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Naam, The

2724 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6K1R1
Tel: (604) 738-7151
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano

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So delicious it almost broke me!
By scholar of Duncan, BC (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 8:39pm [Dine in]

When I lived in Vancouver and found the Naam, I knew everything would be ok.

What happened next was seemingly endless trips for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night snacks (they're open 24 hours!). One night, we got the last bus from downtown to Kits, at at the Naam and then walked home.

One of our binges lasted for several weeks. We spent over $3000 there on blueberry milk shakes, fries with miso gravy, Thai noodles, grilled cheese sandwiches, buckwheat pancakes, and on and on...

Always left full and satiated. Highly recommend.

Post Script: If you get queebed out around hippies you should probably stay away.

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Questionable staple
By bradbeattie of Downtown, Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 25, 2009 - 6:31pm [Dine in]

I'm still curious as to why the Naam is so popular. The food is okay, but not great. The atmosphere is cozy, but cramped. The service is just sub-par. *shrugs*

It provides a reasonable amount of variety in the vegetarian category, I suppose. Still, I've never really left the Naam thinking "I'm glad I just ate there".

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Good, but just don't go too often
By yahzick of vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 25, 2009 - 11:03am [Dine in]

The first time i went to Naam i was pleasantly surprised, I ordered a bowl and it was quite good and filled with veggies, the sauce i chose complimented the bowl nicely and the portions were bigger than i thought. And the friendly vibe of the place with the live music is nice. It was good enough that i went again about a week later...

This time I ordered something else and so did the rest of my family, but unfortunately it all tasted the same. Comparing one of our bowls with the Thai noodles, we could obviously see that most of the ingredients were the same. Along with that we could taste that the sauce for one of our dishes was the same as the one in the bowl we had previously. If we hadn't been there so recently it would have been more enjoyable, the food was still good, just not different.

Like many veggie restaurants, the Naam uses many of the same things to create different dishes, but many of their dishes are pretty delicious. So i'd say the Naam is a pretty good vegetarian restaurant to frequent, just make sure not to frequent too often or else you'll get bored.

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Yummy and Healthy
By foodiejunkie of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 11:54pm [Dine in]

I've been to Naam at least 3 times. The food is super delicious for Vegetarian. Very healthy. They have great salads and so many varieties! The service is great. However, if you're hungry, you may want to go somewhere else because typically you have to wait 20mins at the door. Once you're seated, you have to wait another half an hour or more before the food arrives. This place is ALWAYS packed and is definitely worth the wait. Again, just don't be too hungry when you arrive and anticipate that you'll have a long wait time.

Almost everything on the menu is delicious. They have different foods for breakfast and lunch. I don't know if this place is good for dinner but definitely awesome for brunch and breakfast! Healthy and hearty!

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Blanc food with delay
By topvanchef of kitslilano,vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 12:58am [Dine in]

Being a vegetarian i always wanted to visit naam , i heard a lot. so i went when i was very hungry for lunch , arround 3.30 pm , but i have to wait for 15 min b4 get seat ,
but waitress was very polite and said we are very busy. menu was big and lots of dishes, but i ordered a pizza and my friend some noodles, it took 15 mins to give orders , had to look her but server was really busy. after order it took 30 min plus to get food. but pizza was big and filling , could have more flavor, still it was nice and hot. i think knife need to be change because i could not cut my pizza slice with the knife provided , may be safty knife ,
all the time server was running and doing all work very effectively, well done , may be they need more staff , its obvious ,
but not keen to go again , too much time for normal food

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Poor service and unprofessional staff
By Turtledove of Westend, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, April 20, 2009 - 3:52pm [Dine in]

Went to Naam a little before midnight April 19. Waited 15 minutes before the waiter took our order. We waited for a long time. My daughter went to ask the waiter at the counter, when would the food be coming. (just a very normal question). Half a minute later, the same waiter marched toward me at the table and talked down to us that the order was taken only 24 minutes ago, they were very busy with all the people coming to the restaurant from Leonard Cohen concert. Asked the other waitress if the waiter was manager or owner, she just kept repeating that they were very busy. Well, clearly too busy for my business. Too bad, the food is decent, I I will not go there again.

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fun and tasty, if you have alot of time
By havear of victoria (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 6, 2009 - 2:46pm [Dine in]

it's always fun coming here when you have at least two hours to kill. it's not their fault that there's always a line up out the door; i've actually come to enjoy the wait, getting hungrier and excited for the food. the selection is good and they even have a binder full of every ingredient in every single dish, great for those of us with food allergies.
the service has been really bad every time, but once or twice, and i've gone tens of tens of times. the last time i was there, the service was incredible though! we couldn't believe this guy, he was so great. i think we tipped him double just because the standard there is so low to start with.
so yes, go there, it's fun and the food is pretty good, but don't make strict plans around the timing of your meal.

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Substantial vegetarian food
By berry of kitsilano (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 7:22pm [Dine in]

The portions are decent and the food is really filling! Their dishes have a lot of beans, cheese, root vegetables, and firm tofu. I know that doesn't sound appetizing but it's actually pretty flavorful and tasty.
I do have to complain about the servers' dirty clothes though - stains on their jeans and t-shirts... made me lose my appetite. Maybe the granola-types that frequent there don't mind but I do! I'll go again but if I see dirty clothes, I won't stay.

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So not kids friendly and bad service!
By Naab of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 5, 2009 - 1:19am [Dine in]

To be honest, I was disappointed by my first experience at Naam and this after having heard good comments about it!

First of all, I don't understand why this restaurant says that they are kids friendly?! The only thing I noticed was that they had high chairs! Big deal....If every restaurant with high chair could call themselves "kids friendly" restaurant, imagine what it would be like!
So if you are thinking of bringing kids, think twice and take claims of family friendliness with a grain of salt!

Secondly, the service was not good. As a matter of fact, the waiter we had was so impatient, irritable and made us (my friends, family and I) feel bad. We felt pressured to sit down and order as fast as possible while we were still waiting for some friends to join us. Not only that, the other waitress who did not say a word to us, still managed to make us feel she was bothered.

Thirdly, the place is so packed that there is barely enough space for kids to move around without hitting themselves. In addition, I should say that the Naam is not a good place for groups of more than 4-5 people because you can not reserve, and coming earlier does not guaranty that you all seat together, although we were told otherwise on the phone.

Finally, it was impossible to enjoy their fairly good food under these circumstances. Well too bad for them because they just lost a decent bunch of customers!

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By BJD of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 30, 2008 - 1:01pm [Dine in]

1. Food rating = it is bland, my fries had no gravy.

2. Value = for a pile of sprouts and shredded carrots, that is not a salad. It took up all the plate. Hardly worth the 12.95 for the platter.

3. The restaurant needs an over haul. There are ants on the patio. The washroom was a disgrace. The bench we seated on was falling apart and splintering.

4. SERVICE is non-existent. On the hottest day of June, we did not get water after we got our meal. 30+ minutes later we had to ask TWICE to have our bill and leftover packed, at which time we were called as*holes by the busgirl who claimed they were too busy and we'd have to wait even longer.

There were empty tables, no line up at the door, hardly busy at all. We've been there many many times, we've seen it busy.

During the 30 minutes we waited to be helped, we witnessed the busgirl clean another table which remained empty after, the water girl seat a table and take drink orders from another, we saw our server take meal orders, bring a menu and deliver a drink to another table. Not once did they come to our table during all that to clear our dishes, or bring more water.

The busgirl then told us that is we didn't like it to never come there again.

We suggested she should be fired for rudeness.

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Worst breakfast experience ever...
By Stezo of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 10:29am [Dine in]

TERRIBLE FOOD AND VERY RUDE STAFF.

As a Kits resident, I have been to The Naam several times before. Over the past year especially, I have noticed a steady decline in quality and service. This past Sunday morning was the final straw and a total deal breaker.

I showed up at 9:30am and of course it was packed. Due to the number of people, I can live with the 35 minutes it took for our breakfast to arrive. I do like the atmosphere, so it was fine.

What was not so fine...? When the breakfast did arrive, it was stone cold. I called the waiter over and she took the plates away without saying a single word. Again, without a word, the plates came back literally one minute later and they were piping hot. They had MICROWAVED it!!! To make things worse they now had my HALF-EATEN sausage on my girlfriend's plate and they also had the toast switched. I called the waitress on it and she admitted that they had been MICROWAVED. What kind of restaurant does this...? This an atrocious approach to food prep. I cannot understand why this place is still so popular. West Kits is in desperate need of a real breakfast spot like Slickety Jims.... Someone please help us.!!!

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Unimpressed
By MeeMee of Burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 19, 2008 - 11:02am [Dine in]

I have been several times, and I've always been unimpressed. The reason I've been a few times is because I keep hoping I will like it. I feel like there aren't many vegetarian choices, so I've given this place a good shot. But I won't go back.

The food is bland and boring. Just because I'm a vegetarian, I shouldn't have to settle for boring food. I make great food at home, so I know it's possible to make delicious vegetarian food!

I've experienced terrible service here. Once I walked out because it was so bad. To be fair, that was 2 years ago, so I don't know what the situation is like now. The experience was so bad, that I am just not prepared to go back.

The only way I would ever go here again is if there was a change of management, staff, and a complete menu re-write.

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Relaxed atmosphere, consistent food
By tuesday of Kitsilano, Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 3:55am [Dine in]

Like many folks have already said, the service is consistently wanting, but the food is consistently pretty decent. It can take a long time to get a table and the menu and your food are sort of plunked down without ceremony. However, if you have good company and are in the mood for a tasty veggie-friendly meal with a little live music, stop by.

THE FOOD ITSELF:
The Dragon bowl is great, quite filling, and I love the Naam salad dressing. Also, the chocolate raspberry cake is a vegan miracle. A good selection of beer on tap and the relaxed atmosphere makes the Naam a casual favourite.

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Great Food!
By aleem of Ireland (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 4:05am [Dine in]

Oh come on people, we know there are long lines and the service isn't great, but the food is fantastic, and I am not a veggie! The avacado enchaladas, budah's feast, dragon bowl are all awesome and the miso gravy OMG so good! I know the decor is nothing to write home about, but they are trying to keep it the way it has always been and I think if they changed it, it just wouldnt be the same!!! So everyone just get over your selves and find your inner hippie!!!!

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Tofu, tofu, and more tofu
By Kiraly of False Creek, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, December 16, 2007 - 1:56am [Dine in]

50 things on the menu, 50 of them made with tofu. Hey, cooks: This might come as a surprise but there are vegetarian dishes that are not made from tofu. Add a handful of non-tofu-based dishes (ever heard of lentils?) and I might consider returning.

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nice place to sit - not sure about eating there
By kumquat of Kitsilano (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 22, 2007 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

My first experience with The Naam was a breakfast meal. I can't recall much except we were happy there was a restaurant open so late. The food was passable, nothing stunning.

My second experience involved the plastic wrapper from the tofo package in their version of "Pad Thai". I pointed it out to them and they didn't offer to replace it, or to cover the cost of it or anything.

My third and final experience was when I took my family there. They felt it was overpriced,and poorly done. I had to agree.

I am not sure why they have all those awards. It is a great concept, but poorly executed.

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Busy place, great food
By mike777 of Ontario (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

While on vacation in August 2008, I had a chance to eat at the Naam a few times. It can be pretty busy at times, but overall the service was quite good considering. I loved all the vegan dishes I tried--their tofu was delicious. I'll definitely visit again.

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Lack severely on service
By etniko of Coal Harbour (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 29, 2007 - 12:56pm [Dine in]

I liked the hippie/retro environtment, but the service, OMG!
We were seated and tossed the menus on the table and then we were waiting forever to get the orders taken, and not only that, the waiter was a numb guy with this non-higienic trashy look that will scare you, (I don't know if was on purpose or he just woke up).

Warning: You won't get any help from the waiters at all so don't even bother to ask, because the answer that I got was "everything is explained on the menu".

The food isn't bad. I order the Sam's Five Stars burger and it was good, a lot of nice stuff on it. The mocha is better than other places and the regular size is enough. Very good prices as well.

But what a bad service!

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hit and miss
By geoffbil of new westminster (24 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 3:45am [Dine in]

I've been going to the Naam for a few years now. Once in awhile, the food, service and general experience are all as good as they can be, but usually something is lacking. I've had perfect salads and salads with leaves that are for the most part rotten (there's not excuse for this at a veggie restaurant!). I've had snobby service that made me angry and really good service that warranted a hefty tip. My most consistent complaint, however, is the environment: It's frequently a tad too loud and crowded in there for my liking and, if you can't choose your company at any restaurant, for some reason there are a lot of inconsiderate Naam customers out there. The menu is an excellent introduction to veggie food, but I'd like some more consistency and a better overall experience.

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Express service at the Naam?
By Badsamaritan of North Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 3, 2006 - 12:55pm [Dine in]

The Naam is an old favourite, but I am usually prepared to get in a quick order for sesame fries (with mandatory miso gravy) and settle in for a long, long wait.

Friday, December 1st, we were impressed with quick, efficient and attentive service!

The food was as great (Thai noodles and a Buddah bowl) and piping hot!

Did I say the service was fast?

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