Review: Bandidas Taqueria in Vancouver
While perusing Google searches for vegan and vegetarian restaurant in Vancouver, I came across the website for Bandidas Taqueria, a Mexican-inspired restaurant that doesn't have any meat on the menu. What I was most excited about is their vegan version of scrambled eggs: tofu and butternut squash scrambled together; opening up the possibilities that I could actually go to a restaurant for breakfast and not only be able to eat oatmeal. It was a pretty major life milestone for me.
I am currently interning at an online news organization, Canada Press, and part of my job requires me to write some reviews, so I was lucky enough to review Bandidas.
"Indie rock music drifts through Vancouver’s Bandidas Taqueria, greeting guests as they make their way across black and white checkered floorboards to tables flanked by recycled, mismatched furniture. The scent of fresh Spanish flavours—available only in vegetarian and vegan dishes—permeate the senses, assuring patrons that Bandidas is not your typical Mexican restaurant."
"The Hick’s Benny, one of the most popular breakfast items (made vegan) features the tofu and squash scramble with avocado on top of an English muffin, topped with a tomato sauce. The vegan scramble is a fairly similar texture to the avocado accompanying it, and strikes a delicious balance with the sweetness of the squash and creaminess of the tofu and the tart, rich sauce. Served with crunchy purple cabbage, lightly seasoned potatoes and a pinto bean side, the dish has a wonderful mix of flavours and textures and is so filling it’s a surprise the dish contains no animal products. All the corn tortillas used in the restaurant are made in house, with fresh ingredients that make for a thin yet densely soft and flavourful addition to the meal."
Pictured above is the Hick's Benny with the vegan scramble on top; it even looks pretty similar to scrambled eggs. I really can't say enough about how great the food was and can't wait to go back to try more.
Read the rest of my review for Canada Press here.