Halal restaurants of Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia

Most halal foods have their origin in Asian and African countries. Restaurants offering halal food are a great way to explore exotic cuisine of these lands and get introduced to their eating traditions.

The picturesque city of Vancouver wedged between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean in Canada's British Columbia province is a popular tourist destination. To most people who know Canada, this city offers warmer temperatures than the rest of the country. The city has also been ranked among the top 5 best cities to live across the globe in 2016.

I was in the city for three weeks in Jan.- Feb. 2017 for my training at Flight Centre for the position of International Travel Consultant. Like other major urban centres of the country Vancouver is a melting point for various cultures and ethnicity. It offers a variety of cuisines to satisfy different taste buds. As some one who prefers halal food, I explored the many restaurants offering this food in Vancouver's downtown. Here are my ratings for them.

1) Donair Town

Food portion: *****
Cuisine variety: ***
Taste: *****
Ambience: ****
Cleanliness: ****
Staff courtesy: ****
Price: *****

Located at Robson and Dawson, this probably has got the best halal food in Downtown Vancouver. Lots of meat and well grilled with the right quality and amount of spices. This is actually a Persian restaurant and the spices speak of it.

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2) Fez Cafe

Food portion: ****
Cuisine variety: *****
Taste: *****
Ambience: *****
Cleanliness: *****
Staff courtesy: *****
Price: ****
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This was the first time I tasted Algerian food. Located on Robson street, Fez Cafe is one of the cleaner halal restaurants offering excellent ambience to its guests. The restaurant has a variety of food which is supposed to originate in this North African nation. As I have never been to Algeria nor have I tasted food from this country, I can't comment on the originality of food. But I can vouch for the taste of the food which was absolutely tantalizing. The spices used were close to the many dishes I have tasted from the Arab world. The furniture and setting of the restaurant is very ethnic.
























3)  Green Leaf Salad Bar

Food portion: ****
Cuisine variety: *****
Taste: *****
Ambience: *****
Cleanliness: *****
Staff courtesy: *****
Price: *****
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This popular restaurant is located besides another popular food joint 'SushiGo' at Bute and Melville. Located a short distance from the Harbour Green Park, it offers a variety of ethnic Middle Eastern cuisine including falafel and hummus. The restaurant has a special lunch for each week day. It's better known for its salads though.




4)  Baghdad Cafe

Food portion: ****
Cuisine variety: *****
Taste: ****
Ambience: *****
Cleanliness: ****
Staff courtesy: ****
Price: *****
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Apart from the variety of Middle Eastern food, the place offers a great ambience. It is a popular locale for many Arabs wanting a slice of the Arab world in Downtown Vancouver.












5)  Babylon Cafe

Food portion: ****
Cuisine variety: ****
Taste: ****
Ambience: ****
Cleanliness: ****
Staff courtesy: ****
Price: *****
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This is a chain of restaurants and including a couple which are located in Downtown Vancouver. I ate at two of them- the one on Dawson Street and as well as the one on Robson Street. The food taste and portion at both is identical but the staff at the Robson Street store is more courteous.








Other restaurants:
There are a couple of other restaurants Persian and Turkish...that I unfortunately didn't get to try. Hope to visit them during my next visit to Vancouver. Insha Allah : )

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Comments

  1. I second the recommendation for Fez Café. The atmosphere there felt really authentic, almost transporting you temporarily through a portal to a little piece of the Maghreb.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this list! From early morning to late night there are countless restaurants found within walking distance in Downtown Vancouver. Also, I have one suggestion for you to add in your list, Pourhouse restaurant – full of old-fashioned hearty flavors.

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    1. Hi Drew, thank you. I shall visit the restaurant you have mentioned in my next visit to Vancouver.

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