Garden Fresh Vegetarian Restaurant

Peninsula and South Bay, California

3.6 / 7 votes

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Vegan Chinese-inspired meals with mock meat

Garden Fresh is a vegan Chinese-inspired restaurant that offers wheat gluten, tofu and tofu skin, and vegetable dishes with interesting sauces and many variations. Also offers appetizers, soups, veggie dogs, and burgers. Brown rice comes with all entrees. New owner took over in 2006.

Added by Suzanne on Feb 5 05 (last updated Jun 2 11)

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Excellent Asian vegan food at reasonable prices. It will make any flesh eating, blood thirsty human think about adopting a non violent, vegan lifestyle.....


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One of the servers was friendly, chatty and welcoming and made my stay more pleasant, one server was all business, not warm or friendly. The decor is very sparse, not a romantic or cozy place. The rice shake drink was REALLY delicious and worth a second visit in and of itself. The shui jiao (dumplings appetizer) were mushy, too big, with too much dough coating lending a doughiness on top of the mushiness, and quite bland. Contents seemed to be overcooked vegetable mush. They came with no sauce so I had to make my own from the soy and pepper sauces already at the table. Main entree, string beans with vegan chicken, was more flavorful than the dumplings but not very appealing. Drenched in uncomfortably sweet brown sauce with little character or spice, though this was described as a spicy dish by the waitress. Greasy food. The string beans were cooked just the right amount though, tender yet crunchy, remarkable. I see the problem is probably just the cooking style doesn't appeal to me, as the chef clearly knows what he or she is doing in at least some respects. Unfortunately this greasy, doughy, sugar-drowned cooking style is so common with the vegetarian Chinese restaurants in the South Bay. The portions of the appetizer and entree were excessive. Brown rice was brought with the food without my asking, such a pleasant and rare surprise.

As the restaurant filled up during peak time it became clear 2 waitresses isn't enough for the crew to be able to provide high quality customer service and my table got very little attention. Still, the friendlier of the 2 waitresses kept a good attitude and composure and found a little time to chat amiably with guests at other tables, admirable. I really appreciate anyone running a business catering to vegetarians and feel thankful for their work, I wish I could honestly find more positive things to say, but unfortunately I can't recommend this restaurant on any other merits than being able to enjoy feeling confident the food is vegetarian, the properly-cooked beans, the tasty rice drink, the brown rice and the good spirit of one of the waitresses. Appealing flavor and pleasant ambiance are for the most part seriously lacking.

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Directions

Corner of El Camino Real and Shoreline/Miramonte, next door to Baskin & Robbins 31 Flavors.

Non-Smoking

Prices

$ - inexpensive

Payment

  • Discover MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • Chinese

Features

  • Outdoor Seating

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Hours

11am - 9:30pm

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