I had heard about a new vegan restaurant called Graze a few months back but hadn’t been out to try it. I follow their posts on Facebook and noticed a contest where you could win dinner for 2 if you signed up for their newsletter. I never win anything but I thought I would sign up anyway as I am always looking for new vegetarian restaurants in Vancouver. A few days later I got an email saying I had won so we quickly booked a dinner for the following Wednesday.
We started off with drinks. The majority of the wines were from BC which I always like to see and we ended up selecting Merlot. As we were looking through the menus, the waitress gave us a bit of a background on the restaurant saying the owner didn’t necessarily start out wanting to build a restaurant but has been a vegan for more than half of their life and a lot of the food on the menu now were things they cooked at home regularly. This gave the menu quite a home cooked, comfort food feel to it.
For appetizers, we went with daily soup which they thoughtfully split into 2 bowls so myself and I partner could share. We also ordered the Fry Board which contained root vegetable chips, pickled beet fries, and crispy spiced chickpeas served with a coconut garlic aioli. The veggie chips and chickpeas were crispy and the beets were a bit of a surprise as they looked like mini fries but were actually pickled. The dip was creamy and had a slight coconut taste to it as I believe that coconut milk was the base but not overpowering at all. I have a bit of weakness for anything fried or pickled (with both of these being a vehicle for dips and sauces) so I was on cloud nine.
For mains, we spoke to the waitress about options and she recommended the crepes for a lighter option and the perogies or macaroni & cheese for a heartier meal. Since I won the dinner, I got to choose so we went heavy comfort food all the way with BOTH the perogies and the mac & cheese. Go big or go home!
The mac & cheese was made with brown rice pasta in a smoky coconut cheddar sauce, crispy eggplant, mushroom & toasted nut crumble over a potato pave, seasonal vegetables. The sauce was super creamy and amazingly non-dairy. The highlight, though, were the yam & eggplant perogies with sautéed oyster mushrooms, crispy shallots, pickled beet shred, crisp smoky eggplant & mushroom strips, smoky coconut cheddar sauce. All served with sour coconut cream, and spicy tomato jam. So many wonderful flavours mixed together.
We were so stuffed after all of the delicious food, we opted to not go for dessert as well although I would have liked to try Ice Cream Sandwich with the mocha black velvet cake, lavender caramel, and seasonal fruit coulis.
Whether you are a vegan or not, you should definitely try this place. The food was amazing and the staff was super friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable. The decor was simple and clean, with vintage style lighting. It felt more upscale than a lot of vegan restaurants tend to be.
About Graze Food & Drink
“We are committed to an organic, sustainable & compassionate philosophy. Our all-plant-based menu, including all of our wines, beers & spirits, incorporate as many locally and organically produced ingredients as possible. Building on this foundation, we also grow our own herbs & vegetables, collect rainwater for our garden, compost our kitchen waste, reduce our power consumption, solar heat our hot water, are very particular about our paper and cleaning products and are always looking for ways to do even more.”