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perVancouverSince March 9, 20083 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.3)
  • Food2.5 (2.3)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)


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Foundation, The2301 Main Street, Vancouver
Hit & Miss
Submitted Sunday, March 9, 2008 - 12:34pm [Dine in]

This place is nice enough to return to, though largely thanks to the lack of better options in Vancouver.

At times, the music has been so loud and so obnoxious that I barely noticed the actual meal in my fervour to escape the speakers.

The menu tries really hard to be cool and funky, but just comes off as overly cutesy and annoying. Someone thought it would be awesome alternative to use spellings like 'brokkly' and 'sesamum' and abbreviations like 'toms'. It's decipherable enough, but I'd rather not translate when I'm hungry. I suspect this gimmick is a joke staff cooked up to humiliate diners, as they must know how stupid we feel using these ridiculous pseudo-words.

I've enjoyed the food well enough more often than not. My staple here is a broccoli-tofu combination served on rice; very simple, but tasty and filling. Despite being a cheaper item (it's listed with the appetizers), I always have a little left over to take home.

Entrees are often a one-dish deal, so choose carefully; the sauce you select will permeate your entire meal. Sometimes this has worked out well--the sesame maple salad with chickpeas and tofu was very, very tasty, though a little salty. At other times, I've been sick of the same flavour long before I was actually full. The tofu-burger was adequate, but I don't need to eat it again.

The dark chocolate fondue is nice for dessert, but they could use a better selection of other sweets. I've never been able to try their vegan pies as they are perpetually unavailable.

Service used to truly suck. Now the staff is pleasant but sometimes scatterbrained. I've been given food with no utensils to eat with, and tried without success for quite a few minutes to get someone's attention. At other times, the bill is presented but it's impossible to get someone to come over to give change. Last time I went, our waitress was very helpful; let's hope change is on the way.

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Greens and Gourmet2582 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Overpriced and overrated.
Submitted Sunday, March 9, 2008 - 12:20pm [Dine in]

This by-weight buffet place is a rip-off. A small woman with a delicate appetite can look forward to a $10 meal she could fit in one hand. Forget taking anyone with a heartier appetite here unless you want to shell out $20 for an average plate of food. Expect no leftovers

In five years, the menu has barely changed. There are some (ie, one) good item(s) here; Tofu Pakoras are simple but tasty. Friends of mine have enjoyed the Miso-Honey Tofu (or something like that); I find it overly salty. They used to have great samosas that were tasty and filling for 99 cents, but have gradually dwindled to a paltry sack of potatoes in greasy pastry for almost twice that.

Plan to be disappointed at the dessert bar. Their cakes and pies often look neglected, dejected, and downright old. The chocolate cake is dry and uninspiring, and the cookies are powdery. They used to have a great Love Bar, but soon after introducing this item, they whittled down the portions, flavour, and pleasure. It now bears more resemblance to a Bitter Breakup Bar. Both vegan and nonvegan cheesecakes are topped with a disgusting 3-inch-thick jammy substance, and the filling for the vegan one is gross and tofu-y.

I once asked about the perpetual Help Wanted sign this place displays in the window like a pretty hanging plant. I was haughtily told that they were looking for someone with "considerable cooking experience" as opposed to someone who could just "bake well at home". They might be better off bringing in someone with real talent, regardless of their credentials, and spicing up their boring menu and abysmal sweets section.

I will say that the staff have always been polite and kind. Perhaps this is why I occasionally go back here, hoping for similarly positive experiences with the food.

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Annapurna1926 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Initially enjoyable, later adequate, finally disappointing
Submitted Sunday, March 9, 2008 - 12:07pm [Dine in]

Visit #1: Great experience. Staff were eager to point out which dishes were vegan, the food was tasty, and the service was pleasant.

Visit #2: Nice enough. I enjoyed the food; my dining companion found the cauliflower dish too spicy, though we were assured it was not especially hot.

Visit #3: Took my nonvegetarian mum here after raving about my initial tasty experience. We had a coupon, which we presented upon ordering. This was apparently the catalyst for the staff to take our order, bring the food, then completely ignore us for the rest of the meal.

After eating, we sat for probably half an hour, unable to get anyone to come over, pack up our leftovers, and get us our bill. It was before the dinner rush and there were few other diners in there.

The food on this occasion was slightly salty and uninspiring. Despite being fully vegetarian, they seem not to have figured out a substitute for butter on their flatbreads, so if you're vegan, expect your bread to arrive bland and dry. I won't be going back. Pity; it started out so promisingly.

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