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Declared as one of Canada’s 10 Best New Restaurants on several lists when it was established in 2014, the Acorn is an absolute delight to dine at. Touted as the next big thing that has hit the vegetarian dining scene in Vancouver, the place offers a stylish menu that will surely attract vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. They also have a brunch menu that has proven to be quite a hit among its regular patrons. Apart from the food, another thing that really makes a mark here are their signature cocktails.
Heirloom Vegetarian has gained critical acclaim in the media as one of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Canada. This restaurant believes in fair trade practices and only uses organic ingredients in its cuisine. It offers brunch, lunch and dinner and its menu includes dishes like Miso Brasca, Polenta Yam Fries, Root Veg Nacho Grande, Taco Salad, Soba Green Curry and West Indian Skillet. Your meal is complemented by cocktails like Daiquiri, the Prosecco and pink grapefruit-infused Orchid, and The Bourbon with honey.
This Southeast Asian inspired eatery sources its ingredients from neighboring Chinatown, adding a flair of authenticity to the place. Slurp up Indonesian peanut noodles served with charred eggplant, shiitake mushrooms, bean sprouts and peanut sauce or opt for a traditional bahn mi with crispy pork belly or the vegetarian option, fried tofu. While dishes remain updated classics, the eatery itself feels more like a modern diner with grey subway tiles, bar top seating, stools, and concrete columns.
Inspired by the Beirut of the 1940s—when it was considered the "Paris of the Middle East"- Nuba offers some of the best ethnic eats around. Their crispy cauliflower tossed with lemon and sea salt made Vancouver Magazine's list of "101 Things to Eat Before you Die", and the vegetarian dishes are particularly noteworthy. Try a trio of Mediterranean dips with fresh pita—tzatziki, hummus, and eggplant dip—before moving on to heartier fare like the lamb kafta or the chicken tawook: local chicken marinated in Middle Eastern Spices. The Turkish coffee tiramisu is a standout choice for dessert. Nuba is also open for breakfast.
Cafe Deux Soleils is popular with the local residents as a family joint. There are special tables laid out for children where they can play or put pieces of a puzzle together as they munch on their meal. The eatery is popular for its vegetarian preparations and brunches among other delicacies. Sip on a coffee as you attend a storytelling session or explore new poems at their literary do. The cafe regularly plays host to a hoard of live gigs ranging from acoustic, folk, pop, Latin and other genres. The slow service is compensated for by the friendly staff and modest fare. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.
If a vegetarian could spend eternity in Utopia, he or she would probably live at The Naam. Opened in 1968, this homey place in Kitsilano features live music, a private patio, and an extensive, healthy menu. Fulfill your veggie fantasies with items like Popeye Pita Pizza, complete with spinach, onions, feta and mushrooms. Sample ethnic specialties or old standards like veggie and tofu burgers. This hugely popular eatery does not accept reservations, so make sure you get there well before time.
A vegetarian's delight, the Paradise Vegetarian Noodle House in Burnabys is a perfect place to enjoy some healthy Vietnamese food. The menu has a number of vegan meat and fish options along and is heavily biased towards pho or noodle dishes, as suggested by the name. Their hotpots and appetizer sections are, however, equally popular among diners. You can also go for one of their combo meals and optimize your budget.