This quote, taken from the homepage of Lost + Found's website is really the essence of what Lost + Found is all about. This expansive space, located on Hastings St. in Gastown was opened by Kane Ryan, a world-wide traveller who is the brains behind the "Dirty Wall Project", a non-for-profit organization that assists with immediate needs of people in the countries he travels to (click here for more information).
The space serves a number of purposes. There is a retail space, filled with items from all different parts of the world, with all profits going to charity. All are invited to come in for coffee or chai and peruse travel books while watching documentaries on a large screen at the back of the store. At night, the space is transformed into a venue that can fit 150 people for art shows, guest speakers and others community events.
Lastly, they also do a full-service lunch which is what brought myself and two friends to Lost
+ Found this week. Their menu, written up on a floor-to-ceilings white board of sorts, changes at intervals but always includes a variety of sandwiches and salads. They also have a daily soup, a few smoothies and an array of baked goods to choose from. Their specialty is their house-made buns which are a twist on the owner's Grandma's bread recipe, which come in both sweet (think cinnamon buns) and savoury varieties. There is certainly no reason to leave this place hungry!
They also serve up great coffee and other caffeinated beverages which you can find out more about by visiting my previous blog here.
Service is friendly and also quite efficient. Orders are placed at the counter and food is delivered to your table. We easily had our food within 5 minutes of ordering, making this place great for those grabbing a quick bite on their lunch break. We were in less of a hurry and felt quite welcome to stay and chat for over an hour.
We sampled a nice variety of their lunch items and their baked goods. My friends both enjoyed a sandwich, made on a savoury bun of their choice. One paired it with a soup and the other, a salad. I chose a lunch salad, complete with lentils, quinoa, sunflower seeds and a generous helping of goat cheese feta (sorry, it was so yummy I gobbled it down before taking a pic!). We also treated ourselves to some baked goods, which were all yummy. I loved their giant oatmeal chocolate chip cookies which were soft, chewy and choc-full of still-melting chocolate chips. Yum!!!
So if you are getting tired of your brown-bag lunch, I definitely recommend Lost + Found Cafe for food that is fast, affordable healthy and, most importantly, delicious. While you are there, you can also check out all of the other great stuff that they have going on. You may find yourself leaving with not only a full belly but also a full heart and spirit.