I’ve walked by Gorilla Food many times on my way to night classes at SFU in the Harbour Center. The sign always catches my eye, but I never wandered in there because it looked so much like a hole in the wall and raw vegan food didn’t really appeal to me.
My coworker really wanted to grab something for lunch, but she recently turned vegetarian and I couldn’t think of any foodcart around the place (besides Culver City Salads) that serves up some cool vegetarian meals. Gorilla Food popped into my mind, and we decided to check them out.
We looked them up online first, and discovered that they have a huge menu! Check out their vegan offerings here.
Gorilla Food is in a basement of some sort – from the outside it looks tiny but it’s actually very spacious when you enter. They even sell a lot of vegan snacks, books, and more.
The kitchen is wide open, so you can see the workers make your sandwich, smoothies, or salads on the spot.
We sort of decided what to get before we arrived, so we ordered fairly quickly. What caught our eye though were the vegan desserts! The pies looked really great, and I was really curious to see how a vegan pie might taste different from other pies. Needless to say, I got a slice of pie too!
My coworker got really excited when she got her milkshake. She had the Blueberry Blaze, which consisted of almonds, blueberries, bananas, hempseeds, and dates.
It`s quite pricey for a smoothie, but it tasted pretty good. You can really make out the almonds, which tastes amazing with the fresh blueberries. Love the container too – it’s more of a bowl rather than a cup and is biodegradable!
There are plenty of vegan sandwiches, but my coworker wanted something different – something more unique. The Rawmein “New”dles was her choice, and it was a pretty solid one. It consisted of marinated veggies, “new”dles, and plenty of spicy sesame chilli sauce.
I only had a bite of it; it was packed with flavour. It wasn’t anything like the Soba Salad from Culver City Salads. Instead, this one had a much stronger raw taste to it and much more crunch. I prefer the salad from Culver, but this one isn’t bad either. I think you really have to enjoy eating things like raw brocolli or carrot sticks to appreciate this one.
Similar to the Rawmein, my sandwich requires a unique flavour palette to really appreciate. I had the Main St. Monkey Sandwich, with contains an impressive array of: olive tapenade, avocado mash-up, zucchini hummus, tomatoes, cucumbers, and sprouts.
There are two choices for the “bread”: a veggie-flax bread or a curry squash bread. Curry squash bread was all they had that day, so that’s what I went with.
It’s an impressive sandwich (and it better be at $9.50!) that managed to fill me up. First off, I’m pretty impressed with the bread. It’s nothing like regular bread – the curry squash bread tastes like it was made out of baked squash mash with plenty of spices.
It’s surprisingly a very messy sandwich to eat. It’s filled to the brim, so taking a bite or two pushes the creamy avocado out from the other end. Along with that, the sprouts and cucumbers start falling apart. Curry squash bread, being not really bread, doesn’t do as good as a job holding it all together.
Regardless, it’s got a unique raw flavour to it all. I loved the avocado and sprouts. This is a veggie sandwich done right. I wish it were cheaper, because I would definitely come back and try another sandwich!
The real star of the meal was the Lemon Avocado Pie. Its vibrant green caught my eye, and the girl working there highly highly recommended it. She apparently even made a raspberry version at home; I can already imagine how good that would taste!
The pie is extremely creamy, yet solid; very similar to a nice cheese cake. You get a delicious lime-like taste at the beginning that fades into a creamy avocado aftertaste. At the end, a little bit of the coconut (from the flakes at the top) kick in. Absolutely delicious and you’ll probably never find another pie quite like it. The crust was not bad, but I’ve had better. Overall though, the pie was quite a pleasant surprise!