Vancouver Buddhist vegan food restaurant. Food is vegan except for honey offered on the side for teas (per report Aug 2013). Quiet atmosphere. Parking on street. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Organic, Asian, Chinese
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First Review by PDXVeganFamily
Kyleigh100
Kyleigh100
  • vegan
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+45

The Spot for Healthy Food

4 Posted on 05 / 18 / 2014

There are times where you want to go out to eat, but you don't want to spend a ton of money, and you don't want to eat a bunch of heavy food. If that's the case for you then you need to check out Dharma Kitchen. This is really healthy food at it's finest. There are no 'vegan meats' or 'vegan cheeses' all the food is natural, whole foods. Many of the dishes seem simple in their ingredients but pack a lot of flavor and a ton of satisfaction. The menu is rather wide and varied and I wish we'd had more time to explore all the various options but since we no longer live in Vancouver we don't get the chance.

What we did eat was delicious, comforting and satisfying. My husband had the Green Goddess Bowl which he loved, and I had the Free Tibet Bowl which was amazing. The tempeh here is simply divine, in fact, it's some of the best tempeh i've ever eaten anywhere. It's real home-made tempeh, not the store-bought Light-life kind. Amazing, amazing stuff.

As far as atmosphere this place is cozy, and welcoming. We felt quite at home at our little table and the staff was very helpful, and very friendly. Very willing to take the time to chat with us about the menu and about food prep which we appreciated. Next time I visit my family in Van i'll definitely be going back for more!

Pros: Great food, Great Atmosphere , Friendly Staff
lovela5
lovela5
  • vegan
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+156

pretty good

4 Posted on 03 / 01 / 2014

I've been to Dharma once. The restaurant was empty, we were the only clients. I ordered some red curry which was alright. Nothing amazing but good enough. I think I will come back.

Pros: Very chill place, good food
vegan frog
vegan frog
  • vegan
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+520

OK

3 Posted on 08 / 19 / 2013

The menu at Dharma Kitchen looks very exciting. Tons of options, all vegan, I thought we were in for a real treat.

First of all, it is not all vegan. They offer you honey with your tea. That discounts their claim of being vegan already. Apparently they don't cook with it but who knows.
We had the basil tofu and the Dharma Dude bowl with tempeh. Both were decent portions.
First, the basil tofu was ok, a little sweet and not very spicy but alright. The veggies were onions, mushrooms and peppers.
The Dharma Dude bowl was a bowl of roasted potatoes with veggies (onions, mushrooms and peppers again...I think that's all they have) and a choice of sauce. My husband picked the miso sauce.
The tempeh was really a soy Boca burger, I don't know how they can call this tempeh. We know tempeh and that was no tempeh. The waiter told us it was home made. Yeah, I don't think so.

All in all though, it was ok. The prices are a bit high for the quality of the food and I don't think we will rush there again.



UnsexyVeganMale
UnsexyVeganMale
  • vegan
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+42

so relaxing.....zzzzz....

3 Posted on 10 / 12 / 2012

+ serene atmosphere
+ rice pudding was tasty

- food was merely competent in flavour
- service was inconsistent from one server to the next
- non-descript outside storefront (you might miss it if you haven't been back for awhile)


mcgyver68
mcgyver68
  • vegetarian
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+48

I don't get it

3 Posted on 11 / 29 / 2011

I don't 'get' all the great reviews. Had dinner there last night. It is a typical "bowl place" where you can order a dozen or so different permutations of tempeh or tofu in a bowl with rice and veggies. Frankly, nothing looked too exciting, so I went for the signature dish, the "Dharma Bowl". Topping were dry and bland, yet the rice was soaked with miso gravy. I just didn't really care for it.

There was only one other customer in the place, an older couple. The guy at the table kept hollering the owner in mangled, Canadian-accented Spanish, for some peculiar reason. Seems he knew ten words or so, and was quite proud of his ability. Maybe this is why the owner was hiding most of the night. Why it took 45 minutes to put my bowl together. I don't know... it was just, 'off'.

Having said all that, the restaurant itself is beautiful and nicely appointed. This place has the right stuff to become fantastic. I hope they do.

Pros: Atmosphere, Inexpensive
Cons: bland, Need sopme cooking lessons
TinTin
TinTin
  • vegan
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+21

Vegan food at its best

4 Posted on 08 / 16 / 2011

Going into its six year of operation , the quality at Dharma Kitchen remains its priority. I have never had a bad meal here...fresh, qualiity ,organic where practical to keep pricing modest...the atmosphere is serene , music invigorating but peaceful ...a gem of a spot for vegans and mindful eating.

Pros: modest pricing, healthy, fresh ingredients
Cons: busy street, limited deserts
kimward8
kimward8
  • vegan
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+389

Delicious

5 Posted on 02 / 16 / 2010

The atmosphere is nice and peaceful in here, and the staff is really nice. I brought my three year old niece here and they gave her colouring books etc. The basil tofu is my favourite dish, and the tamarind soup and the lemongrass mushrooms are great too. They also make fresh juice.


Deneige
Deneige
  • vegetarian
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+28

Delisious!!!

5 Posted on 12 / 05 / 2009

A great little find in Vancouver.
Small and cozy, I felt like I was eating at home (a good thing). The staff were SUPER friendly and attentive.
I could eat here everyday and not get bored with the menu.

Every time I have eaten here I was able to take half my meal home or share a meal with my friend and still be sufficiently stuffed!

Pros: Vegan, Atmosphere, Excellent Food
Cons: None!
thelink
thelink
  • vegan
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+117

Soso

3 Posted on 09 / 20 / 2009

We had dinner at Dharma Kitchen once while on holiday in Vancouver in June. Maybe I picked the wrong dishes but I wasn't very impressed.

I ordered the Miso soup but only ate a few spoon fulls because I didn't like it at all. It didn't have any Miso flavour at all, it just tasted sour and was laden with coriander. I've had Miso soups before and I've never come across a Miso soup that contained coriander and the menu at Dharma certainly didn't list it as an ingredient either. Unfortunately I hate coriander so I got a nasty surprise...

My partner had a different soup (can't remember which one) and liked it.

For mains we had one tofu and one tempeh potato bowl which tasted soso. The sauce was quite oily and very salty. I noticed that many reviewers mention how fantastic the tempeh tastes at Dharma. We thought it tasted a bit strange and wasn't really tempeh at all.

We liked the fresh juice cocktails and the soy chai latte was incredibly nice.

The atmosphere in the restaurant was very nice and the staff was very cheerful and friendly.

If we ever go back to Vancouver and have time for only one meal we wouldn't chose Dharma. But if we lived in Vancouver we would probably go back to see if we could find some dishes on the menu that we like.


T
T
  • vegan
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+18

Great Meal

5 Posted on 08 / 15 / 2009

Had my first taste of Tempeh, and was immediately hooked. Have now had it elsewhere and I must say that although I still enjoy it, nothing has measured up to Dharma Kitchens tempeh. Mango tapioca pudding is divine, and the fruit smoothies are as good as mine (that means they are great).


  • Jeffrey Jeffrey

    Hi there T, nice review. Yep, tempeh can either be great or lousy, depending on how you cook it.

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veggiebear
veggiebear
  • vegan
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+34

Tempeh - Wow!

5 Posted on 07 / 01 / 2009

The tempeh I usually have is pretty bland, usually still with a few large soybean chunks in it, but the tempeh here is amazing. The sauteed mushrooms and chai tea (with soymilk!) are also excellent. The desert selection is small, but delicious.

Pros: good food, large portions, good & fast service , nice selection
marla
marla
  • vegan
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+32

Dharma Kitchen

3 Posted on 03 / 08 / 2009

We decided to go to Dharma last night for our anniversary after reading the great reviews. I had rice bowl with miso gravy,artichokes,peppers and onions. Compared to Naam the gravy was only so,so. I probably wouldn't go back again.

Pros: friendly staff
Cons: food was ok
Maddymac
Maddymac
  • vegan
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+26

Tempeh to die for!

4 Posted on 10 / 16 / 2008

The atmosphere is beautiful and chill. I had the rice bowl with tempeh the first time, i wasn't a fan of the rice bowl but the tempeh on top was amazing, i would come here just for the tempeh it's self. The "cocktails" were also delicious and i highly recomend there as well as the coconut miso gravy however i wish there was more on the menu than just rice bowls, veg burgers and salads.


akay5612
akay5612
  • vegan
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+14

Wicked Awesome!

5 Posted on 09 / 04 / 2008

It was so simple and calm in there. And the food was most excellent and well within my frugal spending habits. Thank you Darma. You really made my day.

Pros: excellent food, great value, friendly staff
Cons: none
vegdewd
vegdewd
  • vegan
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+20

my review of this cool little restaurant

5 Posted on 06 / 15 / 2008

I don't want to build this up too much but imo, I think this is probably the best vegan cooked food restaurant in the Northwest, possibly North America. Their coconut based gravies are rich and velvety and never seperate. The vegetables are fresh, colorful and crisp and never overcooked. The soup ingredients are perfectly seasoned, portioned and balanced. The smoothies are to die for. There definitely needs to be more restaurants in North America serving this fare.

Sometimes some limited-knowledge patrons will come in and ask the waiter in a whining voice "Eww..what's tempeh?" or complain that the "cocktails" don't contain alcohol. Sometimes you will here them whisper to their friends, "Why doesn't this place serve meat?" or "Oh, tofu, this isn't health food is it?" This place is not for these people. This place is for the rest of us who have no where else to eat out because everywhere else insists on animal food fare. And there are no compromises in taste here on top of that!

Pros: superb flavors, reasonable prices, clean presentation, good portions, completely vegan, friendly waiters
Cons: silly patron banter
skymonkey
skymonkey
  • vegetarian
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+109

great restaurant

5 Posted on 05 / 28 / 2008

we make sure to stop by dharma every time we are in vancouver. the food is wonderful (we love the tempeh and coconut gravy). the service is excellent. and the restaurant itself is beautiful in a peaceful setting. best of all, it's all vegan! it is by far our favorite restaurant in vancouver.


axelboot
axelboot
  • mostly-vegetarian
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+61

Awesome food...great ambience!

5 Posted on 05 / 14 / 2008

Wow...I can't say enough good things about this place.
Never disappointed. Romantic decor.
Service is prompt.
The food is so tantalizing, so tasty.
Incredible sauces. My fave is anything with tempeh!!

Pros: great value, generous portions, variety on menu
Cons: no alcohol
915phil
915phil
  • vegetarian
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+46

Best in Vancouver

5 Posted on 04 / 04 / 2008

I was told that Naam was the must-visit veggie place in Vancouver, but I found the wait and crowding to overshadow the food. Then I found Dharma Kitchen. The menu here is similar to Naam, though more Asian-oriented. The service and atmosphere, however, far exceed those of Naam. THIS is the must-visit place in Vancouver, in my opinion.

Pros: Great food, Good service, Good atmosphere
philjdomm
philjdomm
  • vegan
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+398

Vegan-Vegetarian Bland

2 Posted on 03 / 31 / 2008

well, i only had one dish there and it seemed alittle bland. i'll try some more dishes. chai tea is hell good!


Alex
Alex
  • vegan
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+19

My New Favourite Restaurant!

5 Posted on 03 / 02 / 2008

The food is wonderful, the ambiance relaxing. Different from other Buddhist restaurants I've been to in that the menu doesn't rely on faux meats but uses tofu, tempeh and a whole variety of wonderful vegetables beautifully prepared. Highly recommend the Dharma Bowl; ditto for the amazing chai. We had Sweet Rice Pudding for dessert, and it was delicious also. I can't wait to come back and try everything else on the menu!


grant
grant
  • vegan
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+15

Bland or Flavorable...you choose !

5 Posted on 07 / 22 / 2007

The reason Dharma Kitchen is a "GEM" is that its Menu contains a couple of "bland" dishes ( for those who prefer simple quality meals ) and several flavorful combinations that will please the palate of any VEGAN!!Next time you are in town ,ask Frank @ Dharma kitchen, what dishes will send your tastebuds a singing.... like Tommy, he is dedicated to bringing you an organic laden meal bursting with flavor...ask for the "OLD FAVORITE ". this meal ,with an avocado salad starter and a "Best in Vancouver"Chai Tea finisher , should change your opinion of this wonderful establishment , who by the way , with no paid advertising ,continues to flourish after its 2nd anniversary ( June 15th )in Vancouver.

Pros: Staff , Atmosphere, Prices
Cons: busy street
mystereys
mystereys
  • vegan
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+31

Bland and boring

2 Posted on 07 / 10 / 2007

Ate here during a recent trip to Vancouver. My husband and I got two different rice bowls. The food was boring and bland. Sure, the food might be healthy, but if it doesn't taste good and I don't want to eat it as a result, what's the point? I felt I could the same food at home quite easily, which I found a bit disappointing. At least it's an all vegan place.

Pros: all vegan
Cons: bland, boring
  • grant grant

    The reason Dharma Kitchen is a "GEM" is that its Menu contains a couple of "bland" dishes ( for those who prefer simple quality meals ) and several flavorful combinations that will please the palate of any VEGAN!!Next time you are in town ,ask Frank @ Dharma kitchen, what dishes will send your tastebuds a singing.... like Tommy, he is dedicated to brnging you an organic laden meal bursting with flavor...ask for the "OLD FAVORITE ". this meal ,with an avocado salad starter and a "Best in Vancouver"Chai Tea finisher , should change your opinion of this wonderful establishment , who by the way , with no paid advertising ,continues to flourish after its 2nd anniversary ( June 15th )in Vancouver.

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Guest
Guest

5 STAR Buddha

5 Posted on 06 / 29 / 2007

Being vegan and eating at restaurants nightly, it was a pleasure to locate Dharma Kitchen where the food, service and atmosphere is conducive to health. " Tofu Tommy " ,the owner is a gem, his Buddhist beliefs are emphasized in the atmosphere, food, decor, cleanliness and even the music...its got my vote.

Pros: quality, pricing, atmosphere
Cons: busy street
PDXVeganFamily
PDXVeganFamily
  • vegan
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+39

Great Little Place!!!

5 Posted on 01 / 09 / 2007

Our family did take-out while visiting BC and we had a great experience. It was VERY hard to locate at night being from out of town (small window/door in-between neighboring businesses without much signage) but WELL WORTH the search. Parking is a bit scarce, but parking around the block was ok. Staff was very polite and offered suggestions on meals and current in season produce. The wait for the food was only 10-15 minutes and we had several vegan/vegetarian brochures to look at while we waiting on display next to the beautiful 'Spirit Houses' that are sold at the shop next door. Price seemed spendy, but when you are supporting local vegan place makes it worth every penny! :)
We spent $50.00 Canadian including $5.00 tip, and shared two smoothies and had left-overs from the entrees and salad (Family of 3)
Highly Recommend!

Pros: Nice Staff, Good Portions, Atmosphere
Cons: Visibility, Parking

 

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