My own take.
Posted on 12 / 04 / 2008
For my part, I've been a veg and now vegan for over a decade, and until I moved out of state I dined at Suma all the time. I'd like to add my own two cents, in response to the reviews below, which I assume are genuine.
First of all, they have always listed which items do and do not have dairy on their menu. Also, the curry at the lunch buffet should contain coconut milk - I will be in Dallas again in a few weeks and will verify with the owners, and post if I get a different response.
I can't speak to the other poster's sickness after eating the food, but I nor anybody in my family have every felt sick eating there, and I used to eat there literally three to five times a week. I've never had greasy food there - only high quality vegan Chinese dishes.
Finally, yes Philip is a bit "testy" sometimes. All I can say is he's from New York, so his attitude isn't exactly "Texas-friendly". He never bothered me - I just rolled with it - but I can understand how he might get under people's skin.
I encourage everybody to try the restaurant out once - ask Elaine (Philip's wife who's there almost as often as he is) about each dish to verify that it's vegan. She speaks good English and is knowledgable of dietary issues (for example, she's always pointed out which items on the buffet are gluten-free for my wife). Thank you for your time in reading my review and supporting this establishment.
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