Whole Foods offers a large selection of fresh, healthy and organic wraps, prepared salads and salad bar, sandwiches, pizzas, hot buffet items and more.
The new location of Whole Foods Market on 8th and Cambie might have one of the most impressive soup and salad bars in the city. With over a half a dozen soups to choose from, there is something for everyone. However, starting at 4 bucks for a small cup, its certainly not for bargain hunters.
The salad bar is equally impressive with a wide range of choices including items you simply do not see at other run of the mill salad bars: roasted (pulled off the bone) chicken, marinated asparagus, heirloom tomato salad, etc. As you would expect, its priced by weight and again, its not cheap but you can make yourself a very tasty salad.
They also have a coffee bar and an extensive deli which I have yet to try. Definitely recommended for soup and salad lovers though.
I needed one to pay for my lunch. I got a salad from the salad bar, a cookie and a drink and it was $20!!!!! I could go to a nice sit down place and have a glass of wine for that. They used to have shrimp on the salad bar but no more. Really i could make a similar salad at home for much less. I LOVE soup and yet the soup flavours there hae never interested me. The premade blue cheese and candied nut salad with craisins used to be good but I HAVE NO idea what they've done to the nuts. They seem to have some kind of honey on them that totally burn your tongue like acid.
One time I had a premade sandwich that was camboloza cheese and cucumbers on walnut bread. It was super delish but cost $8 something!!!! for a small normal sized sandwich. The burrito bar is okay but also expensive for very cheap ingreients like rice.
Power cookies are good but I THINK i've perfected the recipe at home.
The buffet in this place has really improved visually but the food on offer is still stodge of the more unimaginative order, there is nothing that isn't available elsewhere done better for less money with more attractive seating.
The Pizza is ok if you get it fresh but the Burrito Bar is a horror, just ugly tasteless messes wrapped in stale cold flatbread by clones who have no clue.
The bakery offers nothing original and much of what's on offer looks like it's a throwback to the 70's.
The seating is industrial cafeteria, grubby tables/plastic chairs jammed together noisy cramped uncomfortable.
My favourite Pet Peeve is the condiments-dirty stick bottles of the cheapest stuff they could find.
Did I mention the water machine is always broken-this really sucks IMO.
For the price you'd think they'd make some effort but it's plain this place is in business of turnover think of it as a high priced Uncle Willy's because that's what it is-all the talk about organic/sustainable/love the earth hoo ha is just that it's all about money and you don't get your money's worth from Whole Foods not even close.
Don't bother to complain to Management they couldn't care less and will 'invite you' to send an email to Head Office in the USA that's how poorly this place is run.
I've sent 3 emails requesting for deli items suitable for a paleo lifestyle. Disappointed that I've got no response and no paleo item added. They use a lot of soy, corn and legumes which are cheap fillers and not good for you. And they use canola and other vegetable oils which are bad. GMO. Apparently that is about to change. They will be letting consumers know which are GMO'd.
Otherwise, the quality is good. On my cheat days I buy the sandwich and soup deal. For breakfast I just fill up on bacon because they are light on the scale and good bang for my buck. Be aware these are FARMED pork.
I work nearby and I am usually aware of the deals. That's when I shop. I like that they let you sample before buying and their return policy is very reasonable. Go sample some fresh oysters!
My coworkers calls this place WholePaychek! But if you wait for the values it's worth it.
I buy cakes here because it's a good value for real ingredients. No more Save on Foods' artificial icing or mega expensive pastry shops.
I think they make a killing on their weighted deli/sandwich/ pizza so I avoid that. I avoid anything that has to be weighed except for the bulk items.
A friend asked me to meet her here for lunch.
I opted for the smoked salmon wrap.
Very tasty and filling. One of the better wraps
made in town.
The other deli items look very appetizing.
The place is bright, spacious - I'll make a detour to this place again on my next lunch engagement.
Vegan White Cupcake with Raspberry Frosting was very good.
All natural and organic ingredients used. The texture of cake is denser due to use of vegan shortening. Taste is nice, definitely not too sweet. Good for those without sweet tooth.
Priced at 4 cupcakes for 9.99, which is good in my book for taste, size, and density.
I always go here to make my own salads.. they have two big salad bars.. raw food, hot food, veggie's, fruit, grain's, ect. It has so much selection and everything is so healthy! I LOVE hitting up Whole Foods when I'm in a rush and still want to eat healthy, or even just to get a big salad to take home!!! Yes, it's expensive.. but all organic/natural food is..and they offer hormone/antibiotic free... free range.. organic meat in their salad bar as well as everything else is organic and natural... it is worth it.
Overpriced - check
Poor Quality - check
Dirty - check
If there ever was a place that could make you scratch your head it would be Whole Foods off Cambie St. If you have ever been to a Whole Foods you will know that quite a bit of effort is devoted towards self service buffet/cafeteria eating. Whole Foods off Cambie is no different than any of the other WF locations its just that they execute it so poorly. What defies description is that the Lululemon clad zombies are just eating it up no matter how badly they are being treated for their hard earned buck.
Overpriced - A typical plate of self serve hot food with a portion of salad will cost the average person about 14 bucks. It is quite comical to see a first timer come up to the cashier with a full plate of food and watch as their eyes bulge out of their heads when the bill gets tallied up under $30 bucks for two. You can see the wheels turning in their head thinking how they could have gone somewhere good with service for less. If you eat like a bird then you can keep it under 10 bucks.
Poor Quality - Do you feel good about eating food that looks like it has been out on buffet for 4 or more hours? The food looks absolutely abused, no love has gone into this mass produced crap.
Dirty - The eating area seems to be only cleaned once in a while. You can count on a dirty table. Gross. You have your choice of serving yourself food in a box or a plastic plate. AVOID the plastic plates. I've gone through 7 or 8 plates in a row that had food residue or grease on them. Absolutely ridiculous.
At any rate I'm totally mystified that a place could treat it's customers with such disregard and still be as busy as it is.....signed: just don't get it.
Had a late doctor's appointment up the street and didn't want to cook. Decided to visit Whole foods to get some food to take home. Girl friend was in the mood for some comfort food. We opted for a couple of chicken pot pies, lobster bisque was the soup of the day, some roasted root vegetables, hummus with some pita bread and a carrot cake. The pot pie had very little filling and the pastry tasted like a cookie dough, plain awful. I reheated the soup, I added a little brandy plus some heavy cream and a little salt. Still tasted like nothing, as one of my first Chef's told a cook once, about his soup "it's the right colour" The root vegetables were bland and mushy. Hummus was way below average. The carrot cake was the only thing edible. All this for $60.00. We could of went to a little Asian place got a hot meal for half that and I would have saved myself an hour plus no clean up. We often went to the Whole foods in San Diego and the food was great. This offshoot is both over priced and the food is terrible. Give this location and company a big miss.Service was not very helpful I had asked about Pot pies and told they didn't have any but I stumbled upon them by accident.I wish I had not continued to look. The store itself is laid out well with a very good selection of products from around the world but their prepared food is not worth buying.