Tama Organic Life

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 5 reviews )

2828 E Hastings St Ste 102, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V5K 5C5

Organic shop selling fresh produce and Japanese specialty items. Its kitchen makes takeaway hot lunch boxes and sandwiches Fridays through Tuesdays which are always vegan. The dishes and soup changes depending on what's available. Note that the shop sells some non-veg products. Previously at 2-1600 Mackay Rd. Open Mon-Tue 9:30am-4:00pm, Wed-Sat 9:30am-6:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Japanese, Take-out only

5 Reviews

First Review by vegancookbookaddict

Bento box - Edit

Enjoyed the bento box at lunch. Generally tasty, but several of the items were quite bland. Bought dried fermented ramen to take home. The proprietors are friendly and gracious.

Pros: Parking, Variety of products, Gracious proprietors

Cons: Some bland food, Meats, dairy for sale

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Authentic - Edit

Tama organic makes vegan lunch and different specials bento boxes everyday. Super healthy organic and fresh vegetables as they are also a grocery store. Amazing service by the ladies there, always taking good care and doing their best to provide great service.

Pros: super healthy, delicious flavours and verity of meals, , masterful presentation

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Great vegan Japanese meal options - Edit

The owners seem to make mostly vegan (though not always - good to double check if not marked) macrobiotic meals to eat in store or to take out. Always healthy and usually very creative and Japanese style. Vegan bentos are a specialty! Their homemade natto (fermented soybeans - an acquired taste for some) in the freezer section is the best I've ever tried. You can also usually find Vegan Pudding Co. puddings in their fridge. Great choice for local produce as well.

Pros: Tasty vegan options for meals, Great homemade products that are great quality, Friendly staff

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Tasty Organic Japanese Food (restaurant review) - Edit

Tama organic is a store and a restaurant/cafe. On the store side, there are fresh organic fruits and vegetables, as well as some packaged food and household items, some of which I've never seen anywhere else before.

The food was great. We had a very interesting natto burger. I honestly couldn't taste any natto in the patty, but I was assured that it was in there. Actual Japanese people work here, unlike many many many Japanese food restaurants I've been to. We all had the bento box, which is traditionally a wooden box where the food it separated by different sections; the modern versions are made of more easily washable plastic. So, there was a salad, The 'bun' part of the burger was made from rice, and somehow they pressed and cooked it into the shape of patties. Other sections contained salad, various vegetables, fruit, onion pancake, etc. The service was very good. We also had a nice conversation with the people sitting across from us.

I never did make it to their other location in North Vancouver as I am seldom in that area. Now they are located diagonally across Rupert from the PNE which is much more convenient for me.

Pros: tasty food, organic food, nice staff

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Beautiful presentation - Edit

The food at Tama is tasty, healthy (local and in season) and always something different. I really appreciate the presentation and the work that goes into making the food look so beautiful. The portions are quite large and I always take some leftovers home with me.

Pros: Inexpensive, Large portions, Friendly staff

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