I had the pleasure of going to Vancouver’s longest running natural foods restaurant with a few friends. The Naam is located on 2724 West 4th Avenue and has been serving delicious vegetarian food 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for over 30 years. There are live bands every night, too!
It’s super casual and cute inside and there is also a patio if you’d like to eat outside. The portions are just huge, and for an entree that was under $10, I had enough food leftover for 1-2 meals. Their menu is huge, and there is something for everyone- vegetarian/vegan or not. Everything with cheese can be substituted with vegan cheese, and there are plenty of other substitutions that can be made as well. They have a great drink menu as well- so many delicious sounding teas and shakes! The service was super casual, but friendly, and it does get busy around lunch time so you may have to wait for a few minutes.
We were starving and started off with the “Chips & Both” (taco chips with guacomole and salsa).
My friend had the Thai Noodles- “zippy sauce, green & red peppers, onions, tofu, mung sprouts, red cabbage, garlic, ginger, peanuts, and stir-fried rice noodles”. This was so delicious, it was like pad thai. I would definitely order this.
My other friend and I both got dragon bowls (they look the same so there is only one picture). She had the Thai Dragon Bowl which is “a coconut curry sauce on steamed veggies & rice with deep-fried tofu, sprouts, grated carrots, beets, and fresh cilantro”. This was spicy, and she really enjoyed it.
I had the Naam Dragon Bowl which is a “macrobiotic special with steamed veggies on organic brown rice with miso gravy, tofu, peanut sauce, organic alfalfa sprouts, and wakame”. I absolutely loved this. The peanut sauce and miso gravy were delicious and I loved the wakame (I wish there had been a bit more, as there was only a couple of strips!).
Although entering food comas, we decided to share the Shakti Cake because it sounded waaay too interesting too resist!!
The Shakti Cake is a “vegan chocolate carrot cake with hemp protein, pumpkin, sunflower, and flax seeds, smothered in a vegan hemp cream icing”. It was really different, and quite good. To me it tasted more like zucchini cake, with a molasses-y flavour and I’m dying to know how to make the hemp icing. With all the seeds and grated veg in this cake, you could tell it was healthier, but it made for a great ending to our meal.
I really enjoyed The Naam and I will absolutely be back. There are so many amazing things on the menu that I would like to try- enchiladas, their veggie ‘steak’, their burgers and sesame fries. Yum!!0