Respond to Review of Goji Vegetarian Cafe and Deli
Review: 25 years of vegetarianism have shown me how disappointing it can be to eat out. To be fair, things are generally much better these days - reasonable veggie lunchtime options are usually not a problem now. Try to venture beyond a pizza or a curry in an evening, however, and things become rather more tricky. More often than not, I end up with something that I could have done better at home (and I'm no good). I remember a grim vegetarian Xmas 'special' that consisted of a bit of defrosted budget quiche and a pile of watery veg. So it's a pleasure to report that York now has a decent vegetarian restaurant. I've used Goji during the day a few times since it opened last summer, and I've always enjoyed it. The quality of the food and the service has been up to scratch, and there's a deli at the front where you can find interesting stuff that you rarely see elsewhere. It's got a nice, friendly vibe too. They started opening for evening meals at Xmas 2009 and now open two or three evenings a week. My partner and I have dined there twice now, and each time has been excellent. The menu offered a reasonably varied choice, and we chose different dishes so that we could taste each other's food. The ingredients are clearly fresh and have been prepared with some care and imagination. All of it tasted pretty good, and it was noticeable on each occasion that other customers were making a point of saying so as well, without any prompting. If there were any drawbacks, they are too minor and insignificant to mention here, and only what you might expect of a relatively new venture branching out a little more. I'll certainly be going back. If you're a vegetarian (or a vegan), you should definitely go. If you're not, you should still go.