Vegan Review: Finch’s Tea & Coffee House, Pender & Homer, Vancouver, BC

Finch’s is one of those places that you go to for lunch with your ex-lover, or your little sister, and sit there having a nice chat while eating a beautifully constructed sandwich. The decor is delicate and feminine and antique, like your great-grandmother’s house – kind of falling apart but lovely and full of classic wood. It’s such a beautiful spot, and it’s staffed by softspoken, well-dressed, and good-looking people. Finch’s is a lunch restaurant, so it’s only open ’til five, and there’s almost always a lineup – especially during prime lunch hours – and it’s very difficult to get a table, but if you can, it’s well worth it.

There is only one vegan option at Finch’s. It’s not listed, but if you ask at the till, the staff invariably knows. If you’re not vegan, you can eat pears and brie, or cured meats, but for us herbivorous types, they make a sandwich with ripe avocado, fresh greens, toasted walnuts, red onion, and tomato. It’s a version of their “full vegetarian” sandwich, but they replace the cheese with walnuts and the dijon-mayo with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The result is a delicate and fresh sandwich, full of flavour, not heavy or overwhelming in any way, but enjoyable to the last bite. And the atmosphere doesn’t hurt.

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