As part of a team building exercise, my boss KB, coworker AM and I went to Nuba at Hastings & Cambie for lunch. It’s been awhile since I last had food from Nuba. I still remember it was a lunch catering at the office and I only had a quick taste of its food and was intrigued. Finally a chance to sit down and try the food again.
Because it was just a quick lunch, we each ordered a Pita. It was pretty big in size, at least for me it was more than enough for lunch. I ordered Lamb Hushwie, which is sauteed lamb – more like ground lamb meat. It comes with onions, peppers, pine nuts and hummus.
There was a lot of meat actually, with a healthy serving of lettuce and tomatoes. The meat was flavourful and I enjoyed it with the hummus and pickle. And I liked the little crunch the pine nuts added to the wrap. I ordered my hot sauce on the side, and thankfully I did. It does has some heat so it would’ve been too spicy for me had it been added directly to the wrap. Overall, even though it’s a meat wrap, it’s a very healthy option for lunch.
KB and AM each ordered a Chicken Tawook. But they just chowed down the wrap, without giving me any opportunity to take a photo first. From the looks of it, it has a decent serving of chicken breast chunks, and they both seemed to really enjoy it.
The pita bread is very thin, yet it held the content very well. However, you need to do it right in order for it to work. You cannot loosen up the wrapping paper – halfway through their pitas, KB’s and AM’s started to fall apart and it got a little messy. It’s similar to eating a burrito, where you’re supposed to slowly peel the tinfoil that wraps the burrito. Same here, just roll the wrapping paper down and you’re good. By using this technique, mine was tightly wrapped and didn’t make a mess.
The restaurant is located at the corner of West Hastings and Cambie. Judging by its entrance I was expecting a small space, but as soon as you head downstairs, you’ll see a decent sized dining room. You’d feel nice and relaxed sitting there.
Despite it’s a sit-down meal, we didn’t wait long for the food to arrive. I’d say it took us just over 30 minutes to grab a lunch there. It would take even less time if you were not busy taking food pictures. KB and AM basically had to wait for me to finish my wrap.
While I cannot comment on the authenticity of the food, the ingredients were fresh and the food was tasty. I also realize that the menu items are some healthy options, and many are suitable for vegetarians. A good lunch spot in Gastown and would like to go back again for more.
207 West Hastings Street (at Cambie), Vancouver