The Sacred Garden only serves vegetarian and vegan Thai food and it is terrific. This place has everything I look for in a vegetarian restaurant; top quality food with tons of vegan choices, friendly and mellow wait staff and a clean and pleasant dining room.
Starting with the food - the seasonings are top notch and the ingredients obviously fresh. These people know what they are doing in the kitchen. There are always new dishes to try and every time I go I am very pleasantly surprized by another new creation.
One word of caution - be prepared for a bit of a shock when you see some (mock) "shrimps" in the Pad Thai and other dishes because they are fairly realistic looking. The menu also lists things like chicken and other meats, but it is all simulated. This place is pure veggie, despite the descriptions. Other than that the surprizes are all really good ones.
The man who usually serves us is very nice, and while attentive and quite quick, seems very mellow at the same time. That's an art in itself. The other servers are all great too.
The decor really adds to the experience. The art is mostly Buddhist and some pieces are really interesting.
It is owned by the same folks who own Sweet Basil.
On our last visit our non-veggie friends, who were initially reluctant to go to a "veggie" place, loved it so much they vowed to return.
The only downside of the Sacred Garden is that it is too popular, so line-ups are the norm on weekends. Go early on week-nights and you should be ok. They open at 5:30. They seem to be taking reservations now for early seatings, but from the look of the line-ups, perhaps not later in the evening.
This is easily my favourite Ottawa restaurant.