An Oasis of Healthy Eating!
Posted on 12 / 07 / 2008
This place really brings the philosophy of good health together with great taste and quality. A key factor in the decision-making for most vegetarians/vegans when going out to eat is TRUST, and I hope that this review will help those on the fence try this place out.
I have been to this restaurant several times, and I am surprised each time I go. First of all, it's buffet style, which is perfect. The dishes on the buffet line stand for themselves and are packed with flavor. There are a few exceptions where there are non-seasoned items, but there are plenty of healthy toppings on the counter space to liven things up in those cases. I asked the owner about their cooking practices, and she said that they try not to fry anything, but when they do, they do it very lightly and only use the oil not more than twice. The owner is a cancer survivor who discovered the vegan way during her illness and made a total recovery (remission) in part by completely changing her diet. What you see in this restaurant is a culmination of her research and association with doctors and vegan chefs across two continents. She apparently also has health seminars right in the restaurant.
At any rate, the food is made just-in-time in most cases, which means that though there seems to be not much in the bins, they get filled quickly to meet demand and the owner's freshness requirements. The owner came by and started explaining things to me and suggested all kinds of combinations that were fantastic. She is obviously very dedicated, and she really cares about her customers!
Some items have substitute meat, which is not bad at all. Their curry with potatoes was great, and their black bean noodle sauce is to die for. I just could not stop eating the black bean sauce! To wash everything down, they have a special tea made from anti-carcinogenic mountain mushroom. Very nutty and tasty, and FREE.
The seating area is wide-open, clean, and welcoming, and sometimes they will have interesting documentaries on health, GMO foods, and nutrition playing on a big flatscreen LCD. There are live plants that line the area. Everything looks new, and the men's bathroom is pristine.
They have a menu-based breakfast during the week, but I have yet to check that out. It'll probably be soon, since I'm not too far away. At least the pictures look great!
In all, I love this place and hope that more people go so that they stay in business. We need more pure places like this in Dallas (and the world)!
Quality of Food, Creative and Tasty, Buffet and Price
Closed on Saturday