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Foundation, The

2301 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5T3C9
Tel: (604) 708-0881 Order Online
Neighbourhood: Mount Pleasant

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This place is PAINFULLY slow!
By muckraker of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 5:40pm [Dine in]

I used to like the Foundation well enough. The food was OK and the ambiance was kind of cool with the old style tables and cool quotes up on the wall. I never thought the food was fantastic, but it was yummy enough -- especially the Spicy peanut-sauce pasta.

But the service at this place, which was always pretty bad, has gotten downright pathetic. They recently expanded -- nearly doubling their serving space. But, near as I can tell, they haven't added any servers. The result is that it takes a long time for someone to take your order, a very long time for the food to come out and an eternity to get your bill and get out of there when you're done. The group I was with literally waited 45 minutes after we were done our meal to get our plates cleared and the bill -- and that was after one of us went to go find our server and ask for it.

I don't actually blame the servers here. They seem pretty nice. It's just that there aren't nearly enough of them. The recent expansion seems to have come with a bar and I'm guessing that maybe they've decided they can make more money off people leisurely ordering drinks than those who actually want to eat.

It's a shame, but our experience last time was so horrible that this place is permanently off our list. I wouldn't have thought it was possible, but this place makes the Naam's service look superb.

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Good food, weird everything else
By fishtron of Vancouver West (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 8, 2007 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

First off, I loved the rice absolutely: mango, coconut, beans over rice with bits of melting cheese. Serving wasn't huge but it was filling, for certain.

Two team members ordered the burgers and thought they were mediocre, but I figure that using veggies to emulate meat is kind of pointless and is akin to comparing apples and oranges really. Could be that I've never had a good veggie burger myself and rationalised it as an impossible and rather pointless comparison.

The servers were awkward to start (no smiles at all!) until we joked a bit with them. They also allowed us to get extra fruit for free for the chocolate fondue, which was pretty sweet.

For us, the glasses were made of glass, not plastic, so we didn't get the weird taste. They likely purchased new hardware since last the last few reviewers.

The menu was the single most frustrating thing ever. The item names were pretty but not descriptive at all (the heck is "Upper East Side" and "Lower East Side" and what do they have to do with rice?), and combined with the fancy but horribly confusing layout it took us well over 15 minutes to pour over and decide on an item.

The quotes on the walls at the time were all related to "power" and were kind of annoying really. Some were actually profound and good, but others simply had the word "power" in it and had little to do with their concept of power, and some were even so far-fetched to simply be quotes with certain letters capitalised to just SPELL the word "power". So contrived!

The loud hip-hop was annoying as well, but not loud enough to be invasive so we largely ignored it. Maybe I'm missing some sort of connection here but a chic little place like this with some philosophical quotes on the walls and speakers blaring "bitches and hoes" seemed really out of place.

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Review by Fish on behalf of The Last supper, recorded 2007-08-05, posted 2007-09-08

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Great Place - Great food - 'eh' service
By georgekessel of Vancouver BC (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 5, 2006 - 3:36pm [Dine in]

They have delicious food - prices are just fine - beer is nice and tasty. I just wish they'd improve their attitude. Foundation is great for taking my friends who are dead flesh eaters (sorry for the comment). They always love the food there as do I. I've eaten there perhaps 40 times in the past few years. The food quality is inconsistent but sometimes truly amazing (and sometimes they put a bit too much cinnamon in their Final Option which kills it).

I recommend this restaurant!

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Cool food and friendly attitude
By anata of Kitsilano, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 3, 2006 - 11:10pm [Dine in]

I LOVED THIS RESTAURANT!! The food was amazing, very unique and tasty. The staff was very friendly with no attitude at all. We asked one of the staff to explain the desserts they had and then said we wanted to think about it. After a while, she came back and asked if we wanted any. It was very busy and she still remembered to follow up! The plates are huge! You get way more than you pay. The atmosphere was quite romantic (other than the music) and the decor simple but comfy. I recommend this restaurant to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike! The menu is vegan friendly too!

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Good food, bad service
By vinns of marpole, vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 23, 2006 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

The food was amazing. I went with 3 of my girlfriends and we ordered one nachos, one appy, 2 entrees, and a fondue. The bill? It was only 12 bucks a person including tax and tip. The nachos had simple ingredients but tasted great with the special salsa. The food is fresh and very unique.

The service, however, was not so great. They forgot our order of fondue, but gave us the fondue forks and sharing plates. After half an hour, we asked for it and they apparently left it out of our order. Well how can you give us the fondue utensils and NOT remember we ordered fondue? Our server, while moving the candle holder, dropped the candle in our food and had to ASK us what we wanted to do. GIVE US A NEW DISH OFCOURSE!

I do like the food and I like how cheap the food is. I'll go back. But I'll expect to wait for my food.

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Yummy veg food, Bad Service
By Moonmama of East Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 5, 2005 - 1:26pm [Dine in]

Typical of the Main street area, the serversare detached and cold. Its almost as if you don't exist. But, the food is very good. The nachos are the best. A solid place to get good veg eats and its usually ok to stay for a while- in fact noone would notice if you stayed all night.

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Great food, low prices, bad service.
By k8bouch of Main Street, Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - 1:01pm [Dine in]

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!

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By einytess of Kitsilano, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 22, 2005 - 3:56pm [Dine in]

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.

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Gotta love the cheap food and attitude
By ting of Richmond, Vancouver (29 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

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.

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Incredibly overrated.
By Eve-L NW of New Westminster, (11 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 19, 2010 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

The Foundation is SO incredibly overrated.

The atmosphere sucks. The hip-hop music is aggressive and loud, I don’t know if I’d hate it in another context but it’s wrong in a restaurant context. The quotes on the wall aren’t “charming” they’re cliché and taken out of context. I have a socialist streak so it’s not like I disagree with the quotes themselves, or think they’re stupid, it’s just that to me, painting them in big letters on the wall screams “Look at me, I’m an intellectual!”. The place isn’t very clean either and the furniture is annoying.

The food is not bad but it’s overrated. I’ve had much better vegetarian food elsewhere. I’ve tried two dishes there and both times it was swimming in oil. And kind of rancid oil, too! The flavours themselves weren’t too bad, but nothing special either. I can make better food myself and I hate to cook so… But to be fair, it’s not terrible. Just very average. The famous nachos mentioned below are okay but often burned. Are vegetarians really that ignorant about taste? I think not, I have a vegan friend and her cooking is very good.

The service, as mentioned by other reviewers, is abysmal. It takes forever for them to acknowledge you when you walk in the door, then once you’re seated, it takes forever to get menus. Then you wait some more for water, then for them to take your order, and then, you wait even longer for the food to get there. I understand that they’re busy (the restaurant is full of masochist hipsters who apparently like average food served late by unfriendly servers) but there’s no reason why a pasta dish that should take about 20 minutes to make takes over 50 minutes to get to your table. Especially since I noticed it had been sitting next to the kitchen for at least 15 minutes. The staff is inattentive and unfriendly. One server seemed nice one time I went, but she wasn’t the one serving us.

Value is good, I will give them that. You get decent portions for the price and the ingredients are healthy, so you can fill up your tummy with healthy food for not much. That is the only thing about the foundation that is even remotely worth the reputation it gets.

I might give it another try in the future but I’m not sure. If the service was good and the music was decent, I could probably deal with the average food that takes forever to come, but it’s certainly not the case…

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Delicious food, great value
By 301056349 of coquitlam (18 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 9, 2009 - 11:16pm [Dine in]

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.

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Do I Smell Urine?
By Benji_foodluver of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, February 25, 2013 - 7:05pm [Dine in]

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.

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Completely Brilliant
By ElleMNOP of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

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.

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Top 10 of Vancouver
By PepperPhd of Vancouver, Mount Pleasant (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 9:08pm [Dine in]

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.

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Love the food!
By enleigh of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 6:12pm [Dine in]

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.

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solid
By alissaraye of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 5:59pm [Dine in]

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.

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Foundation = Good Eats
By 0_0 of Commercial Drive, Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 23, 2009 - 8:30pm [Dine in]

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.

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A much better experience
By FatCamp of West End, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 3:42pm [Dine in]

I said I would keep trying this place, and I really found that it has been changing for the better again.
Went here with a good friend and we shared the platter with 2 glasses of wine for $30 after the tip...fantastic value.
The food was done right, and definitely better than what it was starting to taste like.
Service was hipster and casual, but friendlier and more attentive than usual, so that was nice.
And the music was finally at a decent level so we could carry a conversation.....On the up and up again, and I am very pleased

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The best
By kliedescope of Surrey (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 5, 2009 - 12:39pm [Dine in]

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.

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Going Downhill
By emilyk of Lower Mainland, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 3:15pm [Dine in]

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.

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