Excellent spot .. High carbers can get oil free sweet and sour and steamed rice, fresh spring rolls rock... I was a bad hclf vegan and had fried springrolls too
Excellent spot .. High carbers can get oil free sweet and sour and steamed rice, fresh spring rolls rock... I was a bad hclf vegan and had fried springrolls too
Bright Star is a vegan café style Thai/Chinese restaurant. As long as you are not looking for a Michelin stared restaurant, you should not be disappointed. Food is always consistent and well prepared. All of the classics are on the menu, this is a main stay for my self and my non-veggie/vegan friends and family. The best recommendation I can make is I am a repeat customer who brings others here.
I've been going here since it opened. I usually just order a few of the appetizers because I'm simple. I'm happy I don't have to drive 30+ miles to get good vegan food anymore.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday November 23, 2011
Everything seemed to have changed there. I couldn't even eat my dish. It had the looks and smell of a can of alpo dog food. I tried dumping the chili sauce on it, soy sauce, even salt and pepper. And I would think as a server or chef, you would be concerned when your customers don't eat but a couple bites of the dish. Nope, just I paid my bill and left. I don't think I'll ever be going back here. Sucks to not want to support a vegan establishment. But I can't allow that to cloud my judgement. I later went to bakers drive thru and was more than satisfied.
Updated from previous review on Saturday August 11, 2012
Went back here again and it was good again.
I liked the food here, but it seemed more Chinese than Thai. I ordered the Pad See Ew and it was good, but I can't say it reminded me of Thai food. The Thai iced tea was good. The prices are reasonable. They have a lunch special and a dinner special. If you are in the area, drop by, but in my humble opinion, it's not worth a special trip.
They have WiFi, but the waiter told me it was only for the owner. If that's the case, why not name the network anything other than "Bright Star Wifi"? Not very customer friendly.
My boyfriend and I went to this restaurant for the first time and we were so pleasantly surprised to find how yummy it was! My boyfriend is a new vegan eater and it was awesome to see his face when he took a bite of his "broccoli beef" and smiled with satisfaction.
I had yellow curry with tofu. And it was delish.
Great job guys.
Updated from previous review on Tuesday November 11, 2014
You know that feeling... You walk into a new restaurant hungry-skeptical about the menu, knowing so many things could go wrong; you sit down and take your chances.
Well….for me and a friend the First bite and it was a flavor revelation. Really, the salad was fresh, crisp with excellent dressing. The 'way too small' bowl of dinner Miso is very delicate. You must savor every spoonful. Dinner Special Brown rice is wonderfully seasoned, the orange chick'n would satisfy any non-vegan. Service is friendly, and fast even when the place is busy. So go. Relax and enjoy. Oh, a word of caution: Tempura veggies and Spring Rolls come to your table very crisp and HOT. Don't burn your mouth!
Have returned at least four times, and always consistently good food, and service.
Updated from previous review on Saturday November 15, 2014
Tasty Thai food, good menu, good service, and ample parking. The lunch and dinner specials are very good value. The green curry is excellent, and I love vegan Thai tea.
Even though I have only been to this place one I quickly realized that I did not like any of their faux meats due to texture. The flavors they make here are great I just didn't like their faux meat, I would stop by again, since I only tried their "chicken" and "pork" so I can't really judge all their other items. Their spring rolls and fried dumplings were delicious though.
Open on holidays! Went here for Easter. Great lunch specials , only 6.99 for your choice entree with brown rice, miso soup, potsticker and salad with a house dressing that was good with a horseradish bite to it, I liked that. The orange chicken was prefect and crispy on the outside.. best I've had in a long time! Thai tea only 2 bucks which is a great price.. 1 waitress in there, not very busy, she gave me my bill but I told her I wanted the dessert, banana, coconut spring rolls. Those took 10 minutes to come and they would've been better with a sauce or something.. you can't get it with ice cream but I didn't. She never came back with the bill so I finally asked for it, so the service was unattentive but that's not really too much of a big deal... I will come back for sure!
I've been coming to this place for several years now, and of all the Thai, vegan or non-vegan places I've been to, this is my spot. Authentic Thai cuisine that's affordability priced.
The food at bright star is good enough to keep me coming back, but the staff could be more friendly.
I've been to this location about 4 times and I love it. I wish it was closer to Riverside where I live, I would go more frequently. My favorite dishes include the Pad See Ew and the Orange Chicken. They have great lunch and dinner specials that include a main dish (curry, pad thai, orange chicken, or other options) miso soup, fried brown rice, a spring roll (amazing), and salad with a delicious dressing. I believe the dinner is around $9 and the lunch around $7. Excellent deal and absolutely delicious! I highly recommend this place to bring meat eaters too, the food isn't "weird" to them. 5 stars!
My daughter is the only vegan in our house and we have been trying to find places that accommodate her needs. She brought this location to us, Dad and I were very skeptical. The first bite proved us completely wrong. The entire meal was truly amazing and we have gone back twice. We are now bringing family and friends as well. So many tasty dishes like Orange Chicken, Teriyaki Chicken, Spring rolls and so many others. Every dish we've had has been so yummy and vegan. Thank You Bright Star for serving such fantastic food that carnivores will LOVE as well. We are going back tonight again. I'm so excited!!
I live in Las Vegas and passed by this place in June 2012 after eating at another Rancho C. vegan establishment on the way back home. I had to wait 6 months to get back to LA so i could try this place out. IT WAS WORTH IT !! The portions sizes were good, big chunks of vegetables and plenty of them. We ordered two appetizers, two large soups, one small soup, and 3 entree's. The price was right and worth the wait. There are very few vegan eateries (or vegetarian for that matter)in Las Vegas so anytime I can get into a vegan restaurant it is a good thing.
Absolutely wonderful food. I am mostly veggie but my husband is an avid meat eater and even he loved it. Portions were decent and left my daughter and I were stuffed. My husband is a big eater and wasn't full but he was satisfied. We will definitely return.
For awhile now I have wanted to try this restaurant. It's a bit too far to go to on my lunch from work and even further from home. I found the menu to be vast and the prices to be reasonable. I was with a non-vegan and he enjoyed the restaurant too. The portion size of the lunch specials aren't huge so if you have a hearty appetite I suggest also ordering an appetizer to go along with your meal. If you are in the area, it's definitely worth checking out.
My husband, myself & our son went to Bright Star this last weekend. We are not Vegans, but went there on a recommendation from a friend who is vegan. Loved the food. We were all very surprised. We started out with the tempura. Very delicious. I ordered the spicy eggplant with tofu. The brown rice was the best ever. We will definately be return customers.
This place is a great gem in a quiet strip mall. I always get Tom Kha at Thai places and theirs was exceptional! The atmosphere is bright and friendly.
Last week, we were "captive" in the Rancho Cucamonga area awaiting car repairs (we live far away from there). We ate three meals at Bright Star over a three day period and absolutely loved every dish we had. We had exactly opposite feelings about all of the same dishes mentioned in the last very negative review.
Dishes that we really loved were: Miso Soup, Pad Thai, Red Curry w/soy chicken, Snow Pea w/soy pork and Assorted Vegetables w/Bright Star Gravy Sauce. The Bright Rolls on the Appetizer Menu were very good as were all side salads and Fried Rice servings.
The restaurant is very clean and comfortable. The waitresses were nice, helpful and shy-like. I feel that the prices are very good with the highest price on the current menu being $8.99 for a Dinner Special.
I just wish that this place was closer to where I live.
I have always passed by this restaurant because I live in the area. After looking up online reviews, I was sure it was going to be great because it often receives 4-5 stars.
I'm not sure why. I ordered a thai iced tea, which was my favorite part of the meal. It was decent enough. I also ordered an 8.99 dinner special of pad Thai, which came with some greasy, soggy fried rice, 1 eggroll (the 2nd best part of the meal), and some wilted lettuce with thousand island dressing.
The Pad Thai was disgusting. Bloated noodles covered in a sticky, oily brown sauce that was overly sweet with only 3 chunks of bland tofu. It tasted much like the freezer version from trader joe's, only 1/4 of the portion of something you can buy for just a couple of bucks.
Then came the worst part, the rice. My boyfriend and I agreed that not only was it oily, stale, cold and unappetizing, but it had a very soapy, dingy taste to it, much like the smell of laundry water. The lettuce on the side of the meal was wilted and the dressing wasn't very good.
He ordered the red curry with soy beef and he also did not like it. Again, just a few tiny pieces of soy beef. I read this place was "affordable, inexpensive.."... 8.99 each for a few sprinklings of ingredients and 2 plates of food left less than half eaten is not a good deal, in fact overpriced and expensive (And we both usually finish EVERYTHING at restaurants..I hate wasting food).
The waitress never came to refill our water, no smiles, was not a good atmosphere. The moment I tasted the food I wished I could have returned it.
There are other vegan options in the area with fresh ingredients and good portion sizes. I am shocked by the positive response to such an overrated, typical place. There are many restaurants like this in the L.A. area that give vegan food a bad rep. with their unoriginal menus and un-fresh offerings.
Oh, and thanks for handing me a leather billfold in a "vegan" establishment.
The first Vegan restaurant we have been to and loved it. Fresh, quick and inexpensive lunch that tasted great.
We met up with some friends, so there was a group of six of us, but we had no problem getting a table for dinner. We decided to get the dinner specials rather than share family style as everyone had different levels of spice tolerance. Two of us got the orange chicken (myself included) which was tasty and the battered type of orange chicken. The others got cashew nut w/chicken, spicy mint leaves w/tofu and spicy eggplant. The last person got the kamut pancakes instead of a dinner special. The dinner specials came with miso soup, a side salad, a egg roll and rice. We shared appetizers of dumplings, chicken satay, battered shrimp and edamame. Also, the dishes came out one by one and not necessarily the appetizers first. Overall, everything was tasty, but fairly typical of any of the vegan Thai places in the LA area.
Personally, I liked it but if you know any good recipies stick to them. The place serves generic asian food nothing I would go out of my way for. Kind of oily in a way, and it's somewhat expensive. But this places is nice in general good for a date or any special occasion.
My husband took me here to eat when I first turned vegan. It was so delicious - it laid my fear of never eating out again to rest.
The desert thing with bananas and vanilla "ice cream" and coconut was unbelievable.
Give it a try! My omni husband loved it too!
This has become my favorite local restaurant. I eat a lot of raw food but when I am in the mood to splurge I go to this restaurant and have never been disappointed. My husband and I are working our way through the entire menu and it's all delish. They use all organic ingredients as well so that's a definately plus. I am newly vegan and have eaten at many restaurants in the past and have to say that this is by far the best Thai Restaurant.. vegan or not.. that I have had the pleasure to eat at!
Enjoy! You won't be disappointed! =)
I would drive an hour to get here for the "chicken" sa-tay alone! Mt family and I ordered 5 or 6 entrees and shared family-style. The soup and salad were yummy. The other dishes were very good - the veggie meat substitues were just okay, but the sauces and veggies were excellent. It's nice not to have to worry that something you're eating might be from an animal like at other Asian restaurnats.
By far, the best vegetarian food I have ever eaten. My meat-eating relatives were very pleased. I love the place so much I ate there every day of my short stay. The soups, appetizers & entrees were superb; the beef and shrimp appetizers could fool the casual diner. Also, prices were incredibly reasonable; I have paid twice as much for similar food of lesser quality. I only wish we had a "BRIGHT STAR" here in the Washington, DC area!
I am from Portand originally but hve been living here in the inland empire for nearly a year. I have been vegan for over 3 years and have had some amazing food along the way. Saying that, Bright Star ranks high in my list. The menu is amazing, expansive and almost everything I have had is really good. It's one of the only places where I get an appetizer, salad and entree. I highly recommend the Bright Star Rolls and the Bright Star Soup and the Spicy Mint Noodles. I have taken many non-veg friends here who have all left full and content. The resturant itself is family owned, and the decor is very nice. If you are in the area it is def one to visit often!
The only word of caution I would give would be to be prepared to wait. Since it is family owned there are only two cooks and normally one waiter/ess. The food is worth it however and you can always call in an order before you leave the house. (I would do this often.)
Oddly enough, I first went here on a suggestion from my dad - a die-hard omnivore! Even he loved the food; the yellow curry was a particularly flavorful dish. The lunch specials are very reasonable in price (around $7 - $9 for a whole meal) and include brown rice, veg miso soup, and a salad. I can't wait to go back!
The food here is so delicious. We drive the twenty minutes from Riverside whenever possible. In addition to being vegan, my family has celiac so we don't eat gluten. The language barrier was a bit tough at first, but now they really seem to get it, recognize us when we come in and help us order safely. Highly recommended.
I went there yesterday for the first time and the food is delicious! modern-ish restaurant style atmosphere. The kitchen is in open view, and the staff is nice. I liked how you can choose which mock meat you'd like in your dish. They let you choose from tofu, chicken, pork, beef, or fish. There are many options! I ordered the curry chicken, and tried my friends tofu spicy eggplant. Both of the dished were delicious.
The food is consistently fantastic and the atmosphere is open, friendly and welcoming. I've taken all my omni friends there and every single one has walked away impressed.
This Vegan Thai restaurant serves everything from salads, traditional Thai food, to burgers and fries, so you can go with anyone and they will find something they love. There are many choices of fake meat, very good vegetables (no MSG), noodles, rice, spring rolls, pancakes, coconut milk etc. There is a lunch special and a dinner special at a very low price. It's a new family-owned business and the staff are very nice. The food is delicious, the prices are very low, the restaurant is very clean and pleasant, and they even deliver! Try it!
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