Posted on 02 / 10 / 2012
I'm sorry to read that Gr8vegan had such a terrible experience here. This has been one of my favorite places to eat in Lawrence for 7 years or so. I'm a lacto-ovo vegetarian, but I dine here with vegan friends and omnivores alike, who love it. I have never been dissatisfied with what I've gotten there, and I've never heard of anyone else getting undercooked rice. I am unaware of the soy milk situation there, because the only drinks I ever get there are the delicious teas (their iced jasmine green tea is remarkably refreshing) or their tasty cocktails (I recommend the lychee martini), or occasionally juice, beer or wine. They do have a dedicated list of veg/vegan stuff, which consists of lots of flavorful stir-fries, made with fried tofu and various veggies and sauce. Again in contrast with Gr8vegan's experience, I have always found their veggies fresh and well-cooked. Some of their noodle dishes are higher in noodles and tofu than veggies, but if you ask for an extra dollar's worth of veg, they will add a good amount. The dishes are all around $7, so an extra dollar shouldn't break the bank. As another reviewer noted, any of the noodle or stir-fry dishes on the menu can be made with tofu rather than meat. This gives vegans a wider range of choices than any restaurant in town. What do I like? I love the Singapore Noodles (rice noodles with snap peas, carrots, onions, bok choy, a couple of other veggies, and a light curry sauce. It comes with egg, but I ask them to leave that out, and you can , too) and the drunken noodles (I think those might be egg noodles, but you can sub vegan noodles. Comes with Thai basil, tomato, onions, and oyster sauce). The portabella mushroom and Asian eggplant satays with peanut sauce and sweet onion relish are my favorite appetizers, but the veggies moms (samosa-like dumplings) and fried tofu w/dipping sauce are great too. Their soups are great and come with tofu if you ask. The broth is (or used to be -- haven't had soup there for a while, so ask!) vegan. The house salad is nice, especially if you ask them to mix the two house dressings (peanut and sesame ginger). I also recommend the Thai Basil tofu stir-fry, and the Pharam Tofu is good, though the peanut sauce is very rich! The red, panang, and massaman curries are also very good. For dessert, I recommend the sorbet trio, and definitely ask if they have any of their homemade coconut milk ice cream on hand -- it usually comes in green tea or taro. Enjoy!
wide veg/vegan selection, big servings for modest prices, pleasant interior
long wait for a table possible, no reservations accepted, overpriced alcohol