One of the most awesome things about backpacking is to meet up with friends. This time Tory, my vegan friend drove up from Seattle to Vancity to spend the weekend with me and show me her favorite vegan restaurants, which brings us to Gorilla Food.
Tory enjoying her Tropical Twist juice – orange, carrot, pineapple, and ginger. I got a Sweet Magenta – carrot, apple, beet, ginger, true to its name, juice was sweet and refreshing.
For a raw restaurant, Gorilla Food has a lot to choose from – salads, sandwiches, rice bowls, veggie burgers, pizza slices and spaghetti/ zuchinni noodles. Tory decided to go Asian and ordered the Green Curry Nyce Bowl – seasonal veggies marinated in coconut cashew curry sauce with raw rice and sprouts. She finished most of it.
I wasn’t sure about raw burgers after my experience in Prague so wanted to go for a safer option – a raw sandwich served on curry squash bread. This is how Main Street Monkey looks! What’s inside: olive tapanede, mashed avocado, zucchini, hummus, tomatoes, cucumbers and sprouts. As I’m allergic to alfafa sprouts, I had to ask them to remove it. It would be awesome if they were more generous with the olive tapanede and hummus, apart from that it was delicious and satisfying. I’m quite surprised how tasty that raw bread tasted and the hint of curry made it quite flavorful.
A good selection of raw desserts at Gorilla – vanilla hazelnut truffles, dark raw chocolate fudge, maca choco-roons, goji almond crunch cookies, chocolate almond pecan, and chocolate hempseed pie to name a few.
Those bread were surprisingly delicious!
I love browsing at the raw snacks in this corner of Gorilla Food and picked up a tiny bag of raw trail mix for my Rocky Mountains trip.
This is how Gorilla Food look from across the street. Staff was friendly and approachable, a very down-to-earth raw vegan eatery. Thanks Tory! (In case you’re wondering, Tory and I shared our first vegan meal at Minako in San Francisco last year.
Gorilla Food: 477 Powell Street, Vancouver, Canada. (Directions: Take bus #14 to Jackson Avenue and East Hastings, then walk 2 blocks to Powell street on Jackson Avenue).