Green Cuisine is dedicated to bringing their customers healthy, delicious Vegan food at down to earth prices. They offer a wide array of freshly made items in the self-serve salad bar, hot buffet and dessert bar.
I buy Green Cuisine products (Tofu, Tempeh and Mochi) for my own cooking all the time. They also make Amazake, yum. But when it comes to dining out - with the exception of the occasional soup or chili - I find Green Cuisine's value has slipped in light of all the new restaurants that have opened around it. When filling a plate in this cafeteria style restaurant that charges by weight - you're going to be looking at a $15 meal unless you want a salad without dressing (they weigh condiments as well). I can do better at Cafe Bliss or Mo:Le - an easy saunter across Pandora Street from Market Square. In light of the new competition on the scene, Green Cuisine has done little to reinvent the wheel - but it's still a solid place, and probably the best option in town if you have kids and want to eat out at a healthy restaurant (they have a toy room). It's also a nice place in the summer when there's more activity in Market Square.
For someone like myself, finding good, healthy options when you travel can be a hassle, especially if you are in the company of people who are not vegans or vegetarians themselves. So when I friend back home suggested this place to me, I didn't think twice.
I'm glad I came here, not once, but thrice in the time I was in Victoria. We came for the buffet and it was all self- service. The spicy bbq tempeh was a repeat for me, as well as the lentil patties and chickpeas curry. It was nice to see non-vegetarians buying and eating in this place in the city's Market square. Prices are determined by how much you serve yourself, so choose wisely!
People who do not enjoy vegetarian or vegan food will not like this restaurant. It is the local hang out for the UVIC's Vegan society. You are also sure to meet an array of different sorts of people who go there from artists and hippies to college students and middle aged office workers. The food itself is a little over priced and I often feel heavy after I leave. The key is to target which items are a good deal here. *Their soups, at under 4.00 are generally quite good *their baked goods especially the muffins, I dare you to find better muffins in town than these
We have often eaten at the green cuisine and were never disappointed.
You have to like vegetarian. I go with a friend because my husband has no taste for it.
The buffet has some dishes which are oriental and very good.
I buy "tempeh" in a package to take home because I don't know another place in Victoria who sells it.
The interior is simple and clean but that does not bother us we come for the food.
green cuisine isnt just a restaurant, its a community set in the sweetest spot in victoria - market square.
huge family friendly place. lots of seating and sections so you dont have to sit next to the family (hehehe)
its by weight so a little expensive if you like beets, and i do.
great variety, changes regularly, outstanding deserts, and they sell their basics like tempeh and wheat cutlets at amazing prices. the wheat cutlets are the meateaters answer to chicken and beef. i have impressed many a meat eating friend with the taste and texture of them, and such a great price. stock up whenever you go in.
the vitality vinigarette is my fave. slald greens are cheaper by the 100 grams so its a great item to put on your plate. love that they serve the fries and charge by the bowl as they are heavy but tasty.
their cookbook is a great primer for animal free cooking - my mum even bought two of them and she is a good old fashioned english woman.
I went in here one night because I worked downtown and this was the closest place for me to grab a quick meal...SO I THOUGHT?
I walked in and it lookes like a cafeteria, I was not able to really identify any of the food that was displayed uner the glass display cases because the items had all strange names that only an experienced VEGAN would know anything about. And to my shock, you have to buy everything by the weight..now I don't know about you....but I don't exaclty weigh my food, nor do I know anyone else that does. So this made if very difficult for me to figure out how much of anything to order. All I remember is that the prices were over $3.00 for a hundred grams of whatever was in the bowl.
I am not a Vegan or Vegetarian but I do love vegitables, So I thought how hard could it be to go in here and find something to eat. The girl that worked there was wanting me to order some sort of special Vegan food that I can't remember the name of. Anyhow to eat here you basicaly have to be an expert on the Vegan lifestyle or you will not be able to figure out what to do. I got so confused that I ended up just turning around and walking out.
As far as ambience goes, definately and awkward Wicken vibe to it. Plenty of Paganistic Vibes and senstation, wich a touch of lesbianism lingering in the air.
I won't try it there again.
The food here is always healthy and vegan. Their soups are almost a meal in themselves (not that watery canned stuff commonly sold as soup), the salad ingredients are always fresh and entrees are delicious! I really love the food and it's healthy so you can eat here anytime. Buffet-style pay by weight. They also have the most delicious vegan desserts! The atmosphere could use a make-over but the staff is always friendly and the food gets refilled often, nothing sits too long. There's also a discount bin of food which sometimes has been fresh made earlier in the day. Great place!
While it feels as though you're eating in a cafeteria this isn't a big deal because Green Cuisine is all about the food. Serve yourself at a buffet style counter with a great selection of various vegan dishes and finish off with a delicious dessert. At green cuisine you pay by weight which is a pretty good concept, take what you like and leave the rest for the next guy.
If you want a delicious vegan meal and a chance to meet some of victorias hippy crew stop bye and you wont be displeased.
Let me preface this by pointing out that I'm not a vegan.
Having said that, I do like good and healthy food, and I have had some fantastic vegan and vegetarian food in my life. The food here, however, was pretty disappointing. It was pretty expensive (sold by weight, as mentioned), tasted very bland, and left me feeling unsatisfied. I guess maybe I didn't know what to shovel onto my plate for the best experience, but everything I tried just kind of tasted like wheat crumbs and seeds and unremarkable vegetables. I don't know - maybe a real Vegan would have had a better time of it - but I like dishes with exciting spices or flavours. I didn't find any here - just bland Vegan food that cost way more than I bargained for.
I'd hesitate to bring even my Vegan friends here, except maybe for the atmosphere which some of them might like.
If I didn't just eat the veggies, I probably wouldn't go here. It's a bit pricey for a help-yourself place, but the food has been consistently good when I've gone, lots of selection. At least I don't have to worry about sneaky bits of meat in dishes. The chocolate cake is amazing. For vegan food this is very good. But Dinner usually costs around 20.00 for a small appetite. The good stuff weighs the most it seems.