Went there for drinks and food with some friends I hadn't seen in a while. Was told before going that the nachos are "the best in Vancouver". I didn't realize it was a vegetarian restaurant until I looked up the name of the place this meet-up was happening......being a former vegetarian, and now a meat-eater who still eats mostly vegetarian, I was excited to try this place out. The hipster thing I read about didn't really bug me, I'm a hippie at heart and my unshaven beard surely helped me fit in.
First of all, this place is DIRTY. That is kind of the point, but it's too far gone. The furniture is shabby, and I hear it's recycled, so great. But there's no reason for tons of flies to be flying around the restaurant.....bad sign. The bathrooms are actually not terribly dirty, but the way they are organized is baffling. I sincerely hope no one who goes there ever has to take a number two......first of all the stench will probably reach some of the patrons, and you'll likely have a member of the opposite sex using the toilet next to you. Nothing says "let's go for drinks sometime" like dropping a nuke within whispering distance of a pretty lady.
The service, unlike many reviews I have read elsewhere, was not too bad. We were a large group, so perhaps they felt it in their best interests to serve us a little better. They came around often enough to keep the beer flowing, and that is commandment number one in my books, whenever I'm having booze at a place.
The FOOD.....is....amazing. THE best vegetarian food I've ever had in my life. I never knew Quinoa could be so mouth-wateringly delicious. That wasn't even the best part of the night. It was. The. NACHOS.
They speak for themselves. Everyone says it, I've experienced it, it's true. The best nachos I've ever had. They are the main reason I'm going to have a hard time staying away despite the inspection reports and what I saw with my own eyes.
I really liked the atmosphere, and the quotes on the walls were a nice touch. I especially liked the feel that you might just be in some hippie's basement - Old kitchen stoves, old lighting. It's It's not for everyone, but I enjoyed it.
I hope they clean up their act.....I want to return many times. I can take the ripped booths, the old stoves, the crappy (but cool) decor, but the flies and the feeling that a rat may have slept on your nacho plate the night before are definitely big minuses. They are lucky their food is so good, and the demographic they cater to so loyal, for sure.