Good food, great atmosphere
Posted on 09 / 20 / 2009
I wrote a so-so review before, but have since revisited twice. At the time of our first visit, the restaurant was still rather new. They were working on new labels and menus when we were eating. The atmosphere is very nice and homey here. It seems like a very good place to enjoy a tea or coffee.
The food was rather good the first time, but not amazing. The ginger scones we had for dessert were dense and not very tasty. I wouldn't order them again. It was the only vegan dessert available. Everything else, including the tofu cheesecake, contained dairy.
The food has improved drastically. I have since tried a tasty rice "lasagna" that's really more of a baked dish with coconut milk and veggies. It came with salad and was a good-sized plate. My husband likes the green tea soba noodles. The miso soup is also good. Our dinner companions were divided on the curries but the tofu sandwich gets good reviews. The onigiri is also very good. The white wine is a very nice Italian. It went perfectly with our food. The owner said she kept the wine from when it used to be an Italian restaurant as when she looked into getting organic wine, it was too expensive.
There are now more vegan desserts. I spoke to the owner and she said she was working on changing all of them to vegan and on my last visit, they all were. We've tried the banana sesame bread pudding (great!) and the cornbread with figs. The cornbread was more of a sweet polenta. Nice and different. There are also some delicious looking crumbles and a chocolate tofu cheesecake (vegan now), that I have yet to try. I spoke to the chef and he said they are working on developing more vegan desserts, so I expect they will only get better.
My main complaint the first visit was with our waiter, but he doesn't appear to work there anymore, so I will remove that part of my review. The owner served us on our second visit and a new waitress on our last and we had a great experience. The owner is super friendly and very accommodating even when more friends showed up and we had to move tables (twice).
The only complaint I have is that service is very slow, even for things that you wouldn't expect (like warming up puddings, etc.). Don't come here expecting a quick bite to eat. This is more of a place you go when you want to spend a good chunk of time with friends or a date. Order your wine and enjoy some conversation or play with the kitten while waiting for your food.
We will definitely go to Annamaya more often now.
tasty, healthy food, nice atmosphere and non-smoking, vegan desserts