Gaia Bistro Kerrisdale Review

Gaia Bistro is a little Mediterranean restaurant on West 41st, in the heart of Kerrisdale.

Craving Middle Eastern flavors, we had heard great things about Gaia from friends and other food bloggers. We had attempted to dine at Gaia on two previous occasions but unluckily for us, both days were holidays.

Their menu highlights dishes from Greece, Italy, the Middle East, North Africa, and southern France. Everything from shawarma and quiches, to lamb osso bucco and shakshuka entrées are offered.

Israeli born Chef and owner, Eran Rozen moved Vancouver to pursue his passion for cooking and just over a year ago Gaia Bistro was born!

Gaia Bistro

Longing for cuisine originating from our Middle Eastern travels, we both ordered Gaia’s Chicken Shawarma Plate ($13.95).  Definitely not your standard casual street-style shawarma/shwarma/shawerma plate you would usually come across in Vancouver. This particular dish was made with organic, locally-grown and exceptionally fresh ingredients.

Chicken Shawarma Plate

Severed with tabouli salad, Tunisian carrot salad, hummus and oven-roasted potatoes. The chicken was pan-seared and marinated in red wine, grenadine, and fresh herbs – savory and the tender chicken was perfectly cooked.  Just the right amount of healthy fare to feel satisfied, yet not overly-stuffed.

Blueberry Cheesecake

Their amazing blueberry cheesecake was from Trees Organic (a local Vancouver company). Chef Rozen makes all the other desserts daily (tarts and cakes).

Organic Coffee

Their excellent organic coffee was freshly ground and made to order. Service was attentive and our mint-infused water (always a nice touch to offer flavored water) was filled whenever it became low. Beer and wine are also on the menu.

Warm colors blanketed the walls and details did not go unnoticed to make us feel embraced by the Mediterranean spirit.

Overall, Gaia Bistro was a pleasant experience with bright, fresh flavors and attentive service. Gluten-free dishes, outdoor dining, and live music are also offered. They are open for lunch, dinner and dessert. Stop-by Gaia today for a delicious taste of the Mediterranean!

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  • That looks great! I love Israeli style middle-eastern food! I'd noticed that place a few weeks ago last time I was in Kerissdale (picking up bevy's across the street at the liquor store XD), now I'll have to check it out! Thanks for the tip!

  • Awesome! Glad we could help. Let us know what you order – I’d love to hear about how their other dishes taste!

  • Lyle Lexier

    Hello there,
    I once was here for lunch and the meal was great.
    I would love to work for you, starting out as a volunteer cleaning tables, dishes, pots, and sweeping and mopping the floors and washrooms. I am fluent in Hebrew at about Shalav Gimmel level. I could volunteer at your restaurant and in return practise my Hebrew.
    Bye for now,
    Lyle Lexier (a member of Ahavat Olam synagogue)
    604-408-9469
    [email protected]

  • TaraT

    I purchased coupons from Grooster for Gaia Bistro. I ate lunch there before the food was fairly good, so the coupons seemed great. There was fine print including that they were good for dinner and dine in only and that there was a limit of 1 per 2 people or 2 for 4 or more people. I went in to use the coupon solo, and I was told that there was a restriction that there had to be at least 2 people. Nowhere on the coupon (or on the grooster website) does it state this. I pointed this out, the staff checked with the owner and they would not honour it. I will NEVER be dining here again, as this is incredibly poor service, considering this was not stipulated anywhere. The food is good enough, but if you want proper service/treatment/etc. I would suggest you go somewhere else.