Could be a lot better, some very bright spots
Posted on 11 / 08 / 2013
In general, I feel that the other reviewers have a point, but may have not approached the place from the right angle.
True, this place could be SO fantastic, it has the space, kitchen, and resources to put out some incredibly creative food. The attached health food store sells ingredients which would easily make this a 5-star option. However, there are some issues (blandness, lack of vegan options), which I think they are trying to address with their upcoming new menu.
There's no doubt that the current menu is "ovo-lacto" on steroids; it seems to come from the school of thought which believes you should eat eggs, milk, and cheese morning, noon, and night. It's disheartening to see a page of egg breakfasts and nothing featuring the fresh tofu that they also have access to.
However, there is still great food to be had here, and a lot of potential which isn't found on the menu. For example, you can request to replace many egg dishes with tofu, or ask for customized vegan options (just double check that they really brought you something without cheese, as it depends on the waiter's communication with the kitchen).. Yes, the food is typically bland, but you can request chile, spicy sauce, freshly ground lback pepper, and other condiments, or even buy them from the little shop next door. The buffet is hit or miss; sometimes it's great, others it seems like hunks of melted cheese things with some lettuce. They occasionally have delicious vegan tofu cream pie deserts.
Give it a try, but be patient and try to wring what you can out of the place. With so many recent closures of veggie restaurants, it's almost all we have left. The space is beautiful and sometimes features live music, most employees are friendly and helpful, and if you put some effort into it you can get some satisfying breakfasts and lunches.
One of the only veg restaurants left her, Nice space, Special requests generally welcome
Menu is way too ovo-lacto focused, Food is hit or miss, Does not live up to its potential