Tomato Fresh Food Cafe

Tomato Fresh Food Cafe

The day before my surgery last week, W and I had lunch at the Tomato Fresh Food Cafe. This would be their new home in Kits that opened this summer, after the Canada Line construction forced them to move from Cambie Street. I like their warm, casual, and inviting decor: the restaurant is brightly lit – mainly by skylight, there are large indoor trees, the restaurant is very spacious, and the bars and booths are comfortable. Definitely more trendy and sophisticated compared to the old Cambie location.

We arrived at about 1pm. The place was busy but not full, but they still make you sit in the little waiting area (with tables and comfy couches) for about 10 minutes before they seat you. We were seated by a big tree near the back of the restaurant.

W and I shared two sandwiches: the vegetarian with hummus and mayo. The hummus was OK. I ordered it on the sourdough (instead of the whole wheat). The sourdough was OK, not that sour, not that crusty, and I think there is some whole wheat flour in it. Overall, it was an OK sandwich.

Veggie sandwich

And we also ordered the lox and cream cheese on a bagel. I love lox and cream cheese. This was very good. (Though I have yet to compare it to the same thing at Siegel’s or Solly’s.) The smoked salmon and capers were quite fresh. The bagel itself was great. It was a sesame bagel, with a nice chewiness and slight sweetness to it. I wonder where they get their bagels from.

Lox and cream cheese

I like how things are freshly made here, and you can ask them to make a particular sandwich on the menu to your liking. The atmosphere is nice and relaxing, though if I was in a hurry for lunch I might just pack my own sandwich, because it does take a while for them to seat you and then for the food to come. Two little things: They didn’t refill our water even once, and a leaf fell on W’s head while she was eating her bagel. 😀 Otherwise, a nice place and I might revisit for the brunch menu.

Tomato Fresh Food Cafe

2486 Bayswater Street (and W. Broadway)

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The Naam

Went to The Naam for brunch. Actually I had wanted their lunch menu but because it was the weekend, noon was still too early for that. Too bad, their breakfast menu didn’t have what I was craving for (a big salad). Oh well.

The Naam

There is a reason why The Naam is known as the best vegetarian restaurant in town is that it may never occur to non-vegetarians that they are actually eating at a vegetarian restaurant. There is a whole whack of interesting food here and you would never miss your meat. You might miss your bus, though, as the staff’s attitude is very laid back to say the least. You will have to accept the fact that you will be ignored at the door even if there are free tables, until somebody decides they are in the mood to serve you. Or that it can take quite a while for the kitchen to prepare something as simple as scrambled eggs and plain toast. Just accept it; at least they keep topping up your coffee. The coffee wasn’t awesome… I’d go for their nice looking shakes and smoothies. I like their toast though- nice, thick, and nutty. The food is creative but with a homey-style to it, portion sizes are good, and they’re also vegan friendly.

Farmer’s Omelet (with veggie sausage, veggies and cheese filling):

Omelette

Scrambled Tofu:

Scrambled Tofu

The Naam is a great spot to spend a very lazy weekend morning. And no doubt, looking around you will see hippie Kitsilan-ites who have just rolled out of bed in their pajamas, enjoying their coffee and reading the paper. With all the wooden decor, servers in t shirts and sneakers, the little patio outside, the atmosphere here is fun, comfy, and kinda campy. They are also open 24/7. I still want my Gado salad.

The Naam

The Naam – open 24 hrs, 7 days a week, live music every night

2742 West 4th Ave, Vancouver (in Kits, about a block east of MacDonald St)