Wha...? Vegan in Abbotsford, in a shopping mall food court, no less. I stumbled across Sy's Vegan Bistro by Googling "vegan in the Fraser Valley". The results were meagre but there was Sy's. Not always anxious to order food from a food court (except for Asian mall food courts which are a vastly different thing), we nonetheless decided to take SVB for a spin.
So many restaurants to try, so little time. Mharie will tell you that when we find a place that we really love, that truly rises above the rest, that we should go back to every week, that I will say, "Well, I already wrote something about them. I want to go to someplace new!" Even our all-time favourite, Dosanko, we have only been to twice. How sad! The exception to the rule is when a great restaurant opens a second location. Then on a technicality, we can go to the new location and I can write something about a new place! The point being, our favourite vegan/vegetarian place in Metro-Vancouver has opened up on Hamilton Street in Yaletown, Do Chay Saigon Vegetarian.
Veggie Bob's could easily be called Vegan Bob's although I think Veggie kind of rolls off the tongue a little better. That being said, there is nothing on the web site menu that is not labelled vegan. I suppose they reserve the right to serve an egg if they decided to. Located on the main drive of Fort Langley just as you arrive in town, I expect that Veggie Bob's has been around for a while. Obviously, I should have asked.
Bad Apple just opened up in the space previously occupied by What's Up Dog? Interestingly, while focused on hot dogs (what gave it away?), WUD also offered some vegan choices. BA is completely new ownership, (the same staff as previously) and all vegan choices! Both places have been on my list and we finally got there this past Saturday in the am.
This review is actually about a restaurant that we visited last month namely when it was Vegetarian Awareness Month and not yet World Vegan Month (see the difference there?). As it happens, 4 Stones offers many vegan choices and indicates on their menu whether a dish is vegan or lacto-ovo vegetarian.
A strange place to visit during World Vegan Month, you may say, but first of all, this review is actually a throwback to Vegetarian Awareness Month (last month) and I did in fact have a vegetarian sandwich, of which they have three on their menu. Located on Westminster Hwy in Richmond between #1 and #2 Roads, SSC is only open for takeout at the moment.
It's not unusual for us (Mharie and her family and me) to end up at a Filipino restaurant because, although they cook mostly Filipino style at home, it's nice to have someone else do the work and clean up! Kulinarya is one of the few Filipino joints that we have not tried even though they've made their presence known in the foodie community. Best of all, while I feel like Filipino food tends to be as meat-centric as southern barbeque, Kulinarya has a vegan section to their menu! You may be able to see the handwritten Welcome Vegans sign in their front window.
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