Nick's Kitchen

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 20 reviews )

2449 Geneva Ave, Daly City, California, USA, 94014

This Filipino restaurant transitioned from non-veg to fully vegan in Sep 2017. Hosts karaoke nights. Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-9:00pm, Fri 11:00am-10:00pm, Sat 9:00am-10:00pm, Sun 9:00am-8:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Asian, Fusion, Filipino

20 Reviews

First Review by Doctordeb

comfort food guilt FREE! - Edit

Finally a place where I can order and not feel guilty! Growing up Filipino American, white rice and usually a fried pork dish with chopped tomatoes and salted egg was the way to go. Now, the truth is what I am about, trans a month ago, so finding Nick’s is vital. The food is delicious, I will go back until i’ve tried every dish!

Pros: all vegan, reasonable prices, informative when asked about the ingredients

Cons: dinning area needs more TLC, chairs need an update, room is a bit dark

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Amazing Filipino and home-style cooking - Edit

Have had about 5 meals at Nick's over the past few months and they just keep getting better and better! I'm guessing it's the only Filipino vegan restaurant in the country, and the fact that about 75% of the customers in the place last night were Filipino is a sign about how good the food is! But don't forget the Western home-style offerings: the fried "chick'n" with mac and cheeze was amazing, as was the "meat"loaf made from lentils, and the pot-pie turnover could possibly convert any carnivore! The Phili Cheeze Steak was great if you're craving a hearty sandwich. On the Filipino side, the Laing with rice was simple and mouthwatering, and our favorite Sizzling Sissig is a must-have dish. And don't forget to save room for the unbelievably good breakfast pancakes. Please support this great restaurant!

Pros: Parking has always been pretty easy, Great variety of food, Entertainment some nights

Cons: Sometimes super busy on weekends--be patient :-)

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flavorful cuisine in a welcoming atmosphere - Edit

I have been here twice, so far, and had a great experience both times. The first time I went for lunch with a non-veg Filipino colleague, and I forget exactly what we ordered, but we each ordered noodle dishes and we both really enjoyed the meal.

I was lucky enough to eat here again with my husband last night, and he ordered the “chicken” adobo and I ordered the “chicken” katsu special. We had the oyster mushroom skewers and another appetizer that was the faux meat fried rolls, and we loved all of it. I really enjoyed the katsu sauce on the breaded cutlet, and wished I had more sauce, but my husband especially loved it because he thinks people generally use too much katsu sauce and thought this version had just the perfect amount. So it worked out:)

The atmosphere was relaxed and inviting with families, lone diners, and couples in attendance. I was there somewhat early (6ish), and there was music playing, but at a quiet volume that allowed for conversation. There were fresh flowers on the table and string lights on the ceiling, a very pleasant casual eating environment.

Another thing that strikes me as unique about this restaurant is the area in which this restaurant is located. It’s like an island of compassion in a neighborhood that has more than its fair share of fast food and meat heavy storefronts. The restaurant is located across the street from the cow palace, an event venue that hosts rodeos (among other things like raves and boat shows), and it’s less than a block away from a pet store selling caged birds...while it’s unpleasant to see evidence of animal cruelty in this world, it’s truly inspiring to see a positive, animal friendly business that is an integrated part of the local community in an area that didn’t have as many vegan friendly options before.

Pros: exciting flavors, relaxing atmosphere

Cons: portions are on the smaller side

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Vegan filipino food, cool! - Edit

I've never really had Filipino food before, so it was awesome to try this. We had the sisig, chicken adobo, and the lumpia Shanghai, and it was all tasty. The lumpia was not super remarkable and the chicken was kind of your standard chewy soy veg chicken but the sisig was pretty amazing. We got the halo halo for dessert which was super weird and awesome. Our server was friendly and the food came disconcertingly fast. Seems like they are still working out some of the service stuff (slow to bring menus, didn't bring water until after food, etc) but we had a good experience.

Pros: Filipino! Unusual. , Everything was tasty, Not too pricey

Cons: Kind of odd service

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amazing eats! - Edit

my friend and i just left the rock the school bells conference at skyline college where we saw a performance by ruby ibarra, who talked about how the food in the philippines is one thing she misses the most about her home country and after eating many of your delicious dishes i can see why!! the food was so good i had to order more to go...also because i live in oakland and don’t get out that way much, but it will definitely serve as a destination from here on out!!

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Great Place for Lunch - Edit

The place is cozy and the staff is friendly. The food is good. Some traditional foods with a mix of U.S. tastes.

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Delicious food! - Edit

We found Nick's Kitchen through HappyCow and it was a very nice surprise! The place is lovely decorated, the service is beyond great and the food... Simply delicious! Strongly recommend :)

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Delicious; Nice Ambiance - Edit

I grew up with a large number of Filipino friends, and there were always huge trays of lumpia and pancit at any gathering. I was already vegetarian, though, so I wasn’t going to eat any of it, but a friend’s mom took pity on me and once made me some veggie lumpia and veggie pancit! Soooooo good. The lumpia and pancit at Nick’s are even better!

The lumpia bihon (fried “egg” rolls) were crispy and savory and delicious, and the pancit (rice noodles) was extremely tasty. We also had sisig, which was made with tofu, green pepper, and mushroom with and spices, along with some brown rice. Yum! The flavors and textures are so great.

We finished up our meal with halo halo—a traditional dessert with so many different scrumptious elements.

Nick’s is our new favorite place! The ambiance was also great.

Pros: delicious food, kid-friendly, nice ambiance

Cons: none!

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10/10 so good, best breakfast - Edit

So good, amazing atmosphere, friendly staff, food... the best.

Pros: all vegan

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amazing! - Edit

We were looking for a vegan spot and to our surprise everything in this restaurant is Vegan and I have never been to a place with such great hospitality the owner himself brought out the dishes and welcomed us in as if we were family! free dessert if you perform a song and the environment was just amazing! I will definitely recommend this place to anyone the food was amazing and I will definitely be going back!

Pros: food was exceptionally good dessert was amazing ha

Cons: no cons!

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Nice ambience mediocre food - Edit

This is a cute hole in the wall restaurant in a working class neighborhood. They had live music which was wonderful! Unfortunately the food wasn’t particularly good - not very flavorful, bland. Though it was our first time eating Filipino food so it’s possible that the cuisine itself is not great. Good find if you are vegan in the area, but not a place I would go out of my way to eat at.

Pros: cute, live music

Cons: food

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Ribs were amazing! - Edit

Ribs were so good.

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Your intro to Filipino vegan dishes - Edit

Brought a friend here and had Lumpia, Bihon, Sisig, and Halo-halo. We enjoyed all of them and my friend thought of bringing her mom here when she is visiting from France. She's not even vegan.

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Vegan Filipino Food is here - Edit

Never had Vegan Filipino food? Here's your chance to try some.

So far my favorite dishes are:

Pancit, Tofu Scramble, Adobe of the day (Asian Spinach), Garlic Rice

My friends just love the crab cakes made with artichokes. The skin was crispy but it was too fishy for me.

I was so excited about lumpia that I forgot to use the dipping sauce. geez

Ice cream and Flan in the halo halo are vegan and made in house.

A plus about this place, they have karoke and entertainment here. If you can sing or play an instrument, you can participate.

At times, I've enjoyed the music so much that I forgot they also serve food here!

Pros: vegan, great staff, music on stage

Cons: street parking, tough if Cow Palace has an event, eventually can sort out where to park

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Amazing! - Edit

Everything was amazing from the customer service to the quality of the food. We even had trouble finding parking and we called and the owner personally came out and found is a spot. Everything was delicious. Highly recommended. I wish I could give more than five stars.

Pros: crab cakes, philly cheese steak

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So Tasty - Edit

Completely vegan menu with a lot of options! I had the spring rolls and Philly "Cheesesteak" and both were great. Service was very friendly and prompt. If I lived in the area, I would be here a lot!

Pros: Totally vegan, great service, Inexpensive, nice at

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I was recently in The City and I knew I had to check out some of the DELICIOUS VEGAN options they have here! My best friend isn't Vegan but he is Filipino so Nicks Kitchen was an easy sell! The place is super cute and inviting, we sat ourself on arrival and we're greeted and given menus soon after. We decided on 4 dishes to split between us... LUMPIA SHANGHAI/PHILLY CHEEZE STEAK/ LONGSILOG & ADABO of the day!! My bestie was super impressed by the authenticity and said the flavors reminded him of a lot of his favorite recipes!! So that was awesome and made me even more happy with the experience! (He is usually quick to point out any differences between MURDER FOOD and AMAZING cruelty free delicious dishes!)

I personally LOVED LOVED LOVED THE PHILLY CHEEZE STEAK!!! The LUMPIA was bomb as well and the stew had really fresh flavors!! There was a stage with some instruments so I would love to be there a night they had LIVE music!

The LONGSILOG was my least favorite of everything we had, the tofu scramble was pretty flavorless and the Vegan Sausage had good flavor but looked kind of like a dog treat! The only other downside was I'm guessing it was the owners kid that was walking around playing video games and singing!! She was absolutely adorable but it did take away a lil from the professionalism of the place. (But I'm not a kid person)




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Filipino Vegan Paradise Made with Love - Edit

Bay Area locals and visitors rejoice! Nick's Kitchen in Daly City ditched meat and has now gone vegan. The resto features Pinoy food like Lumpia Shanghai, Palabok, Monggo, Spaghetti, Sizzling Tofu, Nilaga and Kare Kare; and American fare like Succulent "Ribs", Mashed Potatoes, "Crab" Cakes (using artichokes) and Philly Cheese"steak". Dessert-lovers can have treats like Turon, Croissant and Chocolate Chip Cookie. For breakfast, we had Puto Maya at Tsokolate, Baconsilog and French Press Coffee with soy milk.

This switch was a leap of faith by owners Reina and Kenny who are true believers in the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Food here is delicious and satisfying, place is clean, and owners are awesome. Ate here 3x this week and all I can say is that this resto is an absolute winner.

Fun Fact: Ironically, Nick's location is across Cow Palace  --an indoor arena that is sometimes used for livestock shows.

Pros: Food never disappoints, Very clean banyo, Good music

Cons: Parking can be a challenge but it's worth every bi

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Delicious, don't miss! - Edit

We wanted to try out the new vegan place in Dali City and we were not disappointed. We will become regulars for sure!

We tried the Philly sandwich (that came with homemade fries!) and the Tofu & Mushroom Sising with brown rice. Both were absolutely delicious, but the sandwich was my favourite.

For desert we tried the chocolate donut and chocolate croissant, so fresh, they melt in your mounth!

Prices are fair, portions are big.

The only downside, which hopefully will get fixed, is that they brought the Philly long after I had finished my meal, the Sizzling Sising.
It took them more than 40 min to make it, even tough we were the only clients.
It didn't bother us because we were not in a hurry, but it would have been a major downside had we been in a hurry

Updated from previous review on 2017-09-04

Pros: 100% vegan, Delicious

Cons: no parking

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Amazing vegan food in Daly City - Edit

I heard that a Filipino restaurant in Daly City had been completely reborn as a vegan restaurant, so I went with some omni friends. Everyone loved it. The food was amazing. We had tofu scrambles, biscuits and gravy, ribs (!), an amazing combination of jackfruit and gluten in a fantastic barbecue sauce. We tried the macaroni salad, too, which was delicious. Dessert was yummy vegan doughnuts and a chocolate croissant! The prices were so reasonable. I cannot believe my luck to have this place right here!!!

Pros: Fantastic vegan food, Great prices

Cons: None!

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