Mi Lah Vegetarian Restaurant

Philadelphia Metro, Pennsylvania

3.8 / 7 votes

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Vegan, eclectic cuisine

Upscale, trendy dining with vegan sandwiches and entrees. This restaurant is vegan. Fusion food also. This restaurant has received rave reviews from local media. BYOB.

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We came to Mi Lah for brunch and had a passable meal. I like that they start you off with some free fruit; that said, the oranges were sour, the apples looked old, and the grapes were seeded.

We asked for tea and all they had was green, which was fine, but they cost $3 a cup (albeit with free refills). That's expensive for low-grade green tea.

For our mains we had the tofu benedict ($13) and the Indonesian breakfast with caramelized tofu and a seitan fried cake thing ($14). The tofu benedict was okay, but fairly bland, particularly the kale and tomato on the side (why were they not seasoned and incorporated into the dish better?). The hollandaise sauce tasted weirdly lemon-y and I scraped most of it off. That said, I like their tofu, which is firm and really smooth, and went well with the wholewheat English muffins.

The Indonesian breakfast was more flavorful, but wasn't great on a whole. I liked the sweet potato-curry-seitan dollop they gave, but it was too small a portion. The caramelized tofu was tasty, but be warned that this is both oily and sugary (you might feel queezy afterward). The fried cake things were bland.

In general, the portion sizes were small considering the high price of the dishes. As such, Mi Lah is not a great value. While I applaud them for taking some risks with their menu, I don't think they quite succeed; they'd be better off lowering their prices and making more integrated dishes (everything here is served in tiny batches on a gigantic plate).

The service was efficient, if not overly warm. I'll come back to Mi Lah for lunch or dinner, but I'd skip the brunch.

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I arrived at Mi Lah Vegetarian a little before 1 p.m. just as their lunch rush was about to stop. I waited at the front of the restaurant to be seated for about five minutes before picking up a menu to look over their lunch specials. The first floor is small with tables and three seats at the bar looking into the kitchen. There is also upstairs seating where the bathrooms are located. Mi Lah is BYOB and everything on the menu is vegan. Finally, one of the servers came over and sat me at a dirty table that hadn’t been cleaned off yet from the patron before me. I was excited to eat here because their lunch special was $10 for soup, appetizer and entrée. I had a choice between 2 soups, 4 appetizers, and 5 entrées. It took another ten minutes for the server to come back and take my order and I was quickly losing the amount of time that I had before going back to work. I knew I was going to have to eat quickly. My soup and appetizer came out quickly and was served on the same plate. It looked delicious, which was good because I was starving.

Apple Wood Smoked Butternut Squash and Coconut Soup

With only two soup choices it was easy for me to choose the Apple Wood Smoked Butternut Squash and Coconut Soup. I love Butternut Squash soups and this one delivered. The soup was creamy with the light butternut squash taste and smooth texture.

Indonesian Roll with Carrots, Seitan, and Celery Served with Basil Avocado Sauce

Indonesian roll was crunchy shell and the stuffing had lots of flavor. This was my favorite part of lunch. The basil avocado sauce was great too. When I was done the dipping bowl was clean.

Mofongo Veggie Bacon and Chorizo with Tequila and Tomato Sauce

Traditional Mofongo is a Puerto Rican dish made by boiling and then mashing green plantains, and then mixing them with vegetables and bacon. The Chorizo was over cooked and hard on the outside and soft in the middle and way too spicy for my taste. This Mofongo was bland and not very appetizing even though the Tequila and Tomato Sauce was good. The veggie bacon was mixed into a patty with other unidentifiable vegetables. I would not recommend this dish.

I will go back to Mi Lah to try other dishes because I am sure they are more like the soup and appetizer than the entrée.

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Neighborhood

Rittenhouse Square

Non-Smoking

Accepts Reservations

Not Wheelchair Accessible

Prices

$$$ - expensive

Payment

  • MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • American
  • Eclectic (Fusion)
  • Eclectic (Varied)

Features

  • (Mostly) Organic
  • Brunch
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Kosher
  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Romantic

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Hours

11am - 3pm;
5pm - 10pm
10am - 3pm;
5pm - 10pm
10am - 3pm

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