CityMash.com - Meet is all about veggie-friendly comfort food in a relaxed atmosphere. The dishes are innovative and the vibe is casual cool. Almost everything on their menu is vegan and gluten free, meaning even the most restricted eaters can find something to satisfy at Meet.
With two locations, the original Meet on Main and the newly opened Meet in Gastown, Meet’s veg-loving creations are taking over Vancouver and delighting both lifelong vegans and born and raised meat-eaters. Who knew going vegan could be so delicious?
The original Meet on Main is located at Main Street and 27th. It’s an easy walk from King Edward skytrain station or even closer if you take the #3 bus on Main or the #25 on King Edward. Meet on Main is nestled along a line of trendy Main Street shops and restaurants where it fits in perfectly.
For a more modern feel and bigger space, Meet in Gastown is conveniently located on Gastown’s Water Street in an inner courtyard. A larger space means additional seating, including on their outdoor patio perfect for summer dining.
Rumour has it that Meet is looking at opening another location in sunny Los Angeles, California. If their track record in Vancouver means anything, we’re sure their delicious veggie food will draw in the masses south of the border as well.
Sticking to their mission to serve veggie-friendly comfort food, Meet offers shareable appetizers, seven types of fries, a colourful assortment of salads, their famous veggie burger concoctions, noodle and rice bowls, and, of course, sinfully sweet desserts. That’s not to mention their impressive drink menu with specialty craft cocktails, wine and beer, and a daily happy hour. With this much selection, there’s something for everyone no matter what you’re in the mood for – from a burger and fries to a specialty cocktail and rice bowl.
On a recent visit, we started with Meet’s signature appetizer, the sweet-chilli cauliflower, and a bowl of Hocus Pocus fries. The cauliflower, deep fried in the house beer batter, were, as the menu promised, incredibly addictive. We couldn’t stop dipping them into the sticky sweet tamarind chilli-ginger glaze with a bit of a kick. The Hocus Pocus fries, a bowl of both fries and onion rings, were served with chipotle mayo and a housemade cashew gravy. We couldn’t get enough of the cashew gravy and had to ask for a second serving.
For our entrees, our group split between burgers and bowls, all which were delicious. The Noodle-y Thai was a great vegetarian twist on a traditonal Pad Thai with strong flavours and a generous serving of tofu. The Mac N’ Cheese was rich and creamy, making it hard to believe they substituted vegan cashew cheez sauce for real cheese. The burgers, Southern BBQ, Mac N’ Cheez and Marinated Portobello, were all unique, piled high with toppings and packed full of flavour. The burgers also came with a serving of fries and salad, so suffice to say we were all stuffed.
Despite arriving in the middle of the dinner rush and during a snowstorm, the service at Meet on Main was impecable. Before we were seated, multiple servers came up to us to let us know our table was almost ready. We appreciated the service, especially as the limited waitng area began to fill up with other customers.
Once seated, our drink order was quickly taken and great recommendations for food were made. Two from our party were arriving later but our server didn’t hesitate to get our smaller group started with drinks and appetizers, and ensured all the entrees arrived together once the rest of the party showed up. When it was time to get our bills, our server had no problem remembering who ordered what and how to split the shared appetizers. Bonus: we learned our server actually grew up in the same Ottawa neighbourhood as someone in our group which lead to lots of, “Do you know so-and-so? How about so-and-so?”
As advertised, Meet on Main is a comfortable and casual restaurant. Of course, casual and comfortable usually translates to “trendy” if you’re a popular establishment attracting a young adult crowd on Main Street. Diners can sit at high tables by the bar or window, along a shared booth bench, at picnic tables or along a giant communal table in the middle of the restaurant. Wood cabin meets industrial loft might be a good way to describe Meet on Main. The tables are wooden, some of the walls have wood panneling and there are wooden beams on the ceiling, but there are also funky exposed lightbulbs and pipes. One thing we really loved about the decor was the artwork. Meet on Main displays the work of local artists all over their walls and even allows customers to purchase the art.
What’s everyone saying?
This reviewer isn’t the only Vancouverite who loves Meet on Main. With four stars out of five on Yelp, fellow foodies can’t stop gushing about the delicious food at Meet. In fact, the only complaint seems to be the long lines because everyone is trying to eat at Meet on Main; don’t worry, it’s worth the wait! Reviewers note the warm and fast service, fantastic atmosphere, broad range of menu items and large portions that will leave you stuffed. One reviewer said Meet serves the best fries in all of Vancouver while another recommends ordering the entire dessert menu. Sounds like some satisfied diners to us!
Have you been to Meet on Main or Meet in Gastown? What’s your favourite Meet dish?