Monday, 12 August 2013

Naam, Vancouver: Vegetarian 24/7!! =D

First time ever hearing of this restaurant, and I've passed by it myriads of times! Can't believe it =O Either way, NC recommended it and hence, dinner was served!

Naam on UrbanspoonRestaurant: Naam (visit their website here)
Location: 2724 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Cuisine: Vegetarian, International, Mexican, Organic
Price range: $10-20 per person

Date of visit: August 12, 2013
Atmosphere: 4/5
Staff/service: 4/5
Food variety: 5/5
Food quality: 3.75/5
Buck worthy? 3.75/5

I found the interior a bit dark, which isn't what I prefer (they dimmed it down further later in the evening). The servers were all very friendly and helpful, especially when Adorables asked a waitress where their water comes from (who would've thought they actually use a special purification system?!). Anyhow, onto the food =) NC ordered what I believe is a Santa Fe Enchilada ($12.25). Besides the main baked entree, there was a giant salad, and contained loads of goodies (not your typical iceberg lettuce). There was romaine, sprouts, beats, carrots, tomato, seeds, etc. I tried the tofu and it was pretty amazing!

Adorables ordered a Tempeh Reuben Platter ($14.50). It was really big! I tried part of the burger and found it a bit bland and dry. It tasted so... HEALTHY (not that it's a bad thing to be healthy of course). With the different dipping sauces, I found I liked the poppyseed one best. The sesame fries were oddly like potato wedges sprinkled with sesame seeds but good. Crispy on the outside with soft and mushy potato on the inside. Again, super colorful salad.

Finally myself! I didn't have a huge appetite, so I ordered a safe Naam Quesdilla ($8.95), and it was delicious. The cheese just was the perfect chewy and the jalepeno balanced out the oiliness well. The salsa was a bit spicy for me, and nothing special.

The three of us shared a slice of Noh Pie ($6.75) which was supposed to have "no sweet, no eggs, no dairy, no wheat banana-date-nut cream pie". Our waiter offered us whipping cream though. I found it to be too sweet on its own, the whipping cream actually made it less sweet and made it much easier to down and more enjoyable. A bit expensive in my opinion.

Either way, if you're craving some vegetarian, this isn't a bad choice for a restaurant open 24/7 and isn't fast food =P A healthy alternative for sure!

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