By Lenée Son
Wondering where to go for the best vegan and vegetarian friendly eats in White Rock? Finding meat-free options can be difficult when you’re not sure where to start, but we’ve got you covered.
Whether you’re looking to eat veggie to save the planet, improve your health, protect the animals, or all of the above, one thing is for sure – these plant based meals located in this beach-side city are guaranteed to make your taste buds happy.
PG’s Jamaican Takeout
PG’s Jamaican Takeout brings the cuisine of Jamaica’s beaches to White Rock’s own beach. Their veggie patties are freshly baked and the turmeric-hued pastry crust is perfectly flaky. Biting into a veggie patty reveals the delicious filling, which is savory with spicy notes. On Tuesdays, PG’s special is their Veggie Roti stuffed with potatoes, bell peppers, and spices and served with a side of steamed vegetables or a mixed green salad. Their vegetarian appetizers include plantains and fried dumplings. PG’s also brews their own ginger beer and sorrel.
1387 Johnston Rd, White Rock
604- 541 – 7289
Yucca Tree Café
For the best vegan and vegetarian friendly breakfasts and brunch in town, make a stop at the Yucca Tree Café. Yucca Tree Café offers plenty of healthy homemade vegetarian selections but a favourite among vegans and non-vegans alike is the Vegetarian Chili and Toast. Packed with beans, vegetables, and the right amount of heat, this meat and diary free chili is full of flavor.
1347 Johnston Rd, White Rock
604-536 – 3703
Punje Spice Indian Restaurant
As soon as you walk into Punje Spice Indian Restaurant, the aromatic savory scent of coriander, turmeric, and saffron is enough to get your mouth watering. The vegetarian menu at Punje Spice Indian Restaurant has familiar Indian vegetarian specialties such as Aloo Gobi, vegetable Korma, and Palak Paneer. Their Channa Masala, a chickpeas dish cooked with ginger, garlic, tomatoes, and a perfected blend of herbs and spices, is arguably the best in the city.
1558 George Street, White Rock
604-560 – 6284
This waterfront eatery has been a town favourite for over thirty years. Located on the White Rock strip, Uli’s serves European inspired food made from fresh, high quality ingredients. Vegans, you won’t regret ordering a vegan version of Uli’s Paella – Uli’s take on this national Spanish dish uses founder, Ulrich Blume’s classic recipe. This flavorful rich dish is topped with sliced red peppers, onions, olives, celery, olives, and cilantro. Uli’s veggie burger is another meat-free favourite, which features a crispy house made quinoa patty topped with shallots, tomato, and a kick of Sriracha mayo, all served on a potato bun.
15023 Marine Drive, White Rock
604-538 – 9373
If you can’t go to Thailand, go to Leela Thai for a taste of authentic Thai cuisine. Leela Thai was voted “Best Asian/Thai Restaurant” five years in a row and they have tons of vegan and vegetarian options to choose from. All of the plant based friendly items are marked with a “V” on their menu. Try their gang dang, a spicy red curry cooked with fresh coconut milk, bamboo shoots, tofu, and Thai basil. Order a side of fragrant steamed jasmine rice to generously spoon your vegetarian curry over. For dessert, indulge your sweet tooth with sweet rice and fresh mango. Each bite will have you dreaming of the Ko Phi Phi Islands.
1310 Johnston Rd, White Rock