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My daughter loves this place and so do I! Meat eater would never realize they were missing anything. Some of the sushi items leave a bit to be desired but I the rest of the food is awesome, well priced and served in portions that totally allow for left overs and late night snacking. Many choices and substitutions are allowed. The vegan dessert absolutely blow your socks off. The Banana cake with coconut cream is my daughter's fav but I tried their new vegan raspberry cheese cake...I'd rather have that then the real thing!


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The food was great and you can change most dishes with whichever meat substitute you want--"chicken," "beef," or tofu--I had spicy ginger tofu (not spicy, but I was happy for that), spring rolls, and a piece of chocolate cake (the desserts that are vegan are clearly marked so). The cake was a little weird in texture, but it wound up being delicious, especially with the sweet, buttercream-like frosting. Prices were reasonable.

My friends told me that the fake meat tasted pretty close to the real thing, so anyone who doesn't like the taste of meat should probably go with the tofu or noodle dishes. Also, non-vegan items are clearly marked as such along with the ingredient that makes them non-vegan. I didn't know about the chicken problem mentioned by the other users, so I didn't ask if it was vegan or not.


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After already arranging to eat here with family members, I read the previous review that states the mock chicken has egg in it. I was incredibly disappointed to learn this, as their chicken dishes are the best (especially the orange chicken). Since plans had already been made, I came here anyway and scanned the menu for some intriguing non-chicken item. I tried a "beef" dish (chow mein) and just didn't like it. Supposedly it is one of their more popular dishes; I didn't like the texture of the mock beef and was sort of bored by the rest of the bowl's contents. Perhaps there are better things I could have ordered.

I'm very disappointed as I've had bona fide VEGAN mock chicken before and know it CAN be obtained! I'm also very put off that a vegetarian establishment that openly courts vegan customers would lie about ingredients. As I ate my appetizer and meal, I wondered if the ingredients really were vegan as promised; this suspicion made me not want to come back anymore. On top of it all, the people who work there are so nice, which makes me feel bad about being mad!

They have some interesting desserts. Stay away from the cakes unless they are fresh; otherwise they are dried-out and stale.


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i'm vegan,

i heard a rumor a while ago that the soy chicken at sipz restaurant was not vegan, and that they refuse to let anybody read the ingredients list stating its thrown away or something i just decided to call and try to get an ingredients list, and managed to speak to a new person who read me the ingredients list for the vegan chicken she read 'separated albumin' it has egg derivatives in it I'm really upset that they'd hidden the soy chicken ingredients from customers for years, and that they fed me egg when i ordered a vegan dish. while i was on the phone with the really nice girl i heard one of the owners snap at her for reading ingredients over the phone. feeding vegans non vegan food puts them in violation of the food safety act of 1990 and the trade descriptions act of 1968 which states that information given about food must not falsely describe the food.

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Sipz has a large menu featuring hearty, simple Asian dishes (and some non-Asian dishes). All their entrees are under $8 and they come in portion sizes that are perfect for a single meal (though not big enough for me to have leftovers!). The food was tasty, but not superb by any means; sometimes it seemed a bit too greasy or sweet, but on a whole it was good. The service was a bit slow, especially when trying to get the check.


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I recently went to Sipz Cafe with 6 non-vegetarians, and all of us thought the food was incredible. My husband stated that they had the best Orange Chikn he'd ever eaten, and he is a "meat and potatoes" person. The Tom Yum soup was great, and so were the spring rolls and Chikn drummies. The only reason I gave it a 9 was because I didn't care too much for the atmosphere. The servers were very friendly and they were prompt in serving us our dinners. If you are ever in the San Diego area, you must stop here with your non-vegetarian friends. They will wonder no more how wonderful vegan food can really be!


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Sipz is casual but clean, and the amount of Vegan items on the menu is far higher than most places in San Diego. The Poway Sipz is closed now but Clairemont is still open and still fabulous. Portions are big and the mock chicken is really good.


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The food is really good. My favorite so far is the chicken basil and the orange "chicken". The mango dessert is awesome too! My food came a bit too fast. Slow down guys.


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I have gone to the SIPZ in Clairemont since they opened. I WANT to love this place but its the service or lack there of that leaves a bad taste in my mouth every time. I agree with posts I have read that ask the question do we have no choice but to put up with bad service in order to get vegetarian food? We have a negative reputation developing here, not a good sign by any standard.

I visited SIPZ in Poway last night, bringing with me a party of 4 who had never been. I politely asked our waiter if he could EITHER turn down the loud Frank Sanatra music OR the equally loud television, set up so that the owner/cook could watch television while he worked? I was given a dirty look and then told that he would have to ask the other employee. Their decision was to turn up the volume on both. Personally if I wanted to watch TV I could have saved my money and stayed home. I admit that I am not a multi tasker. Music, television and good conversation with my guests can get all jumbled and give me a headache.
This behavior and the smallest portion of lasagna that I have ever seen did nothing but embarrass me in front of the friends from Poway that I had talked into going to SIPZ in the first place. Will I ever go to the Poway SIPZ again? Not a chance. Will I recommend either SIPZ in the future? Probably not. The service has always been sub standard, the food has never been consistently good, the Kung Po is closer to sweet and sour minus the sour. Their strong suit is attitude, for that I give them a 10.


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The food is pretty good. I like it for the most part. It really is too inconsistent though. I can't go there and count on my food being done well. One day, the Kung Pao chicken is really great, the next day it is way off.

I have stopped ordering any noodle dishes but the Japanese Fire Noodles. Because that is the only dish that consistently isn't served to me as a bowl of noodles stuck together. The Pad Thai comes out with a bunch of sticky noodles that are hopelessly stuck together and nearly impossible to pick up without bringing the whole mass up with it. SAD!

I find myself going back even though the service isn't the best. But I find that all the veg restaurants have pretty bad service... what gives? I mean at Sipz, every time I order an appetizer (which is almost always- can't beat the chicken drumstickz) it comes out at the same time as my meal. That is just unheard of. I want my appetizer first and then my entree, is that so wrong? Get it together people.

And the last time we went, the young man with the punk rock hairdo refused to let us have the table we wanted. He seated us next to this overcrowded table jammed with toddlers who were crying and trying to interact with us at our table. We were not pleased. He seated us a a four top and there were only two of us. We asked to be seated away from the toddlers and there were three open four tops and he refused to let us have one further away... then proceeded to seat the next couple who came in at the four top we wanted... and they got their food first even though they came in fifteen minutes after we did. GRRRR!

The carryout is also lacking. Three times they have forgotten to give us a dressing or a sauce...so now we have to check the bag thoroughly before driving the ten miles back home. What we put up with for some vegetarian food that we didn't have to make at home.

If anyone from Sipz reads this... could you please cut back on the canned straw mushrooms? When ordering, I find a hard time just finding one dish that doesn't have them in it. I hate those tinned straw mushrooms and for some reason they can't resist drowning everything in them. YUK!


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Sipz is my favorite vegetarian restaurant in San Diego. They also have a new Poway location (see their website for info). They have a large menu with all of the standard (and a few non-standard) Asian dishes. My favorites are the Chinese "chicken" salad and the Broccoli "Beef." I've heard that others really like the Kung Pao "Chicken." The decor is kind of plain, but clean and the service is efficient.


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Sipz offers an extensive menu of delightful vegetarian specialties. Selections include Japanese fire noodles, mock chicken salad, Vietnamese summer rolls, and Thai curry dishes. The drink selections are also extensive, ranging from expresso to bubble tea specialties and delicious fruit drinks. The atmosphere is crisp and informal, and the friendly staff is always ready with a familiar greeting. Already the new San Diego restaurant has become a big hit. Check it out!

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