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“Food was good - would go again” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Foundation

The Foundation
2301 Main St, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Mt. Pleasant)
604-708-0881
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Ranked #686 of 2,809 Restaurants in Vancouver
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Vegetarian, Healthy, Fusion, Organic
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Mt. Pleasant
Vancouver
2 reviews
“Food was good - would go again”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

I was surprised because the location is great, but when inside, it kind of felt like a little hole in the wall restaurant. The food was good and there were lots of options that were interesting and I have even tried to copy at home. I tried the black beans on quinoa with a lime sauce (not even sure if they still have this anymore) but it was delicious and filling! The atmosphere was fun and funky but the service wasn't great. They don't really pay a lot of attention to the tables.

I would go back.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Vegetarians...this is for you!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

This is a cute little place with a menu that is based on vegetarian dishes and actually offers a pretty good variety in this food realm.
It is a funky little place with its own unique atmosphere and clientele...fun to visit for something a little different.

Visited June 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Not bad, but wouldn't go back”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

We visited The Foundation strictly for their famous Nachos that recently received rave reviews in a local paper. Well, I wouldn't exactly rave about them. In fact, I won't even go back for them a second time. Not that they were bad, just not that spectacular, nothing to write home about.
The serving size for two peple was decent enough, as was the price. The problem was the fact that they were overcooked and consequently very dry. There was hardly any cheese, therefore they were not ooey-gooey as Nachos should be. There were no jalapenos that we could find yet they were spicey just the same. We figured out that they most likely used a liquid spice, adding it during the building process. The plate was smothered in black beans, which is not necessarily a bad thing but they were probably there to disguise the fact of very little cheese...beans are a cheaper fill. The worst part of the dish was the freezing cold salsa. It would have been great salsa, loaded with corn, but it was so cold you could hardly touch the little metal dish it was served in. There was an extra charge for the guacamole so we declined.
The dried up chips and cold salsa coupled with the fact that the restaurant itself was absolutely freezing (we ate with coats and scarves on) did not make for an enjoyable experience.
So, if you go, wear something extra warm and ask them to heat up the salsa. That's if you can ever get ahold of a server.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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New Westminster, Canada
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90 reviews 90 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Great nachos and slow service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

I recently went here with some buddies for beers and nachos. The nachos were great, but the service when it came to getting beer refills was not. The servers are all a little slow but from what I have been told that has been expected here.

The atmosphere is cool and unique and you can actually see ovens where the food comes from.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Food OK but staff was indifferent”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

We went to this place because it was recommended on our travel guide amongst the vegetarian/vegan options in Vancouver. The place itself is cool, the food was OK and there were a few interesting dishes to choose from, as well as local beers. The only thing that was truly disappointing was the service: no communication, we didn't feel welcome and no warmth. The two waiters that day were busy trying more to look cool than being friendly or caring. One guy who walked in after us was given the menu and left standing at the door without a word. Yeah, be yourself, that's their motto...

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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