• Thep Lela Thai

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  • White Veg-options

Serves meat, vegan options available. Offers menu items that are naturally vegan such as curries with tofu and vegetables, papaya salad and mango salad. Check about fish sauce. Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-9:30pm, Sun 12:00pm-9:30pm.

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3 Reviews

First Review by marincountyvegan


Points +396

13 Aug 2020

Spicy Eggplant with Tofu

The amount of spice/heat is just right. I was reluctant to try it because I thought that it might be mixed with fish sauce. The restaurant explained that many of the curry dishes had fish sauce, but they could make other dishes vegan. The first time I tried the eggplant dish, there was a slight hint of fish sauce in only the first bite, which may have been from the pan. The second time I ordered the eggplant, I asked if they cooked vegan dishes in pans that had fish sauce, and they assured me that they made it fresh, completely vegan. The second time, the dish was great, without any taste of fish. I'm very sensitive to the flavor, so believe I would not have been able to eat the meal had there been fish sauce. (I gagged after smelling, then biting into a bánh mì from Berkeley Bowl that was supposed to be vegan. It took me forever to recover.) Obviously, I prefer all-vegan restaurants where there's reduced risk of cross-contamination. But I do think this restaurant makes a sincere effort to give you vegan food.

Pros: Great eggplant tofu dish., Friendly staff who know the word vegan.

Cons: Could use more vegan dishes on the menu., Chance of exposure to fish sauce, animal products.



Points +26

18 Jan 2020


I asked the owner and the curries are premade with fish sauce. The only vegan entree available was stirfried vegetables with a side of white rice.

Pros: Cute decor

Cons: Not vegan friendly


Points +1481

02 Aug 2019

Delicious Thai Food in Cozy Spot in Strawberry Village

Love the food here, so flavorful! Tons of curry options that are vegan as-is, plus many things can be made be made vegan. The interior decor is warm and cozy with lots of Thai touches.

Updated from previous review on 2019-08-02

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