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Respond to Review of One World Vegetarian Cuisine
by beansandpotatoes

Review: Well, it's actually not so "little" anymore; after the expansion last yr, it's now a spacious, medium-sized restaurant, but with its same friendliness and charm (and good food) :) The staff, decor (Polynesian), and food all give you a good, peaceful feeling (so long as u don't eat too much, which I often do there, unable to pass on their super desserts :) The goodwill and peacefulness r intentional. While they don't push it (though there are brochures available next to the single flat-screen showing their channel), the staff/owners r "disciples" of Supreme Master Ching Hai. As an atheist, I came to veganism on purely ethical, not religious or spiritual grounds, so I don't share any reverence for this or any "Supreme Master" (indeed, I'm more than a lil skeptical about Ching Hai, a heavily made-up, wealthy Asian woman, now with dyed blond hair, whom some regard as a cult leader (lk her up online), but Ching Hai and her adherents at One World r big promoters of peace, love, and vegetarianism, and I have a lot of reverence for their food :) While I have eaten some "misses" at One World (been about a half-dozen times in the last few yrs), most are "hits." In fact, the only really bad miss I can recall is trying their special veggie "turkey" around Txsgiving a couple yrs ago, and it wasn't good :( I hope they've improved it since then. One World doesn't have the history or celebrity of RFD, or perhaps the elegance of Madeleine's in Tarzana (still need to get out there!), but for those of us in the SG Valley, I think One World may be the best (I say "maybe" cuz I obv haven't tried every place, but I have tried several out in these here parts). Today, we had the Zesty Serendipity Orange Chicken (wonderful, and so awesome in its taste and texture imitation of actual chicken), BBQ Chicken as appetizer (all their "chickens" are excellent imitators, inc. the rotisserie style I had on my last visit a few months ago), Stuffed Tomatoes (a longtime One World favorite), and Scrambled Tofu with Veggies (also good, except this dish had the frozen, grocery store pea & carrot mix with it-- I hate it when restaurants do that, although this was only One World dish which did this time), and of course their desserts. I hadn't tried their carrot cake before, and I'm glad we did today. It is excellent! Best vegan version I've had, and perhaps best carrot cake I've ever had. Smoothies r also good, too :) Although it's not perfect, I'm giving it 5 stars. Cuz it's my favorite :)

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