Gorilla Food
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Gorilla Food

Gorilla Food was another recommended destination to visit. They specialize in organic, vegan, and raw food. I had never even heard of it before, I guess because I am neither vegan nor vegetarian, but I have always been intrigued by such eateries. As you may have read from my previous posts, I really enjoy vegetarian food, and because I have a few vegetarian friends I get to enjoy it fairly often. Vegan food on the other hand is a world completely unbeknownst to me.

I don’t know if anyone else ever feels this way, but I feel like such an imposter when I walk into places I don’t belong. Walking into Gorilla Food, my mind was racing, wondering if the servers could tell that I was a fake, that I was not vegan at all, but an anything and everthingarian.

Gorilla Foods has a very natural, hippie décor. Flowers, rustic wood, stones, mosaics, fairies… well none that I could see, but I’m sure they were just hiding. The whole place was very welcoming and warm. I’d studied the menu beforehand of course (one must always be prepared), and already knew what I was going to order.  The menu is actually an impressive piece of work. Despite a perceived limit of ingredients available to them, their menu is larger than one you would see at Dennys! After half an hour of menu agony, here’s what I ordered.

Dehli Double Veggie Burger: Spicy-ish cashew curry sauce and marinated veggies top this double stacker veggie burger! Served in a lettuce leaf bun

I added the veggie-flax bun to this dish as well as it sounded like it would be delicious, however, I didn’t like it at all. It was soft but firm and slightly sour. I ended up eating it with the leftover raisin chutney which made it a bit better. The veggie patty itself was interesting. Even while eating it, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. It tasted like it was made with the leftover pulp from making juice. It was soft and almost bitter tasting – it wasn’t terrible, but not something I would order again. The cashew curry sauce was indeed spicy but tasted awesome – I would ask for extra!

Mau Waui Pizza Slice: Dehydrated, wheat-free and gluten free sprouted sunflower seed, buckwheat and carrot, flax seed crust topped with, savory sun-dried tomato herb sauce and a heavy handful of tenderized kale and veggie mix-up, with a walnut ‘cheez’ crumble and a layer of fresh sweet diced pineapple

A huge list of ingredients! When I first saw the pizza I was quite disappointed by its size. For $8 I had expected it to be a lot bigger. After I took my first bite I was pleasantly surprised. The pizza was delicious – it tasted like cheese, and it was quite filling, yet still light. You had to eat it with a knife and fork as the whole thing would fall apart if you attempted to pick it up. It was pizza that tasted great cold. The pineapple was a much needed element on the pizza, as it would have been too heavy on its own.

Thai Fresh Wraps: Three collard leaf wraps filled with a sprouted sunflower seed and veggie paté, sesame seasoned coleslaw and a side dip of raisin chutney

These wraps were my favorite of all the items I ordered! I love anything wrapped in leaves. Very fresh slaw, light, but what made it was the raisin chutney. It was zesty, sweet and tangy and acted as the perfect sidekick to the wraps. Together these wraps were perfect.

Overall, I have to credit Gorilla Foods with their creativity in every dish. You could taste the thought that had gone into preparing each ensemble. Everything about the café exuded passion. The service was good, very polite and the food came out quickly as it didn’t need to be cooked, just assembled. This is probably one of the only food spots that will make you something healthier than you would make at home. Although I won’t boast about this place to all my friends I will definitely come back – maybe more for the health factor than anything. Next up I’m going to order:

Main St Monkey Sandwich with Curry Squash Bread: Filled with olive tapenade, creamy avocado mash-up, zucchini hummus, tomatoes, cucumbers and sprouts.

Green Curry Nice Bowl: Live and wild ‘ryce’: made from veggies and seeds: surrounded with creamy cashew and coconut, green curry marinated vegies and sprouts.

+ a juice of some kind, although these are quite steeply priced.

Price $ | Service 4 | Atmosphere 3.5 | Overall 3
101-436 Richards St, Vancouver | 604-684-3663  | gorillafood.com

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