Vinh Loi Tofu

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18625 Sherman Way Ste 101, Reseda, California, USA, 91335

Small Vietnamese cafe serving a variety of food, from hot soups, fried tofu, and spring rolls to noodles, rice, sandwiches, and curry. Tofu and soymilk are made onsite. Sells refrigerated food including mock meats, tofu, soymilk, desserts. Quick service. Parking lot in front. Open Mon-Sat 10:00am-9:00pm, Sun 11:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Fast food, Take-out, Vietnamese

47 Reviews

First Review by lasquizee

Fantastic! - Edit

Honestly, I was a little skeptical when we pulled up outside as the exterior is a bit sketchy. But glad that didn't deter us because once inside we discovered the restaurant is clean, comfortable and homey. The food is fantastic, reasonably priced for the generous portions and the owner is very personable and helpful.
I loved the udon noodles with the freshly made tofu and my only very recently vegetarian husband enjoyed the selection of creative house made mock meats.
Excited to go back soon and try a few more dishes from the incredibly extensive menu.

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amazing food! - Edit

Tofu heaven found in Reseda. The food is simply delicious and the place is low key and cozy. The tofu duck is pretty amazing. My personal favorite is the bbq tofu duck filled steamed buns. They are my new obsession. Owner operated and that just makes it all the better.

Pros: non gmo soy used . delicious and affordable

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no vegies - Edit

I was so disappointed with this place. I arrived at a busy lunch hour, the owner was short with me. I asked for any dish with lots of veggies more than anything else. When the dish came I told the server he had the wrong table. All I saw was some beefy fake meat stuff and noodles. When he brought it to the owner he said it was the right dish and sent it back to me.He said the vegetables were on the bottom. I lifed the nnodles and saw a few pieces of iceberg lettuce and a few slices of raw zucchini. I left it untouched and paid for it. Never again and I don't think $11.00 for this is cheap. I'd give it one cow but the system won't let me.

Pros: no meat

Cons: too much fake meat

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Very good, authentic and cheap food - Edit

I have been here a couple of times and the food is always fresh and tasty. The owner is very involved and attentive and very helpful in choosing from the extensive menu. They have a pretty good selection of desserts as well. 100% vegan. Best bahn mi I have ever had, btw.

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Best. Vegan. Ever. - Edit

What can I say? As a former carnivore I thought that the chicekn wings here were as good as those I used to eat at Hooters!. Really. Sorry that I have to admit that most 'meaty' foods taste better to the Western palate but honestly I've taken an equivocal approach to most vegan eateries and thus judged them on an independent scale.Not so here. The wings had just the right amount of spice and zip and really had a true 'meaty' mouth feel.

The tofu was out of this world. I can see why people come from out of state and literally freeze dry this stuff to take home with them for long term use.

While its not the largest restaurant in the world(ha ha) Kevin the proprietor WENT out of his way to make my family happy on a busy weekend evening. Although the wait was really not long at all(maybe 15 minutes) Kevin came out and offered the above wings free to My little kiddos even though we were happily waiting with waters and menus in hand. EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE-He took a "mi casa es su casa" attitude toward our party and really made us feel truly at home. As an Asian American I've been embarrassed by the terrible service that is unfortunately often the norm at Asian eateries. Vinh Loi is a happy exception to that rule.

Price was reasonable as well. We got out for about $50 for 3 adults and 2 kiddos which while high compared to a regular Asian dive like Sam Woo's or your typical Viet Pho place is a completely different ballgame here.





Pros: Food, Service, Value

Cons: NONE!

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Excellent - Will Come Back - Edit

Visited once after friends recommended. Great food - the three of us really enjoyed the food and the friendly service. Then I bought fresh tofu to take home and happily cooked (cubed, fried and served over fresh salad!). Will definitely go back.
Updated from previous review on Tuesday June 16, 2009
Just to say, we keep going there on a very regular basis and we love this place, Kevin and his family. The food is great and this place is very friendly. I eat mostly the #1 soup and the tofu salad, though everything else we had there is awesome too.

Pros: Tasty, Cheap, Fresh Tofu

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Great Vegan Vietnamese - Edit

Visited here for lunch and had a few rolls and the house special soup. I was impressed (as I usually am with vegan communities/restaurants) that most of the people who came in knew the owner (Kevin) by name. Our food was fresh, tasty, and my non-vegan friend really loved it too (to the point of inspiring him to make some positive changes in his diet!)

Pros: Tasty, Friendly

Cons: Tiny

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AMAZING - Edit

I can't say enough good things about this place. Flavorful, spicy, well done amazing vietnamese food. And it's all vegan! I was beside myself when my friend took me here last week. Everyone needs to go to VLT [:

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awesome - Edit

Great food and owners! Best soup ever. Not a date or glamor spot though. Everyone I have brought, even non vegans love it

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Yummy food - Edit

This was my first time at this vegan restaurant. I was recommended by the owner to try the Spam Number 5 salad and this was delicious. I came in alone but patrons there were friendly like the owner. I bought some homemade soy milk on my way out. I will be back soon to try out something new. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity.----Bea

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best fake meats ever - Edit

Let me just say, i moved away 4 years. When I came back this was one of my first stops. Yes, this place is that good. And yes, I stocked up. I love the soy fish and the ham rolls.

Pros: Best fake meat, lovely owners

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Udon noodles 2011 - Edit

I love the food at Vinh Loi Tofu! Kevin the owner has truly invested his heart and soul into the place - it comes across in his wonderful food and interactions with his customers. I love the udon noodles 2011 with fried mushroom tofu, "ham", cabbage, mushrooms and delicious udon noodles. I always vow to try something new but kinda stuck on this perfect dish. This is one of my favorite food destinations and I drive out of my area to eat there - thank you Kevin & family for making Vinh Loi Tofu so special for your customers.

Pros: Cravable Vietnamese food, Veganaliscious!, Kevin

Cons: Limited seating

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I love this place!!! - Edit

I hate to be so boring and just add to the rants and raves of everybody else, but this place is actually labelled my favorite place in Southern California ever!

Everytime I go there I am pleased with Kevin's creations! I love the "pork" spring rolls and "pork" special vietnamese sandwiches that he makes!

The soups are just amazing too!

But I especially like the atmosphere there ~ It's very casual and we always end up talking to someone interesting and learning something new ~ It's sort of like a community center for super cool vegans =)

Thanks for the delicious food guys!

Pros: Soups, sandwiches, personalities

Cons: not in SF, in LA

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Vinh Loi Tofu excels in the valley - Edit

Full review and pics on my blog:
http://martysnycveggiereview.blogspot.com/2011/08/vinh-loi-tofu.html
In Van Nuys for a quick overnight I am psyched to find a vegan restaurant so close to the airport. I have no idea why I haven't found this place before because "find" is the operative word. I sat next to a couple who were not vegans and said they came there every Tuesday for dinner because they just loved the food. Now I know what they were talking about. Kevin Tran has done a remarkable job of putting a flavor explosion into his food. The walls are covered with pictures of dishes and I must admit, I love to order by picture.

The restaurant is small with maybe 12 tables. It's a bright and happy place. I was both confused and awed when I walked in. That my be my general state of mind but I love it when I see a big sign that says, "ORDER HERE!" I didn't see such a sign so had to do the uncool thing and ask, "Do you have table service or do I order here."

They do have table service so if you see a spot, take it. I discussed with my waitress what I wanted and the heat level. I settled on extra hot American which probably translated to mild Vietnamese. The chefs got it wrong and made the food mildly spicy but this was a lucky break for me. I got a small dab of the house special hot sauce. According to Kevin, the other hot chili sauces offered to diners were to him, merely ketchup. This stuff was the real deal. And I was warned to take it easy. It was, (and I don't use this word lightly), awesome. This stuff made you stand up and take notice! Perfect. And since I asked to buy some Kevin gave me a small container since it's not for sale! Then he queried me about how I was going to get this stuff through security and I told him I was the Captain and it was a private jet. At this point he took the sauce back ... and brought me a huge container filled to the brim. This will last me 6 months at least if I used it every day.


Small corner space. You're heading the wrong way on Sherman Way to see it. I had to turn around when the GPS said I passed it.

You can see the pics on the wall.
There are just so many options and choices here that it really was comforting to have my waitress help with the ordering. The food was delicious, which is easy to say, with many levels of texture and flavors. Heat levels coming out of the kitchen were under-estimated which is good for those with delicate palates. You can always add more heat but once a

Pros: amazing food, friendly staff, small

Cons: small, stomach too small to eat everything

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Absolutely wonderful! - Edit

You have to eat here! House speacial soup FTW! I always sub fried tofu for "meat". Seriously I eat here once a week, just do it!

Pros: Best tofu ever, parking

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Excellent Variety - Edit

Vinh Loi Tofu is one of my favorite places. The menu is quite extensive and there is something for everyone there. If you become a regular, Kevin the owner, will be able to provide you with custom recommendations that are not on the menu.

Pros: Great food, great service , reasonably priced

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Tofu Factory AND Restaurant - Edit

My first time here. The place is very small so I can imagine when it is super busy there would be no room to sit so you would have to do take-out. I didn't see any chairs or tables outside.

This is a very casual friendly restaurant where some of the customers were talking to each other and to Kevin, the owner, whom is super friendly! So nice to see that.

Now on to the food: I'm not much of an Asian food lover probably because I have only gone to one other. We ordered the fried tofu nuggets and tofu french fries - very unique dish - not that impressed with the flavor, but it was an experience. Now, the other dish was Curry Chicken w/ Rice Noodles and it was YUMMY - so many different flavors in my mouth all at once - WOW!!

I had to try their tofu at home, so I bought two huge blocks of it and it is very very tasty and inexpensive!!

I will go there again and try different things each time.
Updated from previous review on Saturday September 25, 2010
Updated from previous review on Saturday September 25, 2010

Pros: Friendly customers and staff

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Perhaps my favorite place in the world - Edit

I love VLT. I love everything they have there (with the exception of the new "veggie burger" - an experiment gone wrong) and I have tried to steadily go through the menu and get new things because I have only been disappointed once out of eating here countless times in the past several years. I ate here even before going veg and loved it then. Kevin, the owner, is a warm and personable guy and he's quick with recommendations for VLT virgins (if you like soup, and you like spicy, House Special; if you want noodles, BBQ duck). The BBQ duck (which I think is just traditional seitan mock-duck but with a great sweet sauce) is amazing! Also, excellent banh mi (Vietnamese baguette sandwiches) for around $5. Best deal in town! For a special and unique treat get the seaweed roll. It's like a vegan ham sushi roll wrapped in rice paper, like some combination of Vietnamese spring roll and sushi. It is AMAZING.

Pros: Delicious, Fast, Great value

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