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Chinatown Garden

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 4 reviews )
Contact 202-737-8887

618 H St NW (at 7th St NW, Washington DC), Washington, District Of Columbia, USA, 20001

Serves meat, vegan options available. Located in the Chinatown area, this restaurant has a separate vegetarian menu serving mock meats and vegetable dishes. Near a Metro stop. Call for hours - tell us.

Category: Ovo, Chinese, Take-out, Asian, Non-veg

Reviews (4)

First Review by cookiem

Vegan options, yes, but old school - Edit

There are a number of mostly "fake meat" vegan options. I tried a chicken Szechwan which was mostly gluten based strips in a somewhat oily sauce with hardly any vegetables. My wife had a chow mein. Both were okay, but if you're looking for a fresh, light vegetable hit, look elsewhere.

Updated from previous review on 2016-08-06

Pros: vegan options available

Cons: oily, skimps on vegetables , over cooks the veggies

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American style Chinese comfort food - Edit

About as American style as you can get. Gruff service, just like any Chinatown. Delicious, junky, stick to your ribs but with a twist. Complete vegetarian menu with mock meats. The mock chicken and beef are vegan. Alas no shrimp.

Pros: Full vegetarian menu with lots to choose from, delicious!!!, great ambiance, including gruff waiter with a hear

Cons: no vegan shrimp , pricey, no vegetarian soup choices

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Many choices - avoid chicken broth and msg - Edit

This restaurant has several dozen American and "authentic" choices for vegetarians, but you have to be careful for the additions of msg and chicken broth.

There is a great selection for veg*ns for dining here- ranging from fake meat (chicken and beef) to tofu dishes to American veggies to Chinese veggies. I was pleased with the choices, even if the best Chinese options are not in DC's Chinatown but the suburbs. The portions were large and satisfying from that perspective, but the prices are a little more than what I'd hoped to pay for food that is somewhat greasy. I did appreciate that it wasn't too salty.

However, please be aware that you will want to be sure that what you order doesn't have msg and/or chicken broth/ oyster sauce. Better to be safe than sorry. They are friendly and attentive if you have dietary restrictions.

What's there to eat? Szechuan Chikn, "beef" and veggies, tofu and spinach soup, mushrooms, garlic sauce broccoli, pea shoots/ leaves, bok choy, spinach, eggplant with basil, kung pao chicken, orange beef, home style bean curd, sesame chicken - lots of great choices. All the same, there is still an Americanized feel to this place. The fake meat is the type you know all too well: dried shreds reconstituted and sauced like mad to have any flavor. Good texture, but no one really eats that without flavoring it!

I would return to test out more of the "Authentic" menu.

Pros: Large selection - dozens, Good portions, Attentive to veg*n diet

Cons: MSG, Prices slightly high for quality, Too oily/ greasy at times

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