The Foundation is a funky, retro casual restaurant with relaxed service offering a menu of vegan & vegetarian dishes til 1am.
I've been to this restuarant twice now. 1st time I got take out hummus, which is sooo cheap and you get so much!!! But as I was about pay the cook said "Hold on, that isn't any good. I just tasted it and I think it's gone bad. I'll make you something else" I was happy that he didn't let me leave with nasty food, but disappointed that I was almost out the door... and that now I had to wait longer. He made me something else.. I dont know what it was called but it tasted almost like hummus and was DELICIOUS!!! I ate it on the bus ride home and oh my god the people around me probably thought I had been starved for days before! 2nd visit- my friend and I went in for lunch. Again, I was really happy with the food, delicious! And the portion sizes are HUGE! But I was disapointed with the service. I know it's a laid back sorta place, but I think they are too laid back with their customers. Service takes a long time, but you forget about it when your food arives!
The Food is great, the price is low. Service sucks but what do you expect for 8$. We had "A Katered Afair" ; Homous, Tofu with peanut sauce and rice, Spring greens salad with mango dressing, Grilled flat bread, Nacho chips and Yams blended into a dip. This fed two of us as an appy platter for $11 with 4 drinks total bill was $28. If you drink order em two at a time and if you are in a rush don't go. Great food, freak factor 5 for staff and patrons. a Main St. instant classic.
I have only been there once or twice. I find the service cold and unattentive. My friend and I had to wait a long time to even get any service. When ordering we noticed snippy attitude from the waitress. Too bad. You can have a cool restaurant, but rudeness is not part of this coolness. Otherwise, not a bad place to go and hang out. The decor is with purpose and proves a point.
The dimly lit restaurant has chairs and tables from the 80's - not the most comfy but delightfully funky. Quotations comparing Bush to Hitler - so true. Servers have a genuine attitude rather than a fake "how are you have a wonderful evening" smile. HUGE and yummy salads and pasta - Must try their Mango Forte - pasta cooked in coconut mango sauce.
Okay, so I'll be the first to admit it.
This place is totally for hipsters.
But that's okay.
I went on a very busy saturday night and had to wait some time with my group of friends in a line forming outside the door to get in. Probably because of the lack of seating in the small place.
Once inside, we were seated in a table in the back by the kitchen, loud music was playing - which was fine for me, though sometimes I had to raise my voice somewhat just so my friends could hear me over the music and the other people talking.
The place was very dimly lit, mostly by candles placed on people's tables - and the quotes on the wall werent so bad, I dont see why it seems everyone is so irratated by them.
The people who work there seem to have fun among themselves - I could hear them joking and laughing in the nearby kitchen, but when they come out to serve they take their time ( it was a good 15-20 minute wait for us) and can be somewhat rude with a kindof "im better than you" attitude.
All we ordered was a big nacho plate, we got it upgraded so that the nachos had potatoes on them too and so we could have guacamole with it.
considering it was only nachos, they took quite awhile to arrive, but when they did they were quite good. Not skimpy on the toppings, and a big portion. 2 orders of nachos filled all 9 of us up and we were able to bring a bit home in a doggy-bag for a friend. The potatoes on the nacho's were a great touch and the guacamole was excellent. I didn't like the salsa, it tasted more like water with tomatoes mushed up in it.
Overall, including tip our bill only came to about $20, which wasnt that bad considering the amount of food we got.
I would try it again.
The place was packed full of hipsters and alike when 3 others and I arrived at 6:30 for dinner. Charming diner style with a very laid back vibe. Service was only ok, although our server had some solid recommendations which proved to be spot on.
Regardless of the lackluster service, I would definately go back for the large selection and savoury tasting food. We got 4 different things to split amongst us and I loved every single order. The curries were thick and rich with just the right amount of spices, the dressing for the salads were suprisingly tropical, and the pasta with peanut pesto was a creamy twist on a favorite classic. The portions were huge- I went home pleasantly stuffed. Everything is around $10 and you will definately get your moneys worth.
The music is too loud. The food is mediocre. The service is slow, and the staff wear clothes that look dirty (including toques that appear to be hiding grungy hair). The food is pretty healthy, but that's about all it has going for it. I'm usually excited when I place my order hoping that what I will get on my plate will be as imaginative as the names on the menu -- but alas, it's usually just a pile of boring food that I could easily whip up at home. I think it's time for me to move on to better vegetarian fare.
Once the hilarity of the spunky menu and the fellowship with your company distracts you from the faint smell of urine that lingers in the restaurant, the character of this "dive" shines through hard. The deep and intriguing quotes that line the wall portray the type of mindset that is almost required to truly appreciate this place.
I did internally question myself why the waitress didn't write down the orders, but I quickly realized the lightheartedness that is achieved when the waitress comes back to tell you that she's forgotten half of the orders. You see, if you're the type of person who would be negatively effected by this aforementioned event, or the atmosphere of this restaurant (a prude old person/ someone not anywhere close to a hipster) the dining experience could essentially suck. Don't come here if you're not ready to have fun.
I'm not exactly sure how the cheese got in my water glass. It's likely that it came from the hectic reaching towards the delicious nachos that have enough beans to potential tear a whole in your pants. but I wouldn't put it past as being a hilarious practical joke pulled by the waitress... Good one!
Most of the food was delicious. There seems to be a lot of beans and coconut on the menu, so I was right at home, but there's almost a solid option for everyone (meaning all vegetarians or people who can dig some "zuke" and "chick beens"). I would not recommend the "social platter". It wasn't a terrible tasting, but what it consisted of resembled baby-food quite closely, and was lacking flavour. Most of the food seemed to be quite healthy, so that was a nice refresher to have at a restaurant.
Over-all my experience at "The Foundation" was great, including and beyond the food. I'd have to go as far as to say it's the restaurant I most look forward to returning to.
I have eaten there several times, and everything I have had has been absolutely superb. The vibe is funky, fitting into the area perfectly, and I like that you can see the cooking going on. I have always found the service to be very good, with friendly servers. Five stars for utter perfection.
The food at foundation is great. We ordered the nachos and they are honestly the best nachos in town at the best value. The service is pretty hit and miss depending on how busy they are, but it adds to the vibe which makes the restaurant unique. If you are looking for great vegetarian food in a unique, chillled out environment then the Foundation is the place to be.
One of the best restaurant in Vancouver, and one of the most affordable... I've absolutely loved every single meal I've had here. However, the same can't be said for the service. It's a real crap shoot. Some are friendly and timely, others are seriously rude. A few of the servers here obviously haven't gotten over their better than thou teenage angst and have no idea that being a server should include service. The nachos here are the best I've ever had. Tons of toppings. Basically everything here is really affordable, tasty and healthy. I hardly ever find all three at the same time. When I eat here with a friend, the bill is rarely over $20. As for the ambiance, I agree that the hip-hop music can be a little loud, but the quotes are fun. I don't think the owners are pretentious, it's just a part of the restaurants theme.
I LOVE the food at The Foundation, and it's super well priced. As a student, this is one of my "go to" restaurants.
The service can vary. Sometimes you're left standing at the door for a long time, sometimes you're helped right away. The servers also vary from quick and efficient to lazy and rude. I believe in tipping accordingly, so when I get bad service they get a mediocre tip.
Otherwise, food is outstanding and I really like the lunch server, she's rad.
Try the Molton Tofu, it's my favourite. My boyfriend loves the BLT-ish, but I think it may only be served for lunch.
As for ambiance, I hate the wall quotes, but otherwise it's fine. Suits the food, if you know what I mean.
In my mind, this Foundation is pretty solid. After a while, you pretty much know what to expect.. Longer than usual wait times for delicious, hearty, big servings of veg food. It's a social place, so don't get too antsy; set aside the time to chat and drink and don't go when you're starving. All the dishes are equally tasty and pretty much standard (you know what to expect).
I do have a few complaints as a vegan. Considering most of their menu is vegan, they really need to get vegan after meal candies! Also, I ordered a vegan sugar pie once and it came dolloped with cow secretions and not much apology.
FOOD >>> The Foundation never disappoints. Their quirky, vegetarian fare is always a crowd pleaser. We've tried almost everything on the menu, the nachos come highly recommended!
SERVICE >>> While servers are highly enthusiastic, multiple times our orders have been forgotten, either resulting in a long wait for food or no food at all.
VALUE >>> Can't be beaten! Incredible amounts of food for the price of an appetizer at another restaurant.
AMBIANCE >>> The Foundation is hard to miss- it's painted bright lime green. Inside, inspirational quotes adorn the walls and socially responsible rap/hip-hop blares perhaps slightly louder than is necessary.
Got tired of reading negative reviews. Them folk don't know what they're talking about.
I've been coming to Foundation for 4 years now and NEVER have a I had a bad experience. Yah, sometimes the service is a little slow, but only if it's slammin in there, and that's completely understandable. But never is the service rude or unfriendly.
The food is amazing. I've never eaten something I don't like there, and I've had just about everything on the menu by now.
The kitchen staff are awesome, and MUCH cleaner than any you might find in a closed concept kitchen at another restaraunt. They're also quick and really good at what they do.
Go ahead and try something other than the nachos, you may find yourself delighted.
And the atmosphere of the place isn't meant to be trendy or kitch (for all you who expect it to be) it's meant to inspire you, and if you look at the walls - and have half a brain - it will.
Cheer up, this place is friggin awesome.
Even if you aren't vegetarian, you will love this place. The flavours and creativity can't be beat. I have been here about 6 times now after only discovering it 6 months ago and it is great! Never had a bad meal and the staff are great at recommending something if you're unsure what to order. A ton of food for a reasonable price. Their nachos can't be beat!!! I love this place!
We used to like The Foundation - great nachos, laidback decor. good veg food, but I agree that the music is getting louder (we couldn't hear each other last time) and more offensive - I don't want to hear about some man's "bitches" while I'm eating (or any time, really. As for food... it used to be really good, but last time our nachos were burnt and our salads were soggy. Too bad, b/c it was nice having a veg restaurant like that around, and we miss their good nachos.
I've given the Foundation plenty of opportunities. It's pretty darn good veggie food and the prices are totally right. The spinach salad is fabulous, the nachos are kick-you-in-the-face awesome and I'm all over the sandwiches.
However, I have to echo what everyone else is saying about the way-too-loud music not being conducive to a good dinner conversation. It's so loud it disrupts digestion! Also, the service is brutal. It's borderline hostile. I never get water when I ask for it, you wait at least 30 minutes even for an appetizer. I requested a diet coke and the server, instead of saying "I'm sorry, we only serve regular soda" she bugged her eyes out and screeched "Aspertame gives you brain cancer!!!!".
Some of the menu descriptions are vague--I thought I was ordering yam fries and ended up getting pita chips and baby food. It was pureed yam and it was utterly vile. But that was my own fault for reading it wrong.
In short, I really don't like going here. If you want really amazing veggie food and friendly-ish service on Main St, head on up to Bo Kong for some wicked vegan Buddhist food. YUM.
My husband and I are regulars here - no other restaurant have we gotten such great vegan food for so little. And the portions are great! We eat here at least once a week! I highly recommend the Spicy Peanut and the Hummus appetizer is incredible.
We haven't had lunch there much, but I assume it's just as great.
I like the food here. I've been several times. I pretty much always order the Katered Affair. It's $12, and enough for 1.5 people (not quite enough for 2, but much more than I can eat alone).
The service has almost always been friendly, but it's just terribly slow. I don't think it's because the servers are bad, I think it's because they are horribly understaffed at this restaurant, and the servers have too much to do.
I've waited an hour for food to arrive more than once.
I actually don't go there anymore because of the slow service, I just call ahead for take out. I like the food, but I just can't wait 20 minutes to be served, and then an hour for the food to arrive.
I would recommend going if you want a really cheap meal and you have 3 hours to spend on dinner.
Also, the music played in this restaurant is usually rap/r&b, and it's quite loud. It's not like Eminem or 50 cent, it's much more interesting and relevant, but it's still got the same kind of sound. Personally I like it, but my bf can't stand it, and I would certainly never take my parents there.