too many drawbacks
Posted on 02 / 06 / 2013
I rarely review restaurants. However, since I feel safe when patronizing a Happy Cow restaurant and had several bad experiences in one visit, I felt inclined to tell my story. Poor service is not unusual;I became quite thirsty since my waiter left me alone for quite a long time and eventually went up to the counter and got in their face for more water. But when I felt that strange slightly paralytic sensation I get when I have ingested MSG, I decided I needed to review this restaurant and warn Happy cow people who may have very strong opinions about MSG. When I politely mentioned the MSG to the hostess, I am pleased to say that she admitted that they do use "a little" MSG. This is disappointing because these days MSG in Asian restaurants is much less common; My hope would be that with real Vietnamese in the kitchen, perhaps even experienced vegetarian/Buddhist cooks, that good flavor might be obtained without MSG use, sadly, not so here. Another unpleasantness was likely a condition difficult for the owner to remedy. My table was near the back and halfway through my meal i began to smell an unpleasant bathroom smell. Any of these things alone would have been OK but I was hoping to take a vegetrian friend here, now I will find another restaurant. Too bad. Nice try, BDTTC, but too many black marks. Try harder and challenge your cooks to get rid of the MSG. We appreciate the all vegetarian oasis.
extensive menu-easy to find grain-free , better decor than most in 'hood
disinterested service, poor ventilation-bathroom smell in DR, MSG used