Who ever said vegetarian food wasn’t delicious, fun & couldn’t satisfy a midnight craving was crazy.  “The Naam” is located in the trendy Kitsalano neighbourhood and boasts to be the oldest natural foods restaurant, with over 30 years of cooking experience.  My husband and I were in the mood for something hearty and warm on a cold rainy Lower Mainland evening.  The perk of The Naam is they’re open 24/7 rain or shine. We jumped in the car around midnight and drove down to Kits and we were not disappointed.

Everything we ate from Appetizer to Dessert was so good, we walked away satisfied and raving about going back even before we left the establishment.  Our waiter was very polite, attentive and knowledgeable.  The eclectic décor makes it feel like you’re eating in your mom’s kitchen, a place you can kick off your shoes with good friends and family, and eat and talk for hours. The Naam does offer live music each evening from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

The Naam offers a full Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner menu! Everything on the menu is Vegetarian; meals are prepared with lots of love and seasoned very well.  Textures are very inventive you’ll never know you’re not eating meat.  The prices are very reasonable for how expensive some hot spots can be in Kits. The Naam is famous for their Sesame Fries with Miso Gravy. You must go just to try these, they are addictive and amazingly good.

We started with the Oxacan Quesadilla’s served with Salsa – Red & yellow organic corn tortilla’s with chili, red onions, cilantro, jalapenos & cheese ($8.95) & the Sesame Fries & Miso Gravy – Hand cut potatoes baked with sesame seeds with a side of Miso Gravy ($7.20). You can get the fries with Cheese or both if you like.

For Dinner I had the Tempeh Ruben Platter – Marinated tempeh with melted cheese, grilled mushrooms, mustard, sauerkraut & grated beets on a whole wheat bun ($14.25).  This came with another order of Sesame Fries which was gladly welcomed and a great side salad.  My husband had the Large Italian Pizza – Grilled red & green peppers and mushrooms topped with sun-dried tomatoes and asiago & parmesan cheese ($13.50).
At this point we were stuffed to the gills but of course we couldn’t leave without trying dessert.  I had Sarah’s Cheesecake – Dreamy light cheesecake with organic blueberry syrup & almonds ($6.50) and my husband had the Hot Apple Crisp – which has been served since day 1 and of course we had to get each one with a side of Vanilla Ice Cream for $2.50.  You can visit their website at

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Written by Michael Monteforte
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