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Review: First, the good parts: It's an all-vegan restaurant on a lovely street in a nice and convenient part of town. Service is friendly. The menu is huge and varied and draws on many different world cuisines. The problem is, with nearly every dish I tried, I got the impression that they were so focused on adding their own new twists that they let the basics slide somewhat. The samosas were filled with spinach rather than the usual potatoes, which is fine, but the filling was watery and too salty. The hot and sour soup was extremely sour and only minimally hot. "Spicy Szechuan seitan nuggets" were not at all bad, but neither particularly spicy nor at all Szechuan. My tofu burger was the most curious of all, and nearly impossible to eat as it was served to me. It was stacked at least six inches high with pieces of baked tofu and roasted vegetables much smaller in area than the bun, and cut in half except for the bottom of the bun. Each half was held together with a wooden skewer, and the skewers were joined at the top with a slice of orange. How on earth is anyone supposed to eat that? It's far too big to fit into anyone's mouth, so it's necessary to remove some of the layers and eat them separately, which requires removing the skewers (which you need to do anyway to get the orange slice off), which means the whole thing falls apart. And by the time I had finally polished off one of the halves, the juices from the roasted vegetables had dribbled down the other half and made the bottom bun all soggy. I found myself wondering if what I had ordered was actually a joke dish designed to lure unsuspecting newcomers into making messy spectacles of themselves trying to eat it. I do understand why so many people like this place for its originality and variety. But if you want good, basic food done right, you might be better off someplace else.