Nine tasty vegan eats from Vancouver restaurants

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Welcome to Veg Coast, a guide to vegan food and culture in and around Vancouver (the one in British Columbia, Canada). Stay tuned for animal-friendly, cruelty-free coverage of the tastiest bites and latest happenings. We’ll try to keep the bad puns to a minimum.

So let’s get this shiitake started. Here’s a look at nine delicious vegan options—all free of meat, fish, dairy, eggs, and honey—served at restaurants in Vancouver, in no particular order.

1. Banh mi

Chau Veggiexpress at 5052 Victoria Drive

Chau Veggiexpress at 5052 Victoria Drive. (Stephen Hui)

At least something delicious came out of French colonialism in Vietnam ($4.50).

2. Cake trio

Indigo Food Café at 2589 West 16th Avenue

Indigo Food Café at 2589 West 16th Avenue. (Stephen Hui)

Can’t choose between the raw cheesecake, coconut cream pie, and ganache? Get all three on one plate ($9).

3. Wild and foraged mushrooms

Heirloom at 1509 West 12th Avenue

Heirloom at 1509 West 12th Avenue. (Stephen Hui)

This heavenly dish at Vancouver’s newest and largest vegetarian restaurant will have you contemplating a fungi-based diet ($13).

4. Deep-fried sesame balls

3G Vegetarian Restaurant at 3424 Cambie Street

3G Vegetarian Restaurant at 3424 Cambie Street. (Stephen Hui)

It’s worth stopping at one order of these balls of deliciousness ($3.50), because there’s 21 other kinds of dim sum on the menu.

5. Vegan Henry burrito

Budgie's Burritos at 44 Kingsway

Budgie’s Burritos at 44 Kingsway. (Stephen Hui)

Guacamole takes the place of dairy in the vegan version of this Tofurkey sausage wrap ($7 for 10 inches, $8 for 12 inches). The only downside: some of it is probably going to end up on your pants.

6. Berry Supreme smoothie

OrganicLives at 1829 Quebec Street (temporarily closed) and 451 Granville Street

OrganicLives at 1829 Quebec Street (temporarily closed) and 451 Granville Street. (Stephen Hui)

A thick blend of blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, and blackberry, it’s berry fruity ($8).

7. Bun bi chay (vegetarian shredded pork vermicelli)

Three Jewels at 1179 Commercial Drive

Three Jewels at 1179 Commercial Drive. (Stephen Hui)

It’s one of the best lunches you’ll find on the Drive ($6.99).

8. Pan-fried turnip cake

Po Kong Vegetarian Restaurant at 1334 Kingsway

Po Kong Vegetarian Restaurant at 1334 Kingsway. (Stephen Hui)

One order of lo bak go is never enough ($2.50).

9. Crispy Chick’n burger

Loving Hut Express at Pacific Boulevard and Davie Street

Loving Hut Express at Pacific Boulevard and Davie Street. (Stephen Hui)

Sure, Loving Hut Express is a food truck, not a restaurant. It just happens to make the most flavour-packed veggie burger in the city ($8).

10 thoughts on “Nine tasty vegan eats from Vancouver restaurants

      • How could you forget The Black Lodge! Vegan Sliders, amazing salads, vegan poutine with gravy so delicious it has worked it’s way into my dreams…. enough gluten free items to make a celiac giddy…. As you can see, I am in love with the Black Lodge.

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