I love a good, juicy hamburger and have been known to travel
more than a few kilometers to meet my carnivorous craving. However,
I also try to eat healthy, organic and local so I was pretty keen
to give the all-organic, all-raw and all-vegan Gorilla Food café
Raw food? Proponents of raw food believe that cooking food
destroys valuable enzymes and nutrients. So all the food prepared
at Gorilla Food is raw and what is "cooked" is done via dehydrator
with a temperature gauge that doesn't go any higher than 117
degrees Fahrenheit, keeping all that good stuff intact and live.
The chef/owner is self-taught and in case you celebrity and hipster
cred matters, he used to be private chef to Beastie Boy Mike D.
Gorilla Food started out as a tiny take-out window on Richards
Street in downtown Vancouver but has recently moved into a real
café a few doors down. Walk down a few steps and you enter into a
comfortable space with stone walls, interesting artwork, and a
pretty cool leaf and vine motif utilizing all the exposed pipes and
wires to nice effect. The room is definitely a cozy respite on a
rainy Vancouver afternoon.
My husband ordered the veggie burger ($7.50) made with various
nuts, seeds and veggies and served between two lettuce leaves,
topped with guacamole, ginger tomato sauce and sliced seasonal
vegetables. He said it was like eating a salad and wasn't so sure
he'd be full, so he was very thankful that he ordered the Choco
Gorilla creamy shake to go alongside his lunch, which was loaded
with raw cacao, bananas, dates, coconut oil and almonds. He
declared it delicious.
I decided not to go the veggie burger route and tried the Maui Waui
pizza ($6). The crust was a toothsome combination of sprouted
sunflower and buckwheat, flax and carrots topped with tomatoes,
tenderized kale, fresh pineapple and walnuts. It was a taste
sensation. This isn't a traditional pizza by any means and I think
eating the slice with a fork was pretty necessary to prevent any
breakage or crumbling, but it was packed with flavour. For a drink,
I chose the Root Down (a nod to the
Beastie Boys, perhaps?) described as a "choose your own
adventure" juice. I think I chose well by mixing up beet, apple,
lemon and orange to the carrot juice mix. Yum!
Everything tasted fresh and healthy and I felt like I was doing
my body a favour just from eating lunch there. We even got a couple
of cookies to go and even that didn't break the spell that we were
doing something good for our bodies. The vibe is a little bit hippy
(check out the video below about Gorilla Food) but it's a friendly
stop for a quick, wholesome and affordable lunch.
436 Richards St.
Jeannette Ordas is a Vancouver-based Web Designer and Food
Blogger who is probably right now thinking about what she'll
make for dinner.
Restaurant posts are featured every Friday.
Posted: Fri, Aug 29 2008
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