All Reviews by fondducoeur
3424 Cambie Street, Vancouver, Canada
Worth Going for the Dim Sum
I recently tried 3G while visiting Vancouver, as I have never had vegan dim sum. There are so many dim sum options, it was hard to choose, and this restaurant is worth trying to sample some new things. Some dim sum we tried were quite good, and some were so-so. I was nervous about the shrimp dumplings, but was pleasantly surprised to find I really liked them. I also thought the bbq pork bun was quite good. I did not really care for the steamed bean curd roll, and the chicken with ginger bun was okay but nothing special. In addition to dim sum, we sampled the lunch sweet and sour chicken, which was very good. I think if I went back I would try a couple more dim sum, but get less of that and more of the other dishes. I think it is different at dinner, but for lunch they give smaller, less expensive portions for even the non dim-sum dishes so multiple items can be tried and shared. This is a great way to try new things. The service was very good as well.
602 Westgate Ave, St Louis, USA
Best Falafel Ever
Al Tarboush is a staple at my home. Their falafel is honestly my favorite that I have had anywhere. The family that owns the restaurant is very friendly,the prices are very reasonable, it's located in a fun part of town, and the vegan selection is good. It's not a fancy place, but do have some tables for indoor seating, as well as a few tables outside when the weather is nice. We typically get the falafel, tabbouleh, and baba ghanoush, but I know they also sell hummus, fattoush, and I believe they often have a lentil and rice take-away option. They also have a shelf of grocery items, my husband and I purchase items such as tahini and halvah from Al Tarboush.
I strongly suggest eating at Al Tarboush if you are looking for an inexpensive Mediterranean meal in St. Louis.
5812 N Broadway, Chicago, USA
While there are places in Chicago that I prefer to the Loving Hut, their food is pretty good and the prices are reasonable. The staff is also very friendly. The fried TVP in many dishes is very good, and the drumsticks are delicious. I think the sauces are a bit bland, and was disappointed in the green tea cheesecake, but other than that I would definitely go back.
I have not had the pho at this location, but have eaten it a couple of times in Atlanta, and if it's the same then it's delicious!
2425 18th St NW, Washington, USA
I Love This Place!
This place only serves a couple of items, but if you like falafel and fries, this is the place to get them. The toppings are excellent...especially the roasted eggplant and tahini sauce.
It's open late also, which is nice.
1298 Market St, San Francisco, USA
Nice Vegetarian Place
Ananda's would not be one of the first places I recommend in SF, but my experience there was pleasant and the food was pretty good.
I tried the curry wrap made with brown rice and the curry of the day which was a mushroom curry. It was pretty tasty, and came with a side of pasta salad, which was good also. My husband had the vegan ravioli which he seemed pleased with.
He also got a slice of banana coconut pie which was nice as well.
I would go back to Ananada's, and am giving it 4 stars because it is a nice, mostly healthy, veg place.
5240 University Ave NE, Seattle, USA
Huge Menu, Great Atmosphere
I ate lunch at Araya's yesterday, and thought the place was awesome. The menu is huge and the atmosphere and service is great. As an appetizer, the veggie tempura was fantastic. My husband's lemon tofu entree was pretty yummy (but didn't taste very lemony). I got the veggie beef with peanut sauce. The sauce was great, as were the noddles and veggies, but I wasn't fond of the veggie beef. If I go there again I will probably stick with tofu.
However, the portions are large and there were tons of options on the menu. They have a daily vegan buffet that sounds great, but I haven't tried it yet.
10988 124 St NW, Edmonton, Canada
Great Service, Okay Food
I was excited to visit Arcadia while visiting Edmonton for business. The menu is all vegan, and I tried the YEG Unite Donair on green onion cakes. This is my first time in Edmonton and I live in the US, so it was my first time trying either donair or green onion cakes vegan or otherwise. It was tasty, but I will say it was very salty and the seitan was in crispy (almost crunchy) strips, not tender and chewy like I am used to. However, the service was great, I chatted with the two guys working and they gave great beer recommendations and were just all around pleasant to talk to. The beer is all from Alberta, and the Ribstone Creek White IPA I had was great.
Updated from previous review on Thursday July 23, 2015
4631 Boul. St Laurent, Montreal, Canada
Very Enjoyable Meal
I ate lunch at Aux Vivres while visiting Montreal and really enjoyed my meal. I had the macro bowl, which was brown rice topped with steamed and fresh veggies/wakame, delicious seasoned grilled tempeh,and a miso tahini sauce. It was excellent! To drink I tried the cafe frappe which was tasty as well. The prices were a bit high ($14.50 for the bowl, $4.50 for the drink), but at least the quantities were large (I could barely finish my bowl). There were several other items on the menu that I'm sure I would like (the seitan slouvaki plate, thai bowl, delicious sounding desserts, etc) as well. I would definitely go back if I visit Montreal again.
600 Williamson St, Madison, USA
Delicous Vegan Options
My lunch at Bandung was one of my favorites during my visit to Madison. There were lots of vegan options and everything was so flavorful and tasty. I am a fan of tempeh, and this was my first time enjoying tempeh in a truly authentic fashion.
My husband and I split a few appetizers and an entree for lunch and it was a perfect amount of food (if you want a large, filling lunch).
We tried the lontong, which was rice cakes cooked in banana leaves with peanut sauce (amazing), acar cucumber salad, and the tahou goreng (fried tofu with sweet soy sauce, tomato, green onions, and sambal) for appetizers. Our entree was the sambal goreng tempe, which was absolutely delicious...so sweet and spicy.
I really would like to try more Indonesian food after visiting this restaurant, and really hope I make it back to Madison to try Bandung again.
5802 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, Canada
The veg menu is very large, so that is great. I tried the fried drumsticks and the veggie beef and broccoli with black bean sauce. The drumstick appetizer was actually really good. The veggie beef tasted fine, pretty much what I remember non-vegetarian Westernized Chinese food tasting like. Definitely pricey for what you get ($14 for the entree, plus an extra $3.50 or so for the rice!), but it was worth it to have nice vegetarian meal while staying in Calgary. I thought the service was fine, no complaints.
Updated from previous review on Monday July 20, 2015
3200 S Grand Blvd, St Louis, USA
Good Veg Options
I finally tried Cafe Natasha's for lunch and found my meal to be pretty good. They have a vegetarian entrees section and the staff are knowledgeable as to which ones are vegan. I had the curried veggies with biryani rice, which was quite tasty. I have never had curry at a Persion or Mediterranean restaurant before, and although it was a little plain, I enjoyed it. As an appetizer I tried the tart pomegranate eggplant spread which I was quite impressed with. I would go back just for this dish which I have not tried before. Other people in the group had baba ghanoush, hummus, and falafel, all of which seemed to be good. I think there are other restaurants in the STL area with similar cuisine that are as good or better, but this place does have a couple of unique offerings and is worth going to if you are in the area. I would like to try their dinner entree of stuffed red bell peppers w/lentils and tomato sauce, which is not available for lunch.
154 East 79th St, New York City, USA
The food here is absolutely wonderful. I was prepared ahead of time for it to be pricey, so that didn't bother me (my fiance and I were in NY for Valentine's Day), and we were far from being disappointed. We split the butternut squash and wild mushroom, spinach ravioli (one of the best things I have ever eaten). I had the hot special seitan piccata (different sauce and slightly different veggies than the standard menu item), and we split a cannoli for dessert (amazing...).
This place is great for special occasions. I would not be able to afford it regularly, but if I could, I would go there often.
6602 Delmar Blvd, University City, USA
Great Vegan Mac and Cheese
This is definitely the place to go if you are a vegan who misses Mac and Cheese. Every so often I get a craving for it and hit up Cheeseology. It is also a great place to take non-vegans.
You can make your own dish by picking your cheese (or vegan cheese) and veggies, or have one of the standard dishes made vegan. I always get the Mediterranean Mac and Cheese w/Daiya, which includes olives, artichokes, and sun-dried tomatoes, and it's awesome.
I don't particularly recommend the bread sticks with marinara as I have not been impressed (and the sauce is served cold), but the Mac and Cheese is delicious. For me, a small skillet is plenty.
1204 Av McGill College, Montreal, Canada
Great Variety, Convenient Location
I ate lunch at Le Commensal while visiting Montreal. It was conveniently located downtown. The vegan food was clearly marked, which was helpful. Vegan options available included a greek tomato stew with tofu, 3 types of vegan pate, ginger tofu, several cold salads, soy based cheesecake, chili, etc. There was not any vegan cheese (aside from the cheesecake) for items such as pizza, quiche, quesadillas, etc), but there was a big enough variety for vegans.
None of the food I ate I would rave about; it was a bit bland. However, I would go back because of the amount of choices, and with the cafeteria dining style, it was also quick. I'm sure if I lived or worked in the area I would be a regular customer.
328 East 14th St, New York City, USA
I was very pleased with my meal at Curly's. I had the big enchilada for brunch and it came with a mountain of food that was very tasty. The prices weren't bad and the menu had lots of options.
It was very crowded, and while waiting for a table I was forced to hover around people's table who were eating, but this is NYC we are talking about, so that's not unusual.
I would go here again for sure.
Library Mall, Madison, USA
I was so lucky to be able to try Dandelion while visiting Madison. For lunch during the week it is located at the end of State Street, near the university. I had the seitan and mushroom rueben sandwich with vegan Russian dressing, sauerkraut, and vegan cheese...and wow was it tasty (very messy to eat though!). My husband had the seitan fajitas, which he enjoyed as well. To top it off we each had vegan peanut butter cups, which were rich and delicious.
I was really hoping to try Dandelion again before leaving Madison, but unfortunately they took a couple of days off.
I would definitely make it a point to hit them up if in Madison again.
10633-B Page Ave, St Louis, USA
Great Vegan Buffet
I have had the vegan buffet twice now at Gokul's and have been very pleased. Not only is it great to have a completely vegan buffet (the only vegan buffet that I have ever seen in St. Louis) where I can be worry free about everything I'm eating, but it is also really nice to try dishes that are not normally vegan, such as creamy dishes like mushroom muttar or vegetable korma.
My only complaints are both times they were low or completely out of rice and naan, and not quick to replenish. I also don't think the service was great, even by buffet standards. However, this didn't ruin my experiences, and I will definitely be going back.
3980 Fraser St, Vancouver, Canada
Nice for a Date Night
The ambiance of this place is great for a special occasion or romantic night out. It would be too expensive for me to frequent regularly if I lived in the area, but I did enjoy my night out there. The menu is not huge, and the entrees favor more vegetables and grains than proteins. I ordered crepes which were filled with tempeh and grilled veggies over wild rice, which I thought was fantastic. This was the only soy protein dish on the menu, other than the option of adding smoked tofu to the mac and cheese. The desserts were good, although my husband's Canadian cream cheesecake was not as flavorful as expected. All in all it was a nice meal in a nice setting, and I would go back.