Panda Veg

Richmond, Virginia

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I'm not a vegetarian, but I went and had lunch at Panda Veg with my friend and I thought the food was fantastic! I was also amazed at the dishes they had. There was none of the horrible lemon chicken or General Tso's that are generally served at those silly Americanized Chinese restaurants. Instead, there were dishes that my Chinese mother would usually cook at home (the meat dishes were mock here, of course, but delicious nonetheless). It's as close to authentic Chinese food as you can get away from home (or China) at an affordable price.


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Mock chinese food is readily available in the Richmond area luckily. Panda veg, however, has some of the best mock dishes around. They also serve a variety of vegetables not largely available in most chinese food restaurants (the lotus root dish is amazing!). The owner is amazingly courteous and explains the ingredients used in all the dishes if you ask. They also serve brown rice as an option with their dishes. The best part, however, is the buffet. Delicious miso soup, mock beef and broccoli, sauteed tofu. You can't miss with this place! The outside looks small, but there's always plenty of room!


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We talked to the owner Peter and he assured us that all dishes are vegan. He said that an employee had put fish sauce on his own food but that it was not used in the dishes there.

Vegetarian Society of Richmond
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It has been confirmed by ex-employees that indeed fish sauce is used in some of the items. In fact, very few items were vegan last time I checked, not that most employees will tell you that. Sad.


While my husband and I were traveling in Richmond, we drove by Panda Veg just to see what it looked like. We did not eat there, but the restaurant looked very very small and the location was not exactly the greatest. They may have great food, but I wouldn't know. Maybe one day we will venture out there again and find out.


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A ton of mock meats on the menu. If you're looking for something light, you don't want to eat here. Everything is fairly heavy and greasy. Not the most authentic vegan Chinese and Japanese food I've had (some of their dishes are fairly mediocre) but it'll do if you want a quick and inexpensive meal.

One thing I noticed the last time I was there (Dec 31, 2006), on one table was a huge bottle of fish sauce. I didn't ask the waiter why it was there (I should have) but something you might want to ask them about...


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Oh yeah, this place is awesome. My GF usually drags me here once a week, but no complaints from me. The food is great and varied. They have an extensive menu with more "mock" options than you can imagine, as well as a Japanese menu. They also have an all you can eat buffet that houses some of their more popular options.


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ahhhh Yummy! I had my first taste of Panda Veg at the Richmond Vegetarian festival and it was love at first bite! First it was the General Tso Mock Chicken, then the Moo Shu Mock Chicken and I have worked my way through the entire menu just about! Everything I have tasted (and that is quite a lot!) has been out of this world! Even my non-vegetarian friends love this food! You must try this place I guarantee you will love it!


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panda veg is awesome. my favorite dishes are the kung pao "chicken", vegetable rolls, vegetable wontons, fried bananas, and home style bean curd. it's a good place for college students to go to because of the atmosphere and the low prices, but i would recommend it to anyone- even non vegetarians. surprisingly, their mock meat has tremendous flavor and doesn't have that nasty rubbery texture of most veggie meats. the buffet is definitely worth the $8, and you get the chance to try a bit of everything.


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Me and my vegan boy stumbled into this cute restaurant semi-by-accident while wondering around looking for a hooka bar, and we were absolutely floored to find (esp by accident!!) a not only vegetarian, but VEGAN restaurant!!! We had no idea about this place, but in the weeks since finding this quiet little slice of vegan heaven, have made it our favorite stop while visiting the Broad St/Carytown part of town, and a few times have even come from all the way down at my friends house in Doswell (near KD) just to catch the weekend buffet. It's a wonderful, peaceful little spot that is not even advertised as vegan or veggie, and a place anyone can take even non-veggies to, and they wouldnt notice the difference (except theyd be wondering why their vegan friends were eating the same thing they are!)Absolutely a must-visit place for anyone, esp Richmond vegans looking for quick, cheap, no-hassle-or-frills little meals, or big buffets, while hanging around Broad Street!!!

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Absolutely fantastic Vietnamese/Chinese food, and great portion sizes and prices too. I had the braised tofu and loved it. Small, hip place with casual waitstaff

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