Gorilla Food

101-436 Richards St.
604-684-3663

Rating: ***1/2
Reservations: no
Take-out: yes

What do Demi Moore and the Dalai Lama have in common? Aside from looking incredibly youthful for their ages — 48 and 75 respectively — they both adhere to a vegan diet that may have them celebrating this November. It’s World Vegan Month.

On a quest for the plant-derived fountain of youth, I ventured underground (literally) to Gorilla Food, a cosy organic-vegan-raw bar, to join in the global salute to veganism.

Imagining what the Dalai Lama might’ve chosen himself, I selected the Delhi Doubler ($11). Its grainy, walnut-hempseed patties were stacked and lathered with sweet, house-made, sun-dried-tomato ketchup. Topping the modest creation was the pièce de resistance: A creamy yet spicy cashew-curry sauce. The burger’s flourless bun is guilt-free, made simply with flax seed and a blend of vegetables:

Washing it all down was a meal in itself: The nutty Hempnotik Creamy Almond Shake ($6.25) with hemp protein and dates for mild sweetness. Toast veganism with a glass of this bubbly.