Inside Zaatar w Zeit's first North American location in Vancouver (PHOTOS)

Nov 26 2019, 5:07 pm

Popular Lebanese chain Zaatar w Zeit is about to officially open its 77th location — in Vancouver — and it’s the brand’s first-ever outpost in North America.

Two years after we spotted signage at 531 Granville Street, the new downtown Vancouver eatery is about ready to greet anyone who wants to get a taste of his big and beautiful menu.

After what we tasted today, we think this Lebanese export might become one of your regular spots for grab-and-go lunches, or affordable filling meals in general.

Zaatar W Zeit

Hanna McLean/Daily Hive

Founded in Lebanon in 1999, Zaatar W Zeit puts emphasis on fresh, healthy eats, and urges customers to focus on eating together.

Unlike other fast-casual chains, Zaatar W Zeit has ample – and more importantly comfortable – seating for 65 people.

The new downtown store offers grub for every occasion: breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, snacks, and dinner.

The internationally-celebrated restaurant has a hefty menu of eats, and impressively, the wraps, breads, soups, desserts, and dips are all made in house.

Pre-packaged salads, soups (pro tip: you can ask them to warm it up for you), wraps, half-wraps, juices, sodas, and water are all available in the sizeable grab-and-go section on the right side of the restaurant.

Zaatar W Zeit

Hanna McLean/Daily Hive

Zaatar W Zeit

Hanna McLean/Daily Hive

Zaatar W Zeit

Hanna McLean/Daily Hive

Zaatar W Zeit

Hanna McLean/Daily Hive

Patrons can expect classic Lebanese street food options like falafel, shawarma, wraps, flatbread pizzas, and fresh salads along with Manousheh, Z Kenefeh (sweet sesame flatbread, melted cheese, kenefeh crumbs, drizzled with either maple or sugar syrup), Halloumi, Za’atar, and Halawah too.

Snacks at Zaatar W Zeit consist of housemade hummus is several varieties, multigrain crackers, Labneh dip, Tuna Tajen, Lentil dip, and even veggie sticks.

Zaatar W Zeit

Classic Zaatar (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Zaatar W Zeit

Lebanese Coffee (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

It’s also relatively affordable. A salad or wrap here runs you around $12, while the flatbreads range from $11.99 to $14.99.

If you just want a snack, we’d recommend pairing it with Zaatar W Zeit’s Lebanese Coffee made with 100% Arabica beans, and you can choose regular, decaf, and cardamom varieties.

Customers can also get regular coffee, cappuccinos, espressos, Americanos, teas, and special housemade Melted Chocolate.

Zaatar W Zeit

Mediterranean Flatbread Pizza (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Zaatar W Zeit

Z Kenefeh (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

When it comes to dessert you’ll find a Seasonal Fruit Cup, Cheesecake, Tiramizu, Chocolate Moussecake, Ashtalieh (cream pudding dessert with nuts) and Chick-O-Late Hummus made from chickpea puree with soymilk, cocoa, and maple syrup (it’s awesome).

Zaatar W Zeit officially opens on November 29 at 7 pm, although you might find it open if you happen to stroll by before then.

Zaatar W Zeit

Hanna McLean/Daily Hive

Zaatar W Zeit

Hanna McLean/Daily Hive

Zaatar W Zeit

Address: 531 Granville Street, Vancouver

Instagram