If you’ve ever been to London, then you’ve probably eaten at (or at least walked by) a Pret a Manger or two. They even have them in France, China and the US now. When you enter through the doors of Vancouver’s newest lunch destination, Peqish, you can tell it was loosely based around a similar philosophy as Pret, with its slick branding and fresh, appealing packaging. It adds a definitive touch of class (and healthiness) to “fast food,” something we all want / slash / need sometimes.

But honestly, Peqish might do it even better than its boutique British counterpart.

Firstly, they’re not a chain. Their polished branding might make you think otherwise, but this shop is owned by a team of passionate individuals who are dedicated to providing the freshest, tastiest food to busy and discerning Vancouverites each and every work day.

Everything here is made from scratch, right down to the ketchup. We like that Peqish is not only dedicated to making their products as fresh as possible, but also appreciate their mindset towards eliminating food waste and using foods in their entirety.

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If you’re the kind of person buying a salad everyday, we think you’re honestly going to love this place. Every salad we sampled was delicious, and whats more their portion sizes and price points are great. Who really wants to pay $8 for a bland take-out salad? Not us! The salads come in size varieties – salad boxes ($5.49), or salad boosters ($2.99) – depending on how hungry you are.

El Polo Loco Hot Wrap

Are wraps your thing? Then the fresh and innovative selection of flavors at Peqish are definitely worth exploring. The El Pollo Loco Hot Wrap pulled chicken ($6.49), made with black beans, corn, and “PQ” cheese blend was a standout for us, packing a ton of flavor with a little heat without being crazy spicy.

Peqish also offers a variety of healthy soups, hot and cold baguette sandwiches, and lunch boxes. We were rather impressed at the sheer variety of daily fresh options available for such a small operation, but clearly it helps having a Parisian trained chef (from Le Cordon Bleu) on the team, who also happened to have apprenticed under Wolfgang Puck. Chef Lisa Thompson, Director of Product Development at Peqish, has succeeded in creating a wholesome and flavor-forward menu, with many options that are gluten-free and vegetarian.

Oh, and did we mention their daily fresh baked goods, smoothies and chia water?? So. Good.

Peqish is open Monday through Friday, 6:00am to 6:00pm, making it ideal for a quick bite downtown, or stay and enjoy a meal on your lunch break. The restaurant also offers great breakfast options, like their Cheesey Bacon & Egg Flatbread ($3.99), made with bacon, egg, swiss, cheddar, and house made salsa. To go cups, vegan and gluten-free grains-to-go, as well as muffins and coffee are also available, making Peqish your one-stop shop for feel-good nibbles.

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XX – The Food Gays