Moncai Vegan

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 21 reviews )

3531 Adams Ave, San Diego, California, USA, 92116

Offers vegan comfort food and dessert. Sunday is brunch menu only. Began as a farmers market vendor, then a retail location in 2013 on University Ave, then here in 2015. Minimum purchase required for credit card. Open Wed-Fri 11:00am-9:00pm, Sat 11:00am-10:00pm, Sun 9:00am-2:00pm.

Category: Vegan, American, Take-out, Bakery

Reviews (21)

First Review by Mike Weinberg

Fun, neighborhood style cafe - Edit

Brought my vegan family of 4 here for brunch and thoroughly enjoyed our food. Started with donuts, our favorites were espresso and chocolate. Three of us got the brunch special, and one of us ordered the baked breakfast casserole--everything was delicious, and delivered quickly by very friendly staff. Looking forward to visiting again!!

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Delicious! - Edit

We went for something new. Had brunch. I loved the food. Everything was great.
During brunch a couple came in set up and played guitar.

Pros: great brunch, great service , 100% Vegan

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Delicious ? - Edit

I'm in love with the chix & dumplings. Salad ? and donuts and so much more. Very delicious and they know what they are doing. Great wait staff also

Pros: all vegan

Cons: parking

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my go to resturaunt - Edit

I love moncai everything is vegan and they always have new specials to try, seating can be limited because it's a small little place but very cozy with pillows on most the chairs, pastries are great with amazing cinnamon rolls. Servers are very sweet as well, definitely give this vegan comfort food a try.

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Words cannot describe how good! - Edit

Starts with the sautéed mushrooms and the brussel sprouts. Both were so good we licked the plates. The blt avocado sandwich is really good along with the pasta and black bean cakes. Desserts are so good and a great way to complete your visit. Good music and atmosphere. Definitely recommend!

Pros: food, music, comfortable setting

Cons: none

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Vegan comfort food - Edit

I love this place! Everything's vegan and you can get breakfast all day. They have a good balance of sweet and savory dishes, plus a dessert case stocked with donuts and other goodies. The service is generally very good. Last time I was there they were out of the daily soup but it was very late in the day for lunch and the server was so sweet about telling us, that you really couldn't fault them. The decor is rather odd/lacking but the street parking is easy.

Pros: excellent food, friendly staff

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Amazing - Edit

So my boyfriend and I shared basically the entire breakfast menu. We had the roasted potatoes, the sage drop biscuits, pancakes and waffles. Everything was amazing. All of the sauces were great and the pancakes were perfect. Will definitely come back next time I'm in SD.

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Sunday brunch - Edit

Best vegan breakfast I could hope for! I highly recommend the biscuits and gravy. Their brunch plate is a ton of food and well worth it.

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Wonderful Food! - Edit

Wow! We were visiting San Diego from Northern CA and were so impressed with our dinner here. My husband had spaghetti and "meatballs" and I had veggie polenta. They were both great. This chef knows how to use his seasonings and ingredients to optimize flavor as well as health benefits. And for those who like sweets, they have incredible baked goods... the carrot cake is better than any I have had, vegan or not. We wish this place were next door to us, because with such reasonable prices we could eat here most nights.

Pros: delicious, healthy, reasonable

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Sunday brunch - Edit

This meal was absolutely delicious. Tofu scramble, potatoes, tempeh bacon, biscuits with gravy, pancakes and fruit. It was a ton of food!

Pros: great food

Cons: cash only , small

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A Good Option - Edit

I've been to Monicai Vegan often during my travels through Northpark. Usually, I'm there around lunch and I get what's on special. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The location is nice; it's in trendy Northpark and there's lots to do. Parking is ok, you have to drive around a bit to find a suitable spot. There's a lot of wheat and gluten based products so this is a sore spot for me. I love their desserts, again most are not gluten free.

Pros: Daily specials, Great customer service, Nice location

Cons: Not enough gluten free options

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so good - Edit

I had the nachos and a cinnamon roll and my daughter had a custard filled donut. Everything was so fresh and amazing. Most take home cinnamon rolls when heated up tend to become a little dry but not this cinnamon roll. It taste fresh baked. The nachos were out of this world and I will be returning many times.

Pros: reasonable price

Cons: cash only

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I ordered the full brunch menu, and either I was truly starving or it was the BEST brunch I have ever had. The full brunch included a vegan tofu scramble with steamed veggies like broccoli and zucchini, roasted potatoes, biscuits and gravy, maple-flavored bacon, vegan-buttery pancakes and fresh fruit.

Some tofu scramble leaves a certain after taste, but not theirs. Fresh scramble and veggies con mucho sabor.

Deliciously flavored papas with peppers and onions. They tasted even better mixed in with the scramble. Very yummy!

Fresh southern-style biscuits with thick gravy. So good!

2 big, soft and golden brown pancakes, which came with vegan butter and syrup. Better than any IHOP or Denny's. They were like fluffy clouds of happiness in my mouth.

All of this amazing food for only $12.95. What a steal! It also came with your choice of coffee or tea, which I declined. I had called in my order so it was ready when I arrived. And I was super grateful that the employee informed me ahead of time that they were cash only, so I stopped and picked up some cash before heading in.
There was street parking, but luckily I found a spot right outside of their front door.

While checking out, I noticed a huge cupcake staring at me from their dessert case. When she said, "caramel," I knew it was coming with me. From the moist cake, to the to-die-for caramel icing and caramel sauce... It was definitely one of those "I can't believe it's vegan" moments.

As I was paying, I also noticed that they had an amazing special for the day: Pineapple Upside Down French Toast. I asked if it would be available the following day, but to my dismay, they're closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. I'll just have to make sure that my next San Diego visit spans across several of their operating days, because I can not wait to have more of this yumminess in my belly!

Pros: delicious all vegan menu, friendly staff, great prices

Cons: parking

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Great! - Edit

Friendly staff, perfectly sized menu, and the most delicious cinnamon rolls.

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Nice and vegan - Edit

I took a friend here for her birthday. We enjoyed our meal, we found the food a bit bland and expensive. Great ideas, nice staff, smallish menu. Glad to have a vegan restaurant in this part of town, but hope they focus more on healthy options and more seasoning.

Pros: clean restaurant, friendly staff, flavored water delicious

Cons: smallish menu, food a bit bland

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Excellent Vegan Food - Edit

I ate here a couple of weeks ago and highly recommend it. I had the Chickn & Dumplings (chewy yummy dumplings) and hot chocolate (double yum!). I went back on Sunday for the Brunch with hibiscus tea- pancakes were nice and fluffy, and the entire meal was excellent. The employees and chef (owner?) are all very nice. I highly recommend Moncai Vegan.

Pros: Yummy food, Friendly staff, Hot Chocolate!

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Sunday Brunch - Edit

Came here for Father's Day and they served tofu scramble, biscuit with mushroom gravy, tempeh bacon, pancakes, fruits and veggies! It was delicious! Will definitely be going back! I gonna try their donuts!

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Great food, friendly people. - Edit

Moncai Vegan is awesome. I had their Sunday brunch deal. They have nice outdoor seating with a heat lamp for those 'cold' San Diego nights. The people are friendly and knowledgable.

Cons: closed on Monday and Tuesday

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