Archive for April, 2008


The Naam (Vancouver, West 4th Ave)

The Naam (web site, 2724 W. 4th Ave. Vancouver BC Canada, phone: 604-738-7151) is a full service vegetarian restaurant that is open 24 hours and is popular for inventive organic and natural foods dishes. The Naam has won the “Best Vegetarian Restaurant” award for the last ten years in the Georgia Straight Magazine’s Golden Plate Awards (Reader’s Choice).

The Naam serves breakfast from 6am until 11:30 am on weekdays (and until 1:00pm on Saturday and 2:00pm on Sunday). I enjoyed the “Naam Special Breakfast” (pictured below, $9.50) which is two eggs any style, two whole wheat pancakes, veggie sausages or “Sam’s strips” (a kind of veggie patty) and home made potato fries. Yum!

For lunch and dinner, the restaurant serves tasty creations such as enchiladas, burritos, burger platters, curry, rice bowls, and wok dishes.

The Naam also features live music (mostly folk, jazz, and blues) from 7pm to 10pm every evening. Check out their web site for the upcoming schedule.

Video from the Naam:

The Naam restaurant for breakfast in Vancouver

“Naam Special Breakfast” ($9.50) – two free range eggs any style (pictured above, scrambled), two whole wheat pancakes and syrup, veggie sausages, and home made potato fries (which were very delicious, and totally not greasy!)

18,762 views - Posted Sunday, April 20th, 2008


Ben Z Noodle House (Part 2)

Ben Z Noodle House (map, 536 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC, Canada, phone: 604-688-8385) offers tasty Vietnamese cuisine such as Pho noodle soup, spring rolls, salad rolls, curry, and meat skewers. It’s located in downtown Vancouver within walking distance of Canada Place, the Pan Pacific Hotel, and Vancouver ‘s cruise ship terminal. It’s also close to the Granville Street Skytrain station and the Four Seasons Hotel. The restaurant’s menu has lots of pictures, making ordering easy even for those who are not so familiar with Vietnamese cuisine. The atmosphere is casual and the service is quite efficient. Prices are reasonable with most dishes under $10.

See Part 1 for more photos and info.

Vietnamese dinner - bbq meatballs, spring rolls, salad rolls, vermicelli noodles, and peanut. Yum!
Combo A (around $9.95) – Vietnamese Spring Rolls and Salad Roll, Vermicelli noodles, and Vietnamese BBQ meat balls.

9,267 views - Posted Friday, April 11th, 2008


The Foundation (Main Street)

The Foundation (2301 Main, Vancouver, BC, Canada, phone: 604-708-0881) is a funky vegetarian restaurant with retro decor and a liberal, activist vibe. Popular dishes include the nachos, salads, and pasta. Pictured below is my Mango Forte pasta ($9.75) which was an inventive dish that combined rotini pasta with a sweet dressing, fresh stir-fried vegetables, mango, and spinach salad, sprinkled with fresh Parmesan cheese.

Many people discuss The Foundation on (click here for review link). Bexby Jones, a reviewer, writes:

It’s not really a place to bring a date (unless your date is an outdoorsy vegan hippy/ skateboarder musician type) and I probably wouldn’t go here for business dinners. But it’s great for friends/ boyfriends/ girlfriends, no matter who you are. The food is definitely comfort food. The rice/ quinoa dishes are rich and saucy with nuts and raisins and things in them. They kind of remind me of stuff my vegetarian hippy mom would make me (if I had one). The salads are tasty. My favourite dish by far is the nachos. For just $8 you get a platter of nachos with corn and beans, and amazing salsa/sour cream, that can fill two people. At night it’s a great place to come for candlelight & wine. They’re open late, too. Sun-Thurs till 1am and Fri/Sat till 2am (but they stop serving drinks at 1am).

Mango madness pasta (around $7)
Mango Forte pasta ($9.75)

19,902 views - Posted Tuesday, April 8th, 2008