Nuba: Nearly 20-Years of Creating Authentic Middle Eastern Cuisine

Nuba: Nearly 20-Years of Creating Authentic Middle Eastern Cuisine

In a small 15-seat restaurant on Hastings Street, Victor Bouzide founded Nuba nearly 20 years ago with a desire to spread the goodness of his grandmother’s cooking. Today, Nuba continues to grow and share its delicious dishes in four communities in Vancouver – Gastown, Mount Pleasant, Yaletown, and Kitsilano.

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Nuba’s people-watching patio in Yaletown | Image: Nuba

With the patio season well underway, we felt it was time to revisit one of our favourite Nuba locations – Yaletown! Foodie and team photographer Erica Wong accepted the assignment and enjoyed an incredible plant-based brunch menu on the breezy patio.

Let’s Dig into Plant-based Deliciousness at Nuba!

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Tabbouleh Salad: Hand-chopped parsley, tomatoes, green onions & burghul wheat in a lemon-mint dressing / Nuba Empress: Empress Gin, orange & lemon juice, lavender | Image: Erica Wong

 

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Najib’s Special: Crispy cauliflower tossed with lemon & sea salt. Served with tahini / Mushroom Hushwie: Caramelized mirepoix, sliced portobello & crimini mushrooms, cinnamon, mint & sumac. Served with hummus, avocado & herb tahini | Image: Erica Wong

 

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Baba Ganouj: Char-roasted eggplant & cherry tomatoes, pomegranate reduction, garlic, lemon & mint | Image: Erica Wong

 

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Garden Falafel: Victor’s secret recipes of organic chickpeas, fava beans, veggies & spices. Served with hummus & avocado / Rosato Spritz: Prosecco, Esquimalt Dry Vermouth, creme de cassis | Image: Erica Wong

International Hummus Day?

Did you know that hummus has its own day? May 13th is the day of recognition for this versatile and tasty dish. The main ingredient – chickpeas – are a fantastic source of protein, fibre, and other essential amino acids, and are low in fat. Nuba only uses 100% traceable Kabuli chickpeas grown by Canadian farmers and sourced by local artisan flour mill and bakery, Flourist. Since the first location of the Lebanese eatery opened almost two decades ago, it’s become renowned for its tried and true version of the Middle Eastern staple, and now, fans can enjoy it at home.

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Nuba’s Hummus Trio | Image: Nuba

Hummus for Days!

Nuba’s Trio of Hummus – Classic Lebanese, Spicy Green (Herb & Jalapeno), and Tangy Sweet (Pomegranate & Sumac) made it to the finals in Vancouver Magazine’s Made in Vancouver Awards 2022. This delectable trio is available through Spud Delivers, Be Fresh, and Organic Acres Market. Never be without again!

 

If you are looking for authentic, satisfying, plant-based Middle Eastern food, order in from the Nuba website or visit any of their four locations around the Lower Mainland.

Featured image by photographer Erica Wong.

Author Profile

Helen Siwak, Plantbased Food & Beverages
Helen Siwak, Plantbased Food & Beverages
Helen Siwak is passionate about plantbased culinary, promoting a vegan lifestyle, shopping secondhand, and supporting eco-activists. Her plate is full as founder and president of EcoLuxLuv Comms (Folio.YVR Luxury Lifestyle Magazine, EcoLuxLifestyle.co). [email protected].
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