5 Things to Know About Vancouver’s The Naam

Posted on February 15, 2017 - The Naam, a little eatery on West 4th in Kitsilano, is proof that healthy vegetarian food is not only delicious, but it can pack a restaurant!

This joint is full for every meal of the day with diners often lining up outside to try and snag one of the small wooden tables. But it’s worth the wait. Eventually you’ll make it inside and be feasting on their famous Sesame Fries with Miso Gravy, Scrambled Tofu vegan breakfast, a delicious Dragon Bowl or a slice of Noh Pie (with no sweet, no eggs, no dairy and no wheat but we promise it’s still tasty).

Whether you’ve never been to The Naam before or you’re a regular who goes all the time, here are five things to know about Vancouver’s favourite vegetarian joint:

They’re Open 24/7

The Naam is one of the few places in Vancouver serving a full food menu 24 hours a day every day of the year. The only day they close is Christmas Day. You might be thinking, why does a tiny vegetarian restaurant in Kitsilano need to be open at 3:00 AM? That’s because they’re busy every hour of the day! Whether you visit for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a midnight snack, expect to always find a restaurant full of fellow patrons at The Naam.

They Are Vancouver’s Oldest Natural Foods Restaurant

The Naam opened all the way back in 1968 making it Vancouver’s oldest natural foods restaurant. They have been serving wholesome, mostly local, vegetarian fare in Kitsilano for almost 50 years. Despite half a decade on the Vancouver food scene, The Naam still sticks to their roots. They are and have always been a small, family-run business that delivers a comfortable and cosy atmosphere with top quality food.

On the ninth day of NAAM-mas NAAM Santa gave to me nine Hours of Daylight, eight Arms with Gifts, a Seven-Star Burger, six Rainbow Sauces, fi-ive Go-ld Dragons!… four-A.M Cake, three Painted Friends, two Garden Gnomies & a bottle of Miso Gravy! As today is the Winter Solstice, or the longest night, it seems fitting to celebrate the changing seasons & Earth's natural cycles. Since we are open 24 hours at The NAAM, we have a unique opportunity to directly experience the upcoming lengthening of days in a very real way. This also means that we are very mindful of how astronomical changes effect all of us as a collective. So when short days lead to shorter tempers, let us all be kind to one another and perhaps pause to appreciate the beauty of the daylight and the glory of the night. ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ . . . . . . . #NAAMlife #12days #ninthday #wintersolstice #longestnight #winteriscoming #vancouvervegan #mindful #kitsilano

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They Have Live Music

Every night, The Naam hosts live music from 7:00 – 10:00 PM. They support artists of all genres from blues and folk to hip hop and jazz. Don’t be surprised to find a crooner with a guitar set up on the tiny stage along one wall of the dining room if you head to The Naam in the evening.

They Support Local Art

In another artistic expression, The Naam also supports local visual artists by displaying their works on the walls of the restaurant. Local artists can get in touch with The Naam by clicking here to find out how to get their art displayed. The art shows change up every six weeks and are booked through to this summer.

You Can Buy Their Famous Sauces

The Naam is well known for many items on their menu, but probably none more so than their famous sauces that leave satisfied customers licking every last drop off the plate.

So we have good news: you can bring The Naam’s sauces home from their kitchen to yours. Every sauce they produce is vegan, GMO-free and bottled in Vancouver. Available flavours include Miso Gravy, Miso Gravy Hot Sauce, Coconut Curry Sauce, Thai Sauce, Blueberry Vinaigrette and Peanut Sauce. The sauces can be purcahsed directly from The Naam or at local food stores like Choices, Buy Low and Whole Foods. For The Naam sauce retailer closest to you, check out this list.

It's Saucy Saturday and we have some WONDERFUL news for all of you who have Miso Gravy cravings but don't live close enough to visit….. The entire line of NAAM sauces is now available through @vegansupply! And they deliver! To you! ✌ You can find the full list of available NAAM products on their website (as well as many other vegan goodies). Yippee! ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ #NAAMlife #vegansupply #saucysaturday #whatveganseat #plantbased #veganfoodporn #gmofree #foodporn #vegansofvancouver #vancityvegans #vegansofig #vegansofinstagram #vegan #veganfoodshare #healthyeating #vegetarian #healthychoices #thriving #crueltyfree #vancouverfoodie #vanfoodie #happyherbivore #yvreats #thenaam #misogravy #peanutsauce #curry #organicblueberries

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We are so excited to announce that for the next two weeks The NAAM will be serving a trial run of the @tempeafoods Soy Tempeh patties ? This #glutenfree tempeh is locally made, fresh & is also FULL of probiotic culture goodness. So come in and try a Tempeh Reuben (with either cheese or vegan @daiyafoods cheese) served on a @bonchaz Multigrain Bun! You can also substitute Tempeh for tofu in any of our Dragon Bowls or other main dishes. We're already in love so If you guys like it, we hope to have Tempea tempeh available permanently!? ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ . . . . . . . #NAAMlife #eatlocal #smallbusiness #plantbased #whatveganseat #vegansofvancouver #vancityvegans #vegansofig #vegan #veganfoodshare #foodporn #vegansofinstagram #healthyeating #wholefood #wholesome #vegetarian #healthy #healthychoices #thriving #crueltyfree #vanfoodie #yvreats #yvrfood #kitsilano

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See you at The Naam! What’s your favourite dish on the menu?

Freelance writer, travel planner and social media maven with a strong passion for travel and reality TV shows that were popular in the 2000s. For more from me: More articles by Riana Ang-Canning
  • David Francis Faber

    Need to proof read your article. You mention under the heading “They Are Vancouver’s Oldest Natural Foods Restaurant” that the restaurant has been around since 1968 but then go on to say “Despite half a decade on the Vancouver food scene,” that would mean 5 years as a decade is 10 years. The restaurant has been around almost 50 years or half a century.It is almsot like when I went to a retailer the other day and gave the cashier a 20dollar bill for a item costing $8.15. She rang it in just as I reached into my pocket and said “I have the 15cents”. She looked at the register which showed I should get back $11.85 but tried to give me back $7.00. She could not figure out simple math. We need more funding for education.

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