My husband and I have had two very happy visits at Green Leaf. We've also had three failed visits, which really turned us off of this restaurant. We live three hours away from Richmond now, so going to Green Leaf is a real treat and only happens on the few occasions when we have business in Richmond. Our last three attempts to eat there have been thwarted. The first time was my own fault: I didn't know they were closed on Mondays, so I should have checked online. My bad. The last two times, however, they simply had a paper sign on their door saying they were closed that day (NOT a Monday). I'm guessing that this is a family business and that's why they had unexpected closings, but that really just made us distrust this restaurant. You shouldn't have to call ahead to see if a place is even open during their normal business hours.
Okay, enough of that. Let's talk about our successful visits, because those times made us extremely happy.
1. The atmosphere is kind of sparse, but it's still nice, and the servers are welcoming and helpful.
2. The crispy spring rolls are a little oilier than I normally like, but the flavor is very good, and they're fun to eat. The hot and sour soup is good, too!
3. I adore General Tao's Golden Nuggets and the Kung Pao! The Ocean Nuggets and Seaweed-Wrapped Soy Fillets dishes are fun, too, when you're craving seafood, and my husband liked the Lemongrass Tofu.
I really want to try everything on the menu that's vegan, but I just don't know if that will ever happen, between me living so far away and the restaurant's spontaneous closings...
If this restaurant weren't so inconsistent with their hours, they would get 5 stars hands down.