We found this cafe on Happy Cow and it was rated highly on trip advisor, so we expected it to be above average.. The descriptions in the menu sounded pretty good, however as a vegan my choices were fairly limited.
I chose the tofu salad with peanut sauce. When it first came out, I was immediately disappointed and thought that my 6year old nephew would actually do a far better job in putting this salad on a plate. To call it a peanut sauce was a stretch. There was a faint peanut taste but I think the rest of the peanuts had gone on holiday or something. Luckily I really like iceberg lettuce, don't really remember there being much else apart from tomatoes and the fried tofu.
My partner had the veggie pasta option. I tried a mouthful without any cheese and it was pretty tasty. Portion size was very small for the price though.
The atmosphere wasn't anything to write home about, so all up, I'm surprised by the high rating on trip advisor.
There was also a very skinny dog sitting out the front that the staff kept moving away. She was a really lovely dog despite being homeless and looking like she had recently had pups. She wasn't annoying customers in any way so I wasn't too impressed with the staff.... It is Pai after all!! I got her a meal up the road and fed it to her away from the restaurants. If you see her, please do the same as her waist is tiny.
Won't be going back to this cafe but would love to return to Pai someday :) The desserts sounded great but I'm not sure if they were vegan friendly.
Updated from previous review on Thursday May 17, 2012
Cons: Lackluster salads, Not really animal friendly