Tamarind Vietnamese Grill and Noodle House

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 50 reviews )
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106 - 1111 6th Ave SW (at dowtown), Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2P5K1

A small Vietnamese restaurant that converted to a vegan establishment in 2015. Vegetable-base pho and much more. Open Mon-Fri 11:00am-8:00pm, Sat 12:00pm-8:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Vietnamese

50 Reviews

First Review by zthomson

so goood! - Edit

Food is so delicious! Pad Thai is my favorite!

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Awesome! - Edit

Great vegan food! I took my family of meat-eaters there, and even they enjoyed it! It's very small, so if you want to eat in, make sure you make a reservation (no exceptions!)

Pros: All vegan!, Delicious food, Cheap

Cons: Small space, No alcohol

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Excellent spot - Edit

Small, cozy, affordable vegan Vietnamese place. The tofu sate soup is delicious.

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Amazing Vegan - Edit

Great food and great portions. The right amount of spice and great attentive service

Pros: flavour

Cons: no

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Phocking delicious. - Edit

The curry soup was probably the best Vietnamese noodle soup I’ve had in my entire life, and that includes eating pho in Vancouver, BC and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 🙌🏼
Everyone in my group was really happy with their meal (including a hardcore meat and potatoes type). Small place, though! Don’t plan on eating with more than 3 others!

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Good quantities - Edit

Curry soup was so good!!

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Great - Edit

Loved the Pho I had here

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Incredibly delicious, 100% vegan, worth the trip - Edit

Enjoy a pretty broad Vietnamese menu, all vegan. Very friendly help and there are many exciting dishes beyond pad Thai. The soups in particular are delicious but we loved everything we tried (we went back again!).

Very reasonable prices.

Pros: Incredible vegan Vietnamese food, Great prices, Super friendly service

Cons: Tight fit for a baby carriage

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loved this place! popular also with non-vegans - Edit

I persuaded my sister and my husband ( both omnivores) to try this place tonight. We all loved it. For me it was a thrill to have so much choice! We each had something different ( Coconut curry Pho, Pad Thai, Yellow curry tofu), after enjoying two kinds of spring rolls. Delicious flavours! Service was friendly and helpful. I found out that 70% of their customers are not vegan. Nice Asian food, and I will return. So will my sister, who lives here. Even my carnivore husband was very happy with his meal and would come back

Pros: varied menu, delicious flavours, does take out

Cons: small space

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best vegan vietnamese - Edit

This place has the best Vietnamese food I have ever had - and that includes from before I went vegan. The ingredients are incredibly fresh, the dishes are authentic and there is so much variety.

The paradise rolls are a must try, and all my non-vegan friends, one of whom's parents are from Vietnam and use to run a Vietnamese restaurant, say the pho dac biet tastes just like the real thing, if not better.

The restaurant is not filthy dirty. It's a small, run down space, so has signs of wear and tear. Calgary is a tough city to own a vegan restaurant, and they do what they can with the space provided. Besides that, the kitchen is kept clean - it is small so looks crowded, but it is NOT dirty. The owners pride themselves on using fresh, clean ingredients and providing healthy, delicious meals to their customers.

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so filthy dirty - Edit

Came in with 5 friends and was completely blown away by how dirty the restaurant was. We couldn't even stay. It wouldn't ever pass a health inspection. Be very careful not to order take out. Too bad because the on line menu looked good. But it is not that restaurant in person.

Pros: none

Cons: Garbage everywhere

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Awesome - Edit

Just had dinner at this mom-and-pop restaurant. Place is small and seating is limited, but we arrived within an hour of closing and were one of the only two tables there on this Saturday evening. We ordered the tofu cha dum (Vietnamese steamed "meat" loaf), the fresh paper rolls, the pho ap chao (tofu and veggies over crispy rice noodles), and the pad thai. The food was absolutely delicious, generously portioned, and reasonably priced. The tofu here was particularly exceptional. Make sure to try it!

Pros: delicious food, reasonably priced

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Truly delicious - Edit

Went here on a holiday Monday evening, and it was quite busy even though we had a reservation (ended up waiting 20 minutes for our table past our reservation time). Having said that, it was well worth the wait. The food was so tasty, and it was priced very reasonably. Extremely flavourful - better than the average Vietnamese restaurant for sure vegan or no.

Pros: Delicious food, Inexpensive

Cons: Long wait even for reservation

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Very good food and good prices. - Edit

Their curry is goodness! Even my non Vegan collouge loves it! The prices are reasonable.

Cons: Inexpensive

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family-run, tasty Vietnamese - Edit

This place is tiny (only a handful of seats) so try for off-peak times to sit in or be ready for take out. It's a family business who turned vegan a couple years ago. The food is amazing and what you'd expect at a typical Vietnamese restaurant but with no animal products. Sure they have faux meats but you can also opt for tofu if that's not your thing. So good.
Bonus: you can bring your own containers if you're trying to reduce your waste.

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My favourite restaurant in Calgary - Edit

I'm a huge fan of their satay tofu noodle soup and bun hue. The flavours are rich and hearty. They make their own baked bbq tofu that is excellent. I have also tried the Mi Tiem, which is very good also. They serve the best vegetarian Vietnamese food in Calgary, hands down, and it is good value too.

Pros: Best vegetarian restaurant in Calgary, Flavourful vegan broth, Quality food

Cons: Small space, so can be all filled on busy nights

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loving it ! - Edit

Food is absolutely amazing. Loving the different flavors of vegan cuisine.

Cons: space is very limited. they have 3 tables for two

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New Vegan Amazed - Edit

A beautiful meal with colours, textures and flavours that surpassed any Vietnamese I've had - vegan or no!

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Delicious Vietnamese food - Edit

The in house made tofu is fantastic and best pad thai I've ever had. Will definitely be trying more dishes next time I'm in Calgary. If you plan on dinning in make sure to make a reservation!

Pros: All Vegan

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What's not to love about Tamarind? - Edit

This place serves the best food in Calgary--not just vegetarian and vegan food, but food in general! I simply love it and would eat it 27/7 if I had a choice. The place itself is small and unassuming but in my humble opinion, everything is cooked to perfection by people who run it and their extended family. That probably adds to lovely flavours of all their food because I imagine they cook the same stuff for themselves on a daily basis. And there is so much to love and enjoy about home cooked meals that you yourself would like to prepare but are either unable or unprepared to do.
Highly recommended!

Pros: delicious food, delicious food, delicious food

Cons: location, lack of parking

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My favourite restaurant! - Edit

Absolutely delicious every single time, great friendly service, and easily my favourite spot in Calgary. The bean curd is bonkers! Hope these guys are around for a loooong time to come!

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great food & service - Edit

Curry soup is amazing comfort food!
Big portions.
Great family run restaurant!

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Delicious vegan food! - Edit

Whether or not you are vegan, you should visit this little restaurant because the food is really delicious and the staff are lovely.
If you are vegan, beware of eating far too much, as there is a wide choice of delicious dishes and you will not know what to choose! I only wish we were here for longer, to work our way through the whole menu.
(We walked for miles across town to find this restaurant, to discover that it is actually right next to the Downtown West/ Kerby station on the free zone of the C Train).
Last orders are at 8, but they certainly don't hurry you out.

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Vegan Vietnamese Heaven - Edit

Wonderful people, beautiful delicious food, was told the menu is all vegan.


Updated from previous review on 2015-04-19

Pros: Near LRT, Piano music on TV..., Tasty, reasonably priced, divinely inspired cookin

Cons: none

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Pho! - Edit

Enjoyed our visit here while travelling.

Service was genuinely kind. Nice seating and environment.

The pho was quite tasty and is the house special. Large menu to chose from.
I was directed here by a local who claims this is the best Vietnamese in town. Even my non veg friend thoroughly enjoyed it!

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AMAZING! - Edit

Tamarind is really vegan-heaven. The food is delicious and the owners are so lovely. The only problem is deciding what to have. Definitely recommend!

Pros: Amazing food, Fantastic atmosphere, Lovely owners!

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Great Pho, All Vegan Menu - Edit

I tried Tamarind today and really enjoyed it. I decided to get the Pho Dac Biet, which was described as their House Noodle Soup. The broth was great and it was loaded with noodles and veggies. The portion size was very large. This dish contained mock ham and beef. I did not actually care for the flavor of these (and I typically like mock meats), so next time I would probably pick one without, perhaps the Pho Tao Hu Sate which is made with their spicy sauce, or the Laksa. The place was small and definitely not fancy, but the server was very friendly. I would like to go back the next time I am in Calgary; there are many things on the menu I would like to try.

Pros: All Vegan, Great Pho

Cons: Mock meat flavor

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