Respond to Review of Van Hahn Vegetarian Restaurant
Review: I have only been here a few times and I have had such extremes in the experiences that I am not sure if I will go back. Actually I am sure to go back, but I am not as excited about the place as the first time I went there. It has AMAZING mock meats!!! That is the best part. And the prices are great. You get good portions for your money. Even my husband who is a voracious eater, went home satisfied. The service is super slow but it can be worth it if it is a good day. The first time I went we got the Pho and the Kung Pao mixed meats dish. They were both too good for words, especially the Kung Pao, full of a variety of fresh, perfectly cooked vegetables and of course, the mock meats were fabulous. The second time we went there, we just got some Buns, dumplings and Sushi rolls and Egg rolls to go. The dipping sauces were awesome, but the egg roll was even oilier than I've ever had at any other place and the Buns and dumplings were definitely microwaved while prewrapped in plastic. So first of all they are not made fresh and worst of all they are full of leached toxins from plastic wrap being microwaved. The Buns did taste pretty good aside from the sort of crustiness of the microwave. I wold highly recommend buying the buns to go(do not preorder them or they will heat them up for you, just get them at the pay counter)and steam them or heat them up yourself. I had never had Vietnamese dumplings before and I did not enjoy them. Very HEAVY but really filling if you want something cheap to fill your belly. The third time I went, we ate in and got more buns, tried the egg rolls and Kung pao mixed meats again. The egg roll was much better (less oily) but the Kung Pao had way less vegetable variety and also had a less variety of meats. I don't know what happened. I guess the just had less available that day or something. SO I will try it again to see if it is that the quality of the food has just gone downhill or if it was just a bad day. Overall, don't expect fast or friendly service and because of the language barrier, don't make any special request. Point to things in the menu and speak clearly and slowly. It is WONDERFUL to have a pure vegetarian vietnamese place in SE!!! I am praying that the first exerience I had there is repeated because that was one of the best meals I ever ate!!