Despite the fact that YouTube New York expert "Here Be Barr" has gyro/falafel places that he rates above Halal Guys, we thought the vegan option at least, looked pretty good. Located at 570 Robson, we arrived mid Saturday afternoon and despite the fact that things were humming, service was quick and efficient. We had occasion to speak to the manager who told us that he spent a month training in NYC, so these people are serious!
Your vegan choices are a falafel platter of a wrap (or French fries, I guess)and we chose the small platter for $15.99 with Baba Ghanoush for an extra $1.79. We thought it was a pretty good price and Mharie and I actually shared it. Its a surprising amount of food! There was a base of tasty basmati rice seasoned with, I'm not sure what, rendering it orange. It comes with a pita which was good for the baba ghanoush (which could have been smokier in our opinion), tomatoes, green peppers and jalapenos. The falafel itself was crispy on the outside and quite decent. Watch out for the hot sauce as when our server said it was hot, he was not kidding. We left with some mildly warm lips! Watch out for their signature white sauce which is not vegan.
Its a bright and colourful place and we found the staff friendly. Halal Guys is doing OK as we can see that they have expanded to locations all over the States and a few in Canada. They are a preferable fast food option even for carnivores as near as we can tell.
Welcome to Vancouver!
Food 3 1/2 out of 5
Vegan Options 2 1/2 out of 5
Comfort 3 1/2 out of 5
Service 4 1/2 out of 5Value 3 1/2 out of 5