I supplemented our poutine from the counter over with a shawarma here. They ran out of lamb (special of the day) but the fellow there assured me the chicken was a good option. My gut said go with it. Neatly assembled and wrapped before going into the press for a few minutes which I don't see too often. While the chicken was a touch on the dry side it did have great flavour with a crispy, salty, slightly-charred bits on the outside chicken pieces. To make things simple everything was loaded up (sans hot sauce) and whatever dressing that was squirted in provided a nice, rich compliment - if it wasn't tahini or tahini based, it was something akin.
Again, the space is nothing special at all. I surmise it's mostly a takeout affair.
Service was sufficient. Counterperson was friendly but if he's the lone person dealing with cash and food, I'd hate to see how it is when there's a lineup.
Meat wrapped up in bread is always a good choice and Taste of Paradise seemed to fit the bill.
Took the kids to Commercial Drive for lunch.
I decided to come here because I had a craving for Mid Eastern food, but I know that my two children will always eat pepperoni pizza and might be fussy if given something new.
This particular spot has an unusual set up. There is a common seating area - but there are at least two food establishments. I ordered the pizza and a pop from the right hand side, where the left side was another counter, where one ordered the Middle Eastern food. My food review will focus on the Middle Eastern food.
I ordered a Paradise Platter. It contained chicken, a ground beef item, dolmades, humus, green salad, tabulah salad, and pita. I also ordered some sort of malted mango pop (which appeared to be from the mid -East). The price (with tax) was $13 and change.
The food was good. I found some pieces of chicken a tiny bit dry, but it was overall flavourful. The dolmades were okay - they were vegetarian and tasty enough - they seemed to be the canned variety. I actually make dolmades from scratch and the homemade ones are less oily - but these were certainly passable. The ground meat piece was a bit dry - I think that I will ask the server to sub this item if I visit in the future. The humus was tasty. I really liked the two salads. They were fresh, tasty and provided nice balance to the meal. I have ordered combo plates from other Mid East eateries and my plate is usually loaded with rice. There was no rice on this plate - but lots of salad. The server offered a nice, big piece of pita to go with it - this made up the simple starch portion of the meal and was good for scooping up the items on the plate.
I found the malted mango drink a good accompaniment to the meal.
I give the Ambiance one star because I found the music loud and out-of-place. The seating area was pretty basic and there were not many seats, but there is enough room to navigate a stroller and park the stroller beside the table. The washrooms lacked both soap and paper towels (which I brougth to the attention of a staff member who appeared to attend to it right away).
I would go again if in area - I would just bring my hand sanitizer and some supplies from my diaper bag to make up for any supply shortfall in the washroom and make a simple substitution on my order.
Mrs. C and I were on the Drive and craving food. We spotted this place and it caught our interest. There are actually 3 food stands within the same space offering Lebanese, pizza, and cafe fare. We both decided to go with the chicken shawarma at the Lebanese stand, and my beloved dining companion added lentil soup to her order. The shawarmas were big, fresh, and full of ingredients. They tasted great, and they were not terribly expensive. As for the lentil soup, it was spicy and tasty. Service was friendly and fast, and the staff were all quite chatty. The only complaints were that it could be a little cleaner, and the place was a real magnet for street riffraff. That detracted from the experience. Otherwise a great spot to get your shawarma on.
Recommended for takeout.
This place is a bit confusing as noted before. It's almost like a mini-food court as there's more than 1 "restaurant" in that space.
Nothing special about the interior here, like I said, pretty much like a food court. No style, expectedly grungy. We opted for take-out because at the time, there was 1 customer in there and boy, did he ever SMELL.
Proprietors seem like nice people, not exactly the most efficient workers but I trust 'em to do their best.
So then, the food. We had their special plate and a veggie plate (which is almost the same thing). Considering only a few set items and most of it is pre-prepared, it took strangely long time to get it to us. The picture showed dolmathes in the combo, but when we got home, we realized neither of the plates had it, mistake? Or minor change in the menu?
Anyways, I thought the food was pretty decent. Not the greatest I've had, but given the place, location, price, I think it met expectations. If I were on the Drive and had a craving, I might go back. Or maybe try the other places. As for the "all-you-can-eat", let's just say the combo's we had left us very anyways, so I'm not sure the extra $1 or so will buy you that much unless you have a really big appetite.
I had the falafel wrap for $3.99!! What a deal!!! She made them fresh! In the wrap, hummus was slathered on one side, then a bit of chopped iceberg lettuce, slices of tomato, big scoop of parsely mixture (I asked for extra!!!), then the falafels (3 in total), the yummy sauce and hot sauce and a dollop of tzatziki. After it was wrapped and it was warmed up in a grill. The best wrap I've had in a long, long time! And so filling! All for $3.99! I can't wait to go back!
The lady behind the counter was very, very nice but a tad slow! I can't imagine what it would be like if there was a crowd. Thank goodnesss I piped up when I saw her making falafels, that I was going to have the wrap too!! Or it would have been another 10 minute wait!!!
Value - $3.99 for the wrap!! The other food look great too and decently priced.
Ambiance - not much to say. This place shares space with a pizza joint. There were approximately 6-8 tables but not a place to take a date!
Yes, I definitely recommend this place!!! Did I mention that the wrap is $3.99???
Taste of Paradise has the best falafel in Vancouver beyond a shadow of a doubt. The only place that comes close is Nuba, and they are a lot more expensive and not quite as good. The big secret ? Fresh fried, every time. So crunchy and tasty...perfect ! Really green too, with lots of nice herbs inside. The other bland, brown, reheated soggy sandwiches will pale in comparison.
The service is good, and good prices too. The ambiance is nothing special, and the only detriment. I prefer take out.
Take this from a guy who has sampled falafels all across Vancouver for the last 6 years: Taste of Paradise has the best ones. I drove from the West End to Commercial Drive couple nights ago solely for these falafels, and I'd do it again at the drop of a dime.
P.S. I've only ever tried their falafel, but I hear their other food is pretty good too.
We stumbled across this resteraunt while walking down the Drive. They advertised buffet for $7.99 so we stopped in to see what was included. It is not the type of buffet where you help yourself, the owners kindly showed us what food they had an then they served it up for us. We started with green salad with excellent home made dressing, hummus, baba ghanouj, tabbouleh and pita...all generous portions and very tasty!! That alone was worth the 7.99 They then brought us a huge plate of hot food, which was an assortment of many different dishes. There was chicken, rice, beef, veggies...all large tasty portions.
The owners were very friendly and it overall it was good home made food. The place is very small, nothing fancy...so don't judge a book by its cover; otherwise, you will miss out on a good meal! If I was to rate one bad thing, it was the rice...you could tell it had sat there for a while...but I usually don't even eat rice, so it definately wasn't an issue for me. Oh, we didn't have second helpings as the first portion was more than enough to fill us up...and we were hungry!!
This place has the best falafel in all of Vancouver. He cooks it hot and fresh when you order, none of that microwave soggy tasteless falafel you get in other places. Its crunchy, spicy and really tasty.
The ambiance is not much, but it is the best Lebanese food in all of Vancouver.
Here is a tip for those that might want to visit him: DO NOT LOOK AT THE PICTURES THEY HAVE ON THE BOARD WHEN YOU ORDER. The pictures look NOTHING like what you get and what you get is WAYYYYY BETTER than what the food looks like on the pictures. It is the opposite of McDonalds or other fast food places whose pictures look nothing like what you get.
Another tip: You can ask him to put whatever you want on the plate: Want some falafel with chicken together, just ask him. Want a little of everything, just ask and he will put it there, a huge serving, $7.99 or $8.99.
Warning: Do not go there for a hot date, its a weird setup they have. But the food is fantastic.
I haven't tried much of the menu, because I always want the falafel. The falafel is always fried fresh right when you order it. Without a doubt, the best falafel I have ever had (and I have had a lot).
This isn't really a restaurant and there are no servers (you just order at the counter) so that is why I put a score of 3 for the service. The lady at the counter is actually really nice and helpful though.