Large and busy East Asian diner
Posted on 04 / 06 / 2008
I got to visit this restaurant as part of a group. If we had not had a car and driver, it's unlikely I would have experienced it as it is located at the junction of a number of major roads, in the sort of building you'd expect to find one of the big chain restaurants.
I quickly got over the culture shock on entry. Instead of a slick, corporate interior, the restaurant is decorated with an eclectic collection of sunflowers.
The menu is mainly inspired by Chinese and Japanese cuisine, with a few Thai and Italian dishes, some of the latter containing cheese, and offered with rice cheese as a substitute. Mock meats are extensively used, though there are plenty of dishes which do not use them. Many of the specials have evocative names such as "Adventure of Tempeh Land" and "Lucky Star Shines Bright", and all come served with brown rice.
I chose the Teriyaki Mock Sesame Eel, and "Burst with Joy", the latter being a selection of mushrooms, served with goji berries, a black truffle sauce and steamed asparagus. Both dishes were unusual, nori making the "eel" taste particularly fishy. The bamboo fungus in the main course are probably an acquired taste, being slightly crunchy and not looking particularly like mushrooms, but I enjoyed them. My partner opted for the fried "chicken" - substantial chicken-type nuggets - and Sweet and Sour Sensation. He cleared his substantial plate despite protestations that he was not particularly hungry!
None of us had room for dessert - a shame because this is one of the few places I've been to which has a choice of vegan desserts.
inexpensive, various healthy options, vegan desserts
vehicle needed for access, background noise