Respond to Review of Bright Star
Review: I have always passed by this restaurant because I live in the area. After looking up online reviews, I was sure it was going to be great because it often receives 4-5 stars. I'm not sure why. I ordered a thai iced tea, which was my favorite part of the meal. It was decent enough. I also ordered an 8.99 dinner special of pad Thai, which came with some greasy, soggy fried rice, 1 eggroll (the 2nd best part of the meal), and some wilted lettuce with thousand island dressing. The Pad Thai was disgusting. Bloated noodles covered in a sticky, oily brown sauce that was overly sweet with only 3 chunks of bland tofu. It tasted much like the freezer version from trader joe's, only 1/4 of the portion of something you can buy for just a couple of bucks. Then came the worst part, the rice. My boyfriend and I agreed that not only was it oily, stale, cold and unappetizing, but it had a very soapy, dingy taste to it, much like the smell of laundry water. The lettuce on the side of the meal was wilted and the dressing wasn't very good. He ordered the red curry with soy beef and he also did not like it. Again, just a few tiny pieces of soy beef. I read this place was "affordable, inexpensive.."... 8.99 each for a few sprinklings of ingredients and 2 plates of food left less than half eaten is not a good deal, in fact overpriced and expensive (And we both usually finish EVERYTHING at restaurants..I hate wasting food). The waitress never came to refill our water, no smiles, was not a good atmosphere. The moment I tasted the food I wished I could have returned it. There are other vegan options in the area with fresh ingredients and good portion sizes. I am shocked by the positive response to such an overrated, typical place. There are many restaurants like this in the L.A. area that give vegan food a bad rep. with their unoriginal menus and un-fresh offerings. Oh, and thanks for handing me a leather billfold in a "vegan" establishment.