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Respond to Review of Padmanadi Vegetarian Restaurant
by EmStephenson

Review: My girlfriends and I had planned a trip to Edmonton for a weekend visit. As a fairly recent vegan, I am always excited to share "my" food with others so I searched for a restaurant in Edmonton that catered to the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle. I read awesome reviews about Padmanadi so I lured my friends there with the promise of great things. Oops. I can only comment on the dishes we ordered: The spring rolls were enjoyed but the Crispy Corn Cakes were not that crisp and very greasy. The Eggplant and Chinese Toon dish consisted of only eggplant, not other vegetables; the sauce was not to our liking. The Mixed Vegetable and Rice dish was tasty but unremarkable. The Mutton dish did not appeal to any of our taste buds, nor did the texture. The lemon "chicken" was enjoyed. Hair was found in two of the dishes; one of these dishes was quickly replaced without hesitation but not deducted from our bill. I will say that the restaurant is lovely, bright and airy; great ambience. The staff is awesome - attentive, friendly and knowledgeable about the food. The service was quick and timely. The presentation of the dishes was good. But I don't think I would eat there again. Being celiac as well as vegan left me with few choices, not just because many of the dishes were not gluten-free but because of the cross contamination in the kitchen. What was impressive is that the staff were well-versed in the dangers of gluten contamination and plenty of warning was given. It was a disappointing venture for us but, as I said, I can only comment on our food; their menu is quite extensive so I'm sure we missed some of the "jewels" available that would have been better suited to our taste buds!

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