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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Address: 531 Granville Street, Vancouver