Ive been to Di Lac maybe a half a dozen times, and the food and service are slightly different from the usual Vietnamese vegetarian place. there are waiters and maybe 15 tables, not including several huge round family style tables. on my last visit, every single free table was uncleaned and cluttered with dishes. we were seated finally, our table touching another table cluttered with dishes which remained there until well after our meal was served!
service is as expected at a sit-down restaurant, perhaps a bit slower. the waiters and servers are communal so if you need anything you can just flag one down and they will help you out.
the menu is mainly mock meat dishes, but the vegetables always seem to be fresh and seasonal, if overly reliant on red and green bell peppers sometimes. i dont find the food too salty or too sweet, or even too oily, all of which are generally the case at a Vietnamese vegetarian place. lots of hot spicy sambal-chili paste is available at the table.
there is a take out counter just inside the door, and a wall full of literature, cd's and flyers for those who wish to learn more about the particular subject being offered up. i have never tried the take out, but many people do come in and out only for to-go: i presume its very popular at lunch time.
parking is easy, especially in the evening when the other businesses in the mall di lac is located in are closed. im glad it remains viable, its not my favorite in san jose, but i am certainly glad to have it nearby and doing good businessPros: easy parking, substantial menu choices
Cons: slowish service, tables not cleaned when empty