Having been pleasantly surprised by Heirloom Vegetarian‘s brunch in the past, Mell was eager to come for dinner. And what better excuse than starting a new job that’s literally 5 minutes away? Plus Grace was in the mood for something ‘healthy.’
This space is wildly different from any other vegetarian restaurant we’ve been to Vancouver; it’s airy and bright with wooden accents and subtle farm-to-table decor. With so much natural light, food pictures are bound to look pretty sweet.
We ordered some drinks to start, and NOT the kind we usually get. Grace saw kombucha on the drinks menu and jumped on it: a raincoast kombucha for her.
Mell ordered the feature shrub which turned out to be grapefruit, apple cider vinegar syrup, mint, and sparkling water. If you’re not a fan of apple cider vinegar, don’t get a shrub because yes, you can taste it. (M: Love the shit out of ACV)
We decided to do the same thing we always do: order a bunch of plates and share all the food. Because sharing is caring… with more things to taste.
Up first, vegan lettuce wraps, which were pretty damn delicious. The filling has a spiciness that builds the more you eat it—must be the Sriracha pecans. Other stuff inside: tofu, pickled mushrooms, rice vermicelli, various herbs, and nước chấm (that Vietnamese dipping sauce that comes with lots of things: sweet, savoury, salty, sour, and spicy all-in-one).
We enjoyed these wraps but the next dish sorta stole the show…
Vegetarian queso tacos with grilled Halloumi cheese (popular in Greece, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, and Turkey), black bean puree, slaw, guac, pico de gallo, and creamy cilantro.
G: *wide-eyed staring*
M: This is fucking amazing. Is this my new fav veggie taco? It just might be.
We’d never had Halloumi cheese before and were wondering WHY IS THIS JUST IN OUR LIVES NOW. It has a wonderfully firm texture with a milder flavour which works perfectly with the other ingredients. These tacos have the perfect balance of all the tastes. In harmony. In your mouth. All at once.
After much debate between ourselves, our server convinced us to go for The Heirloom (vegan) as our entree. Again, we’d never tried anything like this before. It comes with two types of grains: freekah and millet. Both are delicious and a refreshing alternative to rice or pasta.
Ours came with grilled new carrots and peppers. But what really sold us was the agedashi tofu topped with gado (peanut) sauce. This plate had a wonderful spicy flavour and tasted so good, we scraped every last grain off that plate.
Heirloom draws on different ingredients from countries and cultures from all over the world, and it was a treat to see this all work beautifully on one plate. No easy feat. It’s a little pricier than your average, but to us, it was well worth the quality (and deliciousness) of the food.
DEF COMING BACK FOR THE TACOS