Why? Because I don't have the time to go on and on about how great this place is.
Now that business seems to have picked up and the doubters have caught on that the people responsible for this shrine that is now my proverbial crack dealer, Wassan and Miss Mona and their devoted group of servers/friends/cute girls (and guys, occasionally - this is an equal opportunity establishment) hoping for free food have realized the quintessential lunch spot in the Kitsilano-Fairview area.
Lunches range from $4 for a small soup or salad (made from scratch and varies day to day, week to week) to $8 for a Lebanese sandwich (basically the best donair you've ever had) made on freshly baked dough). The place is also versatile in the sense that if you have allergies, or are a little person (cheese manakeesh, that's all I'm saying - they'll never eat at McDonald's again), there are usually enough accommodating options. Be prepared to for a short wait for the hot items, as this place doesn't just flop turkeys. On the plus side, if you're worried about being late coming back from work, you'll probably be so full you'll just call in sick and drink lebanese tea or sip Arak (similar to Ouzo, without going chefy on you) all afternoon and get a taxi home.
If you're still not looking for someone to carry you out of the restaurant (whether it's because you're bursting or the Arak knocked you into the middle of next week), they have an excellent dessert menu, including several different types of the best not-too-sweet baklava on the planet (which is great, because by the time they make me a diabetic, Wassan should be financially able to pay my medical bills when the country and the health care system goes broke). PLEASE COME TO MONA'S BISTRO... it might just save my life. And if you don't, I don't care - just keep them in business and there'll be more zataar (lamb sandwich) for me. Fortunately for me, Mona's Mezza Bistro is easily the healthiest spot on the strip.
If I sound like some hack with a financial stake in the business, you're half right. I'm just trying to get on the payroll and make some easy money, that's all this is. I'm just counting on working tastebuds and a frugal wallet. What did I say about work?