Vancouver’s food scene is slowly becoming more diverse, with more restaurants opening up accommodating to all sorts of diets, allergies, and preferences. With that, vegans around Vancouver are finding new options for eating out! Gone are the days of ordering a salad without dressing, opting for a side of fries instead of a meal, or eating at home before going out, knowing that there would be nothing to order at restaurant you’re going to. But with all of these new options, picking which restaurant to go to next can be a struggle- here are CCM Mika’s top 3 vegan restaurant picks!
1. Panz Veggie
With decadent flavours an extensive menu, Panz Veggie hits the spot for chinese food cravings. The menu has something for everyone, and the large portions are perfect for a family style meal. Owner Livia is always happy to share her secrets, like where she gets her delicious soy nuggets, and the best egg alternatives! My favourites: wonton soup and eggplant hotpot- yum!
The next level up from the famous Vancouver food truck Chickpea, owners Rotem and Itemar opened up the restaurant of the same name in the summer of 2017. Drawing inspiration (and names) from classic Israeli and mediterranean cuisine, Chickpea puts a plant-based twist on popular dishes that are sure to leave you absolutely full and satisfied. I especially appreciate that the vegetables in the meals are celebrated as just that- vegetables. Their flavours stand out- they’re not cooked to taste like meat- and are made into such comforting meals. We knew right away that their pitas weren’t from Vancouver- they are perfectly fluffy and brought in from an Israeli bakery in Ontario. My top picks: A sabich (the ‘ch’ is pronounced like a hard ‘h’) hummus platter to share with a friend, or the malawach wrap for brunch!
3. Virtuous Pie
Definitely a big name in the vegan scene, Virtuous Pie continues to prove it’s not just a pizza place. Although the pizza is fantastic, the reason VP made this place is for all of their other menu items. Their new mac and cheese dish is wonderfully light, their ice cream flavours consistently surprise me, and their homemade cheese blows other vegan cheese options out of the water. What I love is that the majority of their ingredients are made in-house, including their light dough, cheese, and ice cream. My top picks: Stranger wings and Ultraviolet pizzas, and the Mermaid ice cream for dessert!
Mika Fogelman- Client Care Manager
Mika is passionate about helping others in any way she can. Having danced since she was five years old, she discovered excitement for fitness through teaching Zumba dance fitness classes, and loves to help others develop their confidence through exercise.