Beyond Veggie by Secret Recipe - Imago Mall

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Shop B22, Basement, Imago Shopping Mall, KK Times Square Phase 2, off Coastal Hwy, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Another branch of the Beyond Veggie restaurants. Same menu of vegetarian food and cakes: pasta, pizza, sandwich, salad, noodle, and rice dishes. Open Mon-Sun 10:00am-10:00pm.

8 Reviews

First Review by junya

Not Vegan Friendly - Edit

Since this is a vegetarian restaurants, most of the dishes are NOT vegan of course. There's no clear indication vegan dishes so one has to rely on staff's explanation. The staff are lack of knowledge on the menu items, I've even tried contacting their HQ to inquire for more details (sadly helpful at the beginning and at last reminded me this is JUST a vegetarian restaurant and vegans seem to question too much).

Firstly, cakes are NOT vegan despite it says no animal rennet is used, the cakes contains dairy milk. Satay is NOT vegan due to marinated/dipped with egg batter, even their deep friend mushrooms are NOT vegan neither. Curd Cutlets (beancurd wrapped with seaweed) & pasta also contains egg.

Next, the lion mane mushrooms are NOT vegan (contains dairy, informed by their HQ). Wish to highlight to vegans visiting to Asian countries, instead of just inquiring dishes contains egg or milk (or dairy) is not enough, don't forget bone char (animal bones) is found in most sugar. Similarly, sauces prepared in almost all vegetarian restaurants are not vegan ie vegetarian oyster/mushroom sauce which contains sugar, you might be surprised to find even soy sauce used in most vegetarian restaurants contains sugar too! So vegan please ask and check properly and don't accidentally make your stomach a graveyard for animals. Last I checked with Beyond Veggie, they use Bragg liquid amino which is vegan friendly.

The only safest vegan dish is their signature superior noodle soup - using Bragg liquid amino with vegetables & mushrooms (ask not to use Lion mane mushrooms that contains dairy).

Little pricey, and hope this franchise restaurant would come out with few vegan dishes options for vegans!








Updated from previous review on 2018-03-17

Pros: Good Environment

Cons: Lack of knowledge on the menu items, ALL cakes are not vegan!

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Vegetarian chain - Edit

I'm a vegan that stayed quite a bit in KK and I had quite a hard time eating out (didn't have a kitchen). Beyond Veggie by Secret Recipe (they also have non-vegetarian restaurants that are just called Secret Recipe) is probably the best you'll find. You'll have to check what's vegan and what not and it's not the cheapest, but at least you'll have a bit of choice. There are several outlets in KK. It's tasty food and rather good service, although they won't have everything on the menu... what seems to be common in Malaysia.

Pros: Choice, Tasty

Cons: Not all vegan, Pricy

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Loved the food, blew my mind - Edit

It simply was an utterly delicious meal. I had a tofu dish and a mashroom dish, plenty of food for 2 people. It was a bit pricy, but still reasonable. I recommend this place 100% and will come back again for sure.

Pros: Absolutely delicious food, smoothies, coffee, cake

Cons: A little pricy, but quality and flavour of food is

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Overpriced and not that good - Edit

You pay quite a price to get an average tasting food... We enjoyed the fresh smoothies.

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Eggs in most dishes - Edit

staff are great and can address concerns from vegan to offer tofu that does not have eggs. If you take the menu items with eggs away you are left with very little choice. Would recommend nonetheless. Staff are great.

Pros: clean....modern

Cons: expensive, lacks vegan options. Some dishes 'g

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Not Vegan-Friendly - Edit

I went there for lunch on a Monday, they showed me their menu which is in English, I asked if they had something without eggs and without any milk products and without honey: they had not a single thing on their menu that was vegan! ...except for some drinks. So I could not order anything, I had to leave. I went to 'Veggie Time' (same building, second floor), buffet style, they had 2 vegan options.

Pros: looks clean, comfortable sitting

Cons: Not a single vegan option

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Nice food, nice staff - Edit

LACTO OVO VEGETARIAN.

Ala carte dishes. I've only had one dish from this branch, some noodle soup and it was okay. Huge portion though. Apparently the mock meat was very good.

Staff was friendly and great! We went quite late but they were still willing to serve us. Came in a large group and our food came extremely fast.

Environment is very clean, typical for shopping mall. Lots of choices for vegetarians, from appetisers to desserts. Very limited for vegans.

I went to the branch at Suria Sabah several times and swore off Beyond Veggie because of my experience there. The only reason I went here was because I was tagging along with others.

The food at Beyond Veggie Suria Sabah was bad! Burnt and oily. I wanted to give them several chances because I thought it was just a one off thing. Turns out the quality was the same again and again. Also, at the time I didn't know if Beyond Veggie was vegetarian or vegan so I asked the staff and she told me "no milk, no eggs". I was so excited because they had a chocolate cake on the menu and learned the hard way that there was indeed dairy in the cake thanks to my lactose intolerant stomach. I noticed they have updated the menu to mention which dishes has eggs in them, but no mention of milk in thr menu.

The food I had at the Imago branch was okay, but I was wary about trying anything else there because of my experience at the Suria Sabah branch.

HOW TO GET THERE
Go to the basement and find the Everrise supermarket. Beyond veggie is opposite Everrise near the STICKY candy shop.

Pros: Lots of choices, Friendly staff, Very clean

Cons: Expensive , Not vegan

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Best meals I had in KK - Edit

My first experience with the Beyond Veggie chain was in Bintulu - and it was not a particularly joyous experience (see review). But after disappointing meals at three highly-rated eateries in KK, it was time to revisit Beyond Veggie.

Thankfully, this Beyond Veggie did not suffer from the problems of the Bintulu branch. Service was professional and food was pleasing in both taste and appearance. Price is same as Bintulu, but while a set meal price is double typical Sarawak prices, it is only about 50% higher than typical KK price. And nothing else I tried in KK even came close to this quality. All those overcooked, overpriced, bland economy rice failures in KK cannot compare.

My experience at both Imago and Suria Sabah (1st fl) branches were the same, so this review is posted for both.

Pros: Excellent food taste and appearance , Polite, professional service

Cons: Rather pricey , Mall ambience

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