Hungry In Halifax – Searching For Delicious Vegan Food
On our recent trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia, we chose to stay in an Airbnb so that we could prepare most of our own meals. However, we planned a couple of nights out to get a taste of the local flavors. Finding vegan food in this seaside city proved easier than we expected. We visited two, high-quality restaurants that offer way more than salads.
The Wooden Monkey
The Wooden Monkey has a reputation for healthy, hyper-local ingredients. Owners Lil MacPherson and Christine Bower proactively support local farmers and healthy, sustainable food. The attractive space has large windows letting in lots of natural light, warm colors and rustic wood floors. It’s just funky enough to give it a modern vibe. There’s an extensive beer, wine and cocktail list to satisfy one’s search for some alcoholic joie de vivre.
The Monkey has a great menu with everything from pizza to pasta, sandwiches, salads and seafood. For a delicious appetizer, the vegan tacos are a delicious mix of walnut taco “meat”, peppers, tomato and cashew cream in a napa cabbage taco “shell”. The seitan “burger” is nestled in a soft, fresh pita with onion, lettuce, tomato and vegan cheese surrounded by a huge pile of “roasties” – roasted french fries. If you’re not too full, share the blueberry crisp for dessert – sweet, delicious wild blueberries under a crisp blanket of oats, spelt and seeds.
The Wooden Monkey has two locations:
1707 Grafton Street, Halifax, NS
Ferry Terminal – 2nd level, 88 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, NS
En Vie A Vegan Kitchen
This classy little place in the North End of Halifax has a hip vibe, friendly staff and delicious, fresh, vegan food. In fact, En Vie would feel completely at home in a neighborhood in Boston or San Francisco. We rejoiced at having vegan options in Halifax and surrounds.
All the food is made from scratch from local, organic, non-GMO ingredients. We devoured the vegan dumplings as an appetizer with craft cocktails. A special, warm couscous salad was a Mediterranean delight, served with a side of crispy brussels sprouts. The Pad Thai with crunchy veggies and spicy sauce, a regular menu item, is as beautiful as it is tasty.
Portions are generous so we had leftovers for lunch the next day! We were too full for dessert but they have three scrumptious vegan desserts for those who still have room after the meal.
En Vie A Vegan Kitchen is located at 5775 Charles St., Halifax, NS