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Respond to Review of Fresh Mint
by jlo5616

Review: Fresh Mint used to be my favorite vegan restaurant in the valley in 2010. I loved their pad thai and their imperial rolls. The man (husband of the chef?) was always so friendly and nice and donned a Hawaiian shirt. But when I went gluten-free, I had little reason to go here. Their gluten-free menu is full of very plain, uninspired dishes, and the chef refuses to alter any gluten-containing dishes. When my doctor required me to eat gluten for 30 days for a celiac test in 2014, I was excited to rush back to Fresh Mint and relive what I had always called my favorite pad thai. Well, it was a huge disappointment. The man who was the face of the restaurant wasn't there the day I went. My imperial rolls tasted like they had gotten freezer burn, and even deep frying didn't remove that taste. The pad thai was the worst I'd ever had, gluten free or not. It literally tasted like ketchup had replaced their once-delicious pad thai sauce - it was overly tomato-y and vinegar-y with no other spices. The dish used to be loaded with colorful vegetables, peanuts bean sprouts, garnished with a fresh sprig of basil or mint and a lime wedge. But on this occasion, there were a few small vegetables, some peanuts, and a lemon wedge. The presentation was a mess - a heap of orange noodles - a big change from their once beautiful, colorful presentations. The only that that I actually enjoyed was the coconut tapioca pudding (their other desserts are vegetarian but not vegan). The prices are still mid-range, but the food is now low quality. It's very sad to say, but I won't be returning. Something major has changed with this restaurant and it's not for the better.


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