Vancouver’s Favourite Vegan Friendly Vegetarian Restaurant
It’s more than just the food at Panz Veggie. I’ve been a few times now but yesterday’s was extra special. I was having a rough day full of anxiety, low blood sugar, very, very hungover and getting a cold. I was hoping some good clean food from Panz would set me straight.
My hands started going numb and losing colour, my heart started racing, my vision started going wonky and I thought I was going to throw up. I tried to stand and told my Fiancee we needed to leave. As she was settling up my legs started to give out and I thought I was going to lose consciousness. Something was really wrong, I couldn’t talk. My Fiancee asked if she should call an ambulance and I nodded yes…
This is where Panz magic came out. The owner could tell something was wrong and she rushed over and immediately asked permission to perform Chi quong on me. So here I am thinking I am dying and the owner and server are standing over me doing their best to heal me. I could feel the warmth of her hovering hands and the chanting in my hears. I was full of fear and thoughts of too soon…
The Paramedics arrived and took me to the hospital where my loving Fiancee sat by my side as we waited for test results to come back. I was released later that evening after having a massive panic attack. I wish this on no one.
We walked back to get our car but I stopped by the flower shop to get some flowers to say thanks for her caring Chi and to apologize for making a scene. She wouldn’t accept the apology but smiled and thanked me for the flowers. We talked for awhile. She invited us to stay but after such a traumatic day I just needed to go home. She insisted on making us some clean vegan food to take home instead. We sat in the same seat where the incident happened earlier, she poured us some tea and we talked.
We thanked her for the food but before we left I asked: “may I ask your name?” She replied, “Livia without the O”.
That is a name of a beautiful stranger no more.
Bless you Livia.
See you soon.
Hello Livia, I miss your food so much. I haven’t been in Vancouver in a while since my doctor’s care was transferred back home in Chilliwack. I absolutely loved your food! Also, I like your latest renovation, looks very nice! Anyways thanks again for all the oranges and food in the past.
Your are the perfect Host and your kitchen turns out the best vegan food I have eaten in years.
The taste-buds haven’t been as happy in years. Can hardly wait for my next visit.
We need to get the word out there- let the Vancouverites know what real vegetarian food should taste like.
May you go from strength-to-strength.
I want to try everything on the menu. I can do this, because it’s all vegan.
Even meat eaters will find great food to eat here. Not your average Asian food by a long shot. Yummy yummy goes good in my tummy!
I wished for good clean Chinese food to heal my stomach. I got it. Thanks god.
Much healthier then most and the owner is a great person ! Can’t go wrong
Panz Veggie was a wonderful surprise during a stop over in Vancouver. The restaurant prepared wonderful vegan food that surpassed every expectation I had.
A warm atmosphere and the food is quite unique and amazing. I am a chef and I am continually returning here (I live in the block) to try to decipher the flavours. The lunch special is an excellent deal, I walk away stuffed for under ten bucks.
The service is always fine for me, it isn’t speedy, but when one is trying to make money with a restaurant you have to stay a bit understaffed and do most of the work yourself (as a restaurant owner).
PanzVeggie genuinely serves delicious vegetarian dishes. My favourites are the Veggie Hot Pots. Sheila always asks me if I want it spicy or not. Besides serving me a memorable meal, she is courteous & friendly. The first time that I walked into PanzVeggie and asked for a menu, Sheila simply asked me to pull up a chair & join her. She is the most approachable person whom I have met in Vancouver. Great personality & great chef…
Very reasonable prices and good portions. Very nice place. Will go back often.
I came in with no expectations and was blown away by the delicious food. My boyfriend, a former cook, told me the ingredients were quite fresh and that the food contained no MSG. It’s healthy, wonderfully tasty and the tall blond guy who served us had excellent service, very polite and unforced. It’s a very refreshing change from the “I don’t care” attitude and the fake, insincere friendliness I see normally in restaurants. People in other more expensive restaurants should take notes — the service provided a very good image for the restaurant. Will be back for sure.
My husband and I stumbled across Panz on the way home from Granville Island one day and as a new Vegan all I have to say is Thank the Lord! The food here is delicious and it is so great to be able to walk into a restaurant and be able to order anything on the menu.
The Wonton soup is my favourite thing on the menu so far. I hadn’t found anywhere that made this Vegan and was a little nervous to try one of my former favourites… It is so amazing! The broth is great, the wontons have such a great, almost meaty flavour and quality to them. And the portion is huge for what you are paying. We ordered a large and there had to be about fifteen Wontons. E asily enough for three to four servings.
My husband is the total opposite of a Vegan and even he can’t get over how amazing their fried rice is. You can’t tell the difference between it and the traditional meat version. And hello, pine nuts on top? Yes please. They aren’t overwhelming in the least and just add a little something to the whole dish.
I’ve tried many of the other dishes but these are definitely my favourite if I am in the mood for comfort food, Chinese style.
We have never dined in the restaurant but have always gotten take out. Two thing I will mention are that the lids to the Wonton Soup never seem to stay on properly so give them a once over and try to keep them as flat as possible in your car. Also, when they say your order will be 10 minutes, give them 20. It’s worth the wait!
Thanks Allen and Sheila! We had a birthday dinner for our friend at Panz last night and wanted to thank you both for making it so amazing.
The food portions were huge (thanks Allen for pushing that on our boyfriends – we almost ended up with WAY too much food) and it was seriously affordable – 2 girls and 2 guys ate until we were uncomfortable, had enough leftovers for one lunch, and had all that for $20/person including a 20% tip!
Our omnivore boyfriends were more than impressed (especially with the chopstick “chicken drumsticks”!) and it was so nice to be able to go to a restaurant and not have to eat a gross veggie burger. Everything came out piping hot and it was still great cold for lunch the next day.
Thanks to Sheila for coming out at the end to see how everything was and chatting with us. And Allen, thanks for sharing Whitney Houston with us 🙂
What a wonderful meal we had today and it was Mother’s Day.
This restaurant features healthy, ethical, and local produce. It was like eating home made Chinese food which when you are non-Asian is a real treat. The food is beautiful in color, texture and flavours, light but saucy.
The staff is very courteous and humble and even quirky funny. I liked the ambience of all people in the restaurant, families enjoying the meals together and of the staff passing by with delicious looking meals that I will have to come back to try again.
To top it off we were told we get 15% at the end of our meal for bringing our mother in with us, what a nice little surprise.
My favorites were the Spring rolls, Almond and Cashew Hard tofu and the Braised Mushroom with bamboo shoot roots and green vegetable.
The menu lacks description, so I thought I’d kick off this review with some descriptions:
Laughing Tiger: vegetables: carrots, celery, potatoes, lotus root and baby corn mixed with tofu skin in a light sauce and lots of ginger
Colourful commentary: It sounds like the “Tigers Nest” dish located under laughing tiger is similar, except with lots of vermicelli. Thought this dish could have used a rice or noodle dish to compliment.
Tofu Skin Hot Pot: a clay pot full of tofu skin, deep fried tofu, 4 different types of mushrooms and bamboo shoots.
Colourful Commentary: It’s obviously hot, but the mushrooms bring lots of different textures.
Spring Rolls: deep fried with a sweet/sour sauce. Julienne carrots and celery inside.
Colourful commentary: These would be ideal if the excess oil was blotted. Ask for double the sweet/sour sauce, even though they might think you’re a strange bird, it tastes better with more sauce!
Complimentary Soup: Seaweed and bean sprout in a veggie broth.
Oh and the tea – the tea was awesome!
Every time I’m downtown I get flustered trying to find a place to eat. Most of Vancouver is vegan-friendly, but downtown, not so much. I was excited to hear about Panz. I was definitely not disappointed.
The menu was interesting and my partner and I had a hard time choosing. He had the Tigers Nest and I had the 3 Wise Mushroom Chow Mein. We also had friend wontons as an appetizer. You get bean sprout soup with your meal, as well. It’s just a small bowl of a really light and fresh tasting broth with – you guessed it – bean sprouts in it. I can’t say that I’ve had something like that before, but I liked it.
I love spicy food so I asked for my chow mein to be made spicy even though there was no little chile next to it on the menu like some of the other things. We got our food and they had accidentally spiced up my partner’s meal instead of mine. It tasted great, though so we didn’t really care. We mentioned it to our server (who I think is the owner) and she offered to take our plates and fix it for us. We weren’t put out by it, so we just ate it as is. All of the vegetables were fresh and nothing was overcooked or over-sauced. I found the food to have a nice balance of flavors with nothing being too over-powering. Even spicing up the one dish added some extra dried chiles and more flavor, not just heat.
To her credit, the server/owner did seem concerned that we had extra chiles in the wrong dish and repeatedly offered to take it back and fix it with a promise to make sure the kitchen knows they made a mistake. She gave us a complimentary plate of lotus root (also delicious) to make up for the mistake as well as a complimentary dessert. I thought that was very nice considering we weren’t upset by it in the least. I really liked the server/owner as well. She was quite warm and friendly.
The restaurant itself is quite clean and not at all hard to find. I thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the atmosphere. The prices were also quite good and the food came quickly. If I remember correctly it was $5 per appetizer and $10 per main. I will definitely be coming back here again.
Somehow, at the back of my mind, I thought I had already written a review of Panz – because it deserves to be reviewed! This place is just steps from where we live, and it’s vegetarian, so a review is essential.
We went just about an hour before closing – there were a few other tables of diners, but it was relatively quiet. We got a seat by the front window. Not an especially great view on Hornby Street, but we still felt privileged!
We ordered the Buddha’s Feast, spring rolls, and three kinds of mushroom and fresh vegetable Chow Mein, based somewhat on the recommendations of the waiter. The food arrived quite quickly, and we stuffed ourselves – and had enough left over for lunch the next day.
One of the owners came by to chat and see how we were doing – she was friendly and told us how glad she was to have us there. Because the restaurant is actually vegan (not just ‘veggie’, as the name implies), there is no dairy, no eggs, and no alcohol – so I don’t think the lack of booze has anything to do with licensing. She also said that although they don’t have a delivery service yet, they could deliver to our building, just next door, if we wanted.
Will certainly be back for another visit – there’s so much I want to try!!