The Chopped Leaf is making the world greener, one salad at a time.
If you are looking for a place that is vegan friendly and gluten-free, but do not really care to pay a lot, then this is the place for you. The chopped leaf on Robson does fit the bill. Even if you I am not a vegetarian or have any allergic reaction to gluten, I thought this would be a good place to "eat healthy". Boy was I wrong. The food is expensive for the tiny portions served and always has me thinking I should have gone somewhere else. The brown rice from my no.1 was hard and the chicken was hardly visible. I thought I would be a little more successful with the salads (you can make your own) but it was a disappointment as well. What got me was that they even charge for tap water...
Not only is the food overpriced, but the service is clearly lacking here. The couple of times I have been here, I have had to wait ridiculously long to get attended. The place is small and seats a few, and the staff are all over the place and cannot handle take-out orders or working fast.
Recently came across this restaurant and understand it is newly opened recently. Being just opened I will give it a few breaks as must be working out the kinks still. Upon entering there was a very pleasant young man who welcomed me and explained the menu (nice personal touch!). I ordered a small size salad and for me that was just right. Liked how the salad is mixed in a bowl with the dressing so it is all coated. Had some nice crunchy pita and croutons on it too. Tried a soup and it was really yummy and tasty and it also had some real great croutons on it (like homemade ones I make). The young man who brought me my salad seemed bit lost finding me and even though I ordered to eat in restaurant it came in disposable containers (didn't like that). The fellow who greeted me came over and asked how I liked the salad apologized for the mix up and said normally they are in white bowls (I saw one next to me and made salad look very appealing).
Bit pricer for salad but considering they actually make it fresh for you and ingredients looked fresh and good quality it likely is worth the price as nothing quite like this any where in Van. that I know of.
Plan to return and try some of the other salads esp. ones that pick ingredients yourself, dressings, etc.
What a unique idea to have water that has fresh fruit floating in it (tasted good when chewed on a piece of watermelon and for $1 better than bottled water I figure.
Hope this restaurant makes it as unique idea.
I agree, it's nice to see a healthy option in the area. Their soups are delicious as well, however their wraps and salads are mediocre at best. The idea is that your pick a protein and a few types of veggies for your salad or wrap, the variety is good, they even have seafood as an option. The problem however is that they are very chintzy with the toppings, for instance if you choose tofu as your protein they put 3-4 small cubes of tofu on top of your salad. The wraps all sound really nice but they never have enough sauce in the wrap thus making it a very dry wrap. I only go here for soup, I'd rather go to salad loop just down the street on Hamilton & Robson for some flavour.
I came across this place and always intrigued me to see what it has to offer. Finally I gave it a shot and I'm so happy I did. They have very fresh healthy food that taste amazing. Their dishes are so unique and challenge my taste buds to the fullest.
Apparently they make all their own dressings, soups, croutons and etc.
I strongly recommend this place. Might get very busy during lunch but worth the wait.
I admire everything about this place: Unique menu items + Vegan & Gluten Free options + Service and staff
I tried the Bangkok salad with Prawns (it's got their home-made Evil Peanut dressing) and my girlfriend got the Whole Bowl #2 with Wild Salmon and they were both excellent. I've also heard great things about their home-made soups.
Definitely give this a try. %100 recommended.
You are paying for convenience and a vegan to make your food.
My friend and I went to grab a bite to eat right before a concert. I ordered the Sunshine wrap and he ordered a Spicy Chicken sandwich. The two orders took them about 10 minutes to put together, which we found odd since there was only 1 other table (already served) and 2 people in line behind us.
I found my Sunshine wrap to be quite delicious, although I did feel like I could've made it at home for cheaper. My friend took a bite of his sandwich and said "where's the chicken?" He, then, proceeded to open up his sandwich only to find that the chicken was thinner than the cashier who rung our order in. That's when I said to him "I bet a vegan made your sandwich".
Next time I’m going to Nuba. I’d walk further and shell out for Nuba way before I come back to Chopped Leaf again; that is, if I do return at all.