To me, “The Foundation” sounds like it it goes against the grain of what this establishment is all about. Colloquially known as just “Foundation”, this hipster hive caters predominantly to vegetarians, but don’t let that give you the wrong impression.
The above photo only really shows half of the girth of the restaurant. It’s a large space that still manages to be full more often than not, even well into the night. It actually almost seems like two store fronts were connected to create the large area that is now Foundation.
It gets a little dim inside once the sun has gone down, with much of the light coming from candles only. I’m thinking the low lighting only adds to the vibe of deep conversations under the veil of loud music.
Between the mishmash of unmatched tables and chairs, the most notable decor details are the quotes in big picture frames all over the walls.
The menu is broken down into bean heavy dishes on the top, followed by green vegetables and grains, sided then by sweets and ending on boozy concoctions.
This particular occasion was punctuated by the mass of people that turned up for the twitter meetup (tweetup). Everyone was dialed in on one particular menu item and that was the nachos. Even though there is a marked lack of meat on these cheesy tortilla triangles, that fact does little to hold these back from being some of the best nachos in the city (at least so far in my experience). Foundation takes the science of maximum surface area to new heights by ensuring that the nachos chips are spread out and generously covered with cheese and seasoned beans. If you can have only one thing at Foundation, make sure it’s this dish!
My recommendation for salad would definitely be the Goman. Spinach and whole chickpeas tossed in a sesame dressing and generously garnished with toasted sesame seeds. Definitely not your average gomae salad, this offshoot is just sweet enough and packed full of flavour. I will be the first to admit that I am a terrible vegetarian (because I am not a vegetarian) but between the nachos and this dish, the switch would not have to be as shocking as I fear it to be.
The friend next to me at our extended table ordered the chocolate fondue. I only snagged a bit of pear to dip into the chocolate sauce, but it was a nice change up from the nachos and salad. A viable option for those dining late night.
The chocolate fondue was reminiscent of those chocolate fountains you might see at weddings or special events.
There you have it. Foundation. Great for a late night snack and/or chat.
2301 Main Street