What can I say about The Wheel that has not already been said? Let me try.
First, the dining experience here is akin to eating in the home of a family member, or good friend, as an invited guest. Victor and Kim are warm and welcoming, and remember your name long after the first introduction. On each visit, Victor will greet you at your table with a clasping handshake, a brief inquiry as to how you are doing, and will close with a sincere thank you for supporting his small family business. He is never obtrusive or loud, and I have never heard any boastful claims, only expressions of gratitude and appreciation. He closes with his trademark, “Vegan power”, but it is always given in a conversational tone. Kim makes small talk for a few minutes when she visits, again, in an effort to personalize your experience. Longtime server May is a wonderful woman who makes our dining experience a real pleasure.
I appreciate that some patrons may prefer an anonymous dining experience, with food simply being brought out to them by faceless, nameless servers, but I do not. I love that the food at The Wheel is being prepared for me, by people who know my face and my name. Additionally, Mrs. J-G and I have recently gone soy-free (exculding tofu), and May and the staff have been gracious and accomodating in making suggestions and substitutions to dishes to help us out.
The atmosphere is soothing and relaxed, and the patrons seem to respect others’ right to a nice dining experience, unlike some veg places where the trendy, lost souls seeking their identity feel the need to impose their will on other diners by wandering in barefoot and conversing loudly during their meal.
On to the food. The menu choices are extensive, and can be found here--> http://www.wheelofliferestaurant.com/menunewitems.html New items are featured regularly, so something fresh is always available to try.
My favorites include the Pineapple Fried Rice, The Green Curry, The Wheel Fresh Spring Rolls, the Pan Fried Spinach Buns, and the Marble Cake for dessert. I have been dining there for years, and have sampled many of their offerings. The soups and curries are amazing.
I am disappointed that a reviewer would be so given to exaggeration as to allege that a dessert was so hard that it could not be penetrated by a fork and that a family member was nearly blinded trying to break off a piece. I also doubt the veracity of the claim of the use of non-vegan ingredients. One only has to know Victor and Kim to agree with my assertion here. I think the rest of the reviews support the good work being done, and the excellent service being given at this restaurant.
I am giving it five stars out of five, for the outstanding service, atmosphere, and because it is my wife’s favorite of our regular vegan restaurants, which does affect me.