HARVEST COMMUNITY FOODS
243 Union St, Vancouver, BC
The 200 block of Union street in Chinatown has changed a lot in the last couple years. The whole block is now filled with boutique shops and restaurants with the exception of one remaining Chinese clothing store and an autoplan brokers. Harvest has been around since last summer, but it took me until now to set foot in the place.
Harvest Community Foods is a combination of a market and a cafe, which seems to be the trend lately in this neighborhood. I don’t know why anyone would come here for the “market” portion of the business, as they sell a totally random selection of products, some of which border on ridiculous. (Two cups of rolled oats in a mason jar…. why?).
But I heard that they added a mean Ramen to the cafe menu, and on a cold rainy day it was just what we were craving.
The Hazelnut Rice Noodles I had were delicious and really filling! And it was vegan! The sauce was made of ground Hazelnuts and it came with smoked chili oil. Considering that there are quite a few Vietnamese places close by to get a cheap bowl of noodles, the price was kind of steep. But I’m a sucker for Asian food with fancy ingredients, so I quite enjoyed it.
I give Harvest a NOM NOM.