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Respond to Review of Casa de Luz
by MatthewKern

Review: Man, is it refreshing to go to an all vegan restaurant. It's like being normal again. No need to ask what is in things, no need to get excited about a dish only to find out it has some obscure and unnecessary ingredient that comes from butterfat. Just being able to eat whatever you damn-well please. This was exactly like that... sorta. Hmm. I loved this restaurant, and would consider it in my top 5 restaurants of all time. I loved the buffet(ish) style, but I could see how some people wouldn't really enjoy it. I really wish I could have stayed in Austin longer to give it another go. This is how the setup worked: -You get a token for $12 -You serve yourself salad, soup, and a choice of water or tea (tea was excellent) -You sit down, enjoy your soup and salad -Someone brings you a plate of assorted food in exchange for your token (this day it was bean and corn empanadas with a coconut sauce, steamed collards with a delectable dressing, red onion and cilantro garnish for the empanadas, and seasoned black beans. Everything was incredible.) -When you finish your plate, you take it inside, and exchange it for another, specifying what you would like more of. (this process can be repeated until you are good and full) -After this there are deserts like tarts and pies, but they cost extra :( Although I really liked this as an orientation to the place, I could see this eating style getting a little old. I understand that on weekdays they have more of a traditional sit-down-service style. One of the best things about this place is the setting. It is in a building that seems to be at the back of a monastery type arrangement (we even saw quite a few monks while there). You walk through an incredible, serene, zen garden. The larger building located in front of the restaurant houses yoga classes, massage therapy, and a daycare (I believe). The atmosphere is equally as incredible as the food All in all Casa de Luz was an incredible experience, and I will definitely return when I'm back in town. Oh yeah, my omnivore friends liked it a lot too.

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