Respond to Review of CLOSED: Veggie Cafe
Review: For my part, I've been a veg and now vegan for over a decade, and until I moved out of state I dined at Suma all the time. I'd like to add my own two cents, in response to the reviews below, which I assume are genuine. First of all, they have always listed which items do and do not have dairy on their menu. Also, the curry at the lunch buffet should contain coconut milk - I will be in Dallas again in a few weeks and will verify with the owners, and post if I get a different response. I can't speak to the other poster's sickness after eating the food, but I nor anybody in my family have every felt sick eating there, and I used to eat there literally three to five times a week. I've never had greasy food there - only high quality vegan Chinese dishes. Finally, yes Philip is a bit "testy" sometimes. All I can say is he's from New York, so his attitude isn't exactly "Texas-friendly". He never bothered me - I just rolled with it - but I can understand how he might get under people's skin. I encourage everybody to try the restaurant out once - ask Elaine (Philip's wife who's there almost as often as he is) about each dish to verify that it's vegan. She speaks good English and is knowledgable of dietary issues (for example, she's always pointed out which items on the buffet are gluten-free for my wife). Thank you for your time in reading my review and supporting this establishment.
Posted by redman_vf on Friday, February 22, 2013
I would ask before you do any more reviews that you put your personal feelings about your experiences with Pat and Elaine aside and not just focus on how much you enjoyed the food and think about what I said and mostly, what you said before you try to contradict what others have said. I may not have mentioned, but I never had a problem with Philip, and I loved Elaine, but that doesn't change what happened and how things haven't been as they seem which you clearly, if unintentionally, lay out in your response.
You said "First of all, they have always listed which items do and do not have dairy on their menu. "
Their menu for the entire 6 years that I have dined there had stated "NO DAIRY - NO ANIMAL PRODUCTS". This was also on the door and on fliers under the glass of every table in the restaurant. Wouldn't this mean what it said? Did you read this some other way?
Also, if and when you do travel there, please ask if the curry was always vegan or if they used to use cow milk. Ask Elaine because she will be truthful now. Philip will just keep saying "Everything is vegan....No animal products" like he told me for years, but was not the case. If it was the case, I wouldn't have to ask like you suggest.
While I appreciate that you believed to have found a vegan oasis in the midst of the DFW area, it wasn't completely true. And though they are hopefully remedying this now, you really should check what it is you are saying and think about the implications before posting.