase all my meat products from them. I now tell all my employees to get lunch at Ethical Kitchen when they have a chance to. I am hiring them to cater my Christmas Parties this year!
we had lunch here the other day and were surprised that everything was organic and house made. the flatbread sandwich was amazing with much more filling than bread. so many vegetables! the coffees are excellent as was the burger my friend had. much more than one would expect from a burger... so many extras.