The Naam is a vegetarian restaurant located in the heart of Vancouver’s Kitsilano district. It is the city’s oldest natural foods restaurant, with over 30 years of cooking tradition.
The food here was acceptable but certainly not exceptional. If you are craving fairly bland, fairly cheap, veggie food in a very budgie-like atmosphere you might like it here. I'm not likely to crave their food , but it's o.k. once in a while. The service was just o.k. too. Let's face it though, there are not a lot of restaurants around devoted entirely to vegetarian cuisine, so in that respect it is kinda' special. In general, a fair to good experience.
Maybe vegetarianism is not so big in Vancouver, but some of your reviewers do not appreciate the treasure that the Naam is. The food is excellent, not haute cuisine, but definitely medicine food. It is affordable and the staff are friendly but not fawning. I guess the menu might be a little intimidating to non-veggies, but for me it is heaven. I know it may sound a little soppy but it is a large part of the tapestry which draws me and my partner to Vancouver and in particular Kitsilano each year. Maybe it’s just us, but even queuing up can be fun. I have seen people becoming impatient, but the Naam definitely adheres to the values of the slow food movement, if not exactly by design. It is funny just sitting in the restaurant and people-watching. There are definitely people who, like me love every bit of it and those for whom it just doesn’t work. Like the way Tofino exists on ‘Tofino Time’, The Naam requires of you the ability to relax into its space. If you are a veggie, then I cannot commend the Naam highly enough – and you might fall in love with it like we did.
What I'm getting from most reviewers on this page is that they're probably people in a rush, who are on lunch breaks or heading out for dinner with the idea that they'd like to go to a vegetarian Milestones. Veggie Milestones it is not- the Naam, like most vegetarian restaurants in the city such as The Foundation or almost anything you'll find on Commerical Drive, is a casual, laid-back place. This kind of environment is ideal for slow service, understaffing, and occasional mix-ups with orders. However with that comes quality food, good value and a fun atmosphere.
The Naam is good for a dinner out with friends, where you can chill out, listen to some live music and not stress if the waiter is a little slow to take your order. The point is it's a *good time*. I've been going here for years and I would definitely recommend it, the food is creative and delicious, the portions are great and you never leave hungry!!
I go here occasionally to have the dragon bowl (which is rather overpriced) but is the only restaurant open around the perimeter. Service a bit too laid back for my taste but the dragon bowls make up for it. I suggest the quesadillas for the first timers.
I'll go there on occasion for the nam burger. It's something ive learned to enjoy over the years. I can't say there's anything else ill buy there because i dont have enough faith in them to make it right. The fries, naam burger and poppyseed dressing make it alright. But really, if i want average food I'll go to sophies. The milkshakes are disapointing. It's kind of like what youd make at home with frozen fruit and in a small glass, except for $5.
Consistently good yes; Outstanding no.
I have been a regular at the Naam for over 20 years. Whenever you are sick of toxic food, a respite at the Naam is in order. Generous portions, fresh fixins and a totally laid back atmosphere. You'll leave feeling satisfied and like you've done your body good. Don't eat here if you're in a hurry though. The service has never been a selling point. Wait staff are nice enough, but usually spaced out , sometimes entertainingly so, sometimes infuriatingly so. You need to be assertive to make sure you get what you want. This is NOT a place for type A personality diners-they're probably not vegetarian anyway. But if you want great real healthy food and you're not uptight and can enjoy the creative, anarchic chaos of the place, by all means go and enjoy!
Naam is sort of a vested appendage from vegetarian restaurants of old. It desperately needs an updated menu, a reduction in grease (most dishes are fried or lots and lots of oil and sugar are in them).
Being a vegetarian is often about being healthy. Naam seems to mostly cater to either non-vegetarians looking to try it for a kick or to older consumers who don't care so much that most dishes are not exactly healthy.
Yams coated in oil and then baked or fried, smothered in a mayonaise based miso dressing is certainly not something that anyone should injest.
Of course as everyone knows their attitude is quite poor and service is slow and rude.
There are many newer Vegetarian restaurants that are much better choices then this 'old bird'....
The Naam has great food and it is definately a unique restaurant. Love the soy blueberry milkshake. Unforturnatly I rarely go there due to the service. The waiters seem like they've been working a full 24hr shift because they are 'spacey' and need to be reminded about getting your food/ bill more than a couple of times. It is not a place to go to if u want a 'quick bite'.
Big portions, price is great. Nice atmoshpere. In my opinon stay away from the asian vegetarian dishes, western dishes, veggie burgers etc... are much better. It is a very cozy comfortable place and you can easily find an hour or more has passed.
I'm a vegetarian and am not a fan of this veggie friendly restaurant. Firstly, there is ALWAYS a line outside and it seems never enough staff working. The food is constantly covered in sprouts and other grass-like things that I couldn't even correctly identify. The gravy is particularly vile. The decor is alright - hippie and relaxed with lots of plants. The patio in the summer is particularly nice however. The food is "ok" at best. I really wish this place lives up to its reputation - but it doesn't not at all. People only go there because it is open 24/7 and is some sort of veggie-hipster-hang out where they can all mingle together, feel "cool" and discuss all things vegan. You often wait a while to be served - I repeat - hire more servers please! And re-vamp your menu - I don't need to search through sprouts and unidentifiable weeds to get to my food.