Careful! can be good, can be not vegan
Posted on 08 / 23 / 2009
So a mixed review. On one hand, I eat here often enough to know one of the owners by name and face. I bring meat eaters here when we both want something, even by ourselves too. However, I don't agree with them being listed here on Happy Cow. Eugene has plenty of places that focus on veg dining. I am less than convinced about the claim that they have separate areas for prep and cooking vegan items in the kitchen. I have been left to wonder if I have had a hit of some fish sauce a few times, and even on occasion had it in there, knew right away and had the waiter tell me that he thought only my entree was vegan but not the salad. So its tricky. While I go here, I don't know if I would post it on a veg website to encourage others to try it out. I encourage random vegans to try places I know they won't be ill at, know they will have a safe and enjoyable time. While this can happen here, I don't know if it is always the case. Also, within the year, they have raised all entrees by $1. It makes a difference after a while.
They are always packed, which is a good sign for freshness. On the other hand, it makes me also worry that they are to busy to keep vegan items isolated.
The phad kee mao, #64, is one of the best you can get anywhere. The phad thai is very solid. The Phad gao ka prik is very good. They also have some specials that are very good. Cashew noodles, avocado curry, also. Careful w the curries, a few may not be vegan-able. Careful also w spice, they mean it. I used to take it extra hot, but I think in part to this place, have actually weakened my tolerance for it, so just take it easy. Also, the fresh/garden salad rolls are amazing apps.
So while I eat here often and usually enjoy it, there are times when I have not. If you are willing to take the risk, it can be the best Thai I have had anywhere in the country. But since the webmaster decided to list this despite my protests, just buyer beware is all. I am not sure it is always as clean or kosher for vegans as they may claim, which I hate to say since they are so nice.
Also, when buying beers w dinner, they give you a 22oz beer for $7.50, or something crazy like that. Its a bit overboard.
While I give 4 cows, please go at your own risk. Stress vegan, no egg, no fish sauce, ask about prep etc. Clarify all dishes, each dish. Careful.
best Thai place in country, staff, salad rolls
not convinced of prep, cook w/o fishsauc, getting spendy, beers too big n pricey, AC too high often,