Worth every penny
Posted on 02 / 01 / 2010
Went alone for dinner on a Saturday night then again on Sunday afternoon. Both times I had hot and sour soup. The first was the best I have ever had; the second still good. I was tempted to try the eggdrop soup as I have never seen it done vegan. I am gluten intolerant so I always have to ask about wheat. I was told that the faux meats are soy and I did not react to anything I ate. I had the Kung Pao "Chicken" which is soy breaded in corn starch (I think) and deep fried. The sauce is sweet and spicy and it comes with wokked broccoli. It was good but the "chicken" was kind of puffy, not chewy. Next day I had "Beef" with Rice Noodles. It had mushrooms and green peppers in a spicy sauce to which I added some duck sauce. Delicious.
My friend came in and had a glass of non-alcoholic wine and I tried it. Not a drinker myself, I was pleasantly surprised that it tasted good.
My friend is a big eater and ordered several dishes which I was more than happy to try. The rice vermicelli Singapore is thin rice noodles with faux shrimp, ham and veggies. It was good but the ham might have gluten in it so be forewarned or ask. The Ma Po Tofu is saucy, spicey and goody. I enjoyed the Orange Chicken too.
My advice to people is to go get the lunch special. Frequently I will order two or three even if I can't finish them. That way you get to eat "family style" even if by yourself. And cold chinese reheated makes a great meal later on, though I never seem to be able to get any home as I usually manage to finish it. I may sound like a glutton, but vegan chinese food is so digestible that I can eat it without gaining weight.
The service is pleasant and they speak English which is sometimes abit of a challenge when trying to discern what has gluten and what doesn't.
The atmosphere is pleasant with white tablecloths and linen napkins. Each time there are always pleasant meetings with other patrons. And they frequently offer a taste of their dishes, as do I. Ah that the entire world were a vegan restaurant, n'est pas?
Try Garden Cafe. It's worth every penny.
big portions, friendly , easy to find
too far from home