Reviews written by vegankittencooks
Registered on May 15 12
Mimi's offers great food in a family friendly atomosphere at reasonable prices. I often go there to celebrate a family birthday or go with friends. We have not been disappointed. The tofu red curry dish is really tasty and the sesame encrusted tofu is a favorite. If you ask there are vegan entrees not listed on the menu such as the vegan mushroom croquets that my omnivore mom enjoyed on Mother's Day, who knew that picky little omnivore would pick a vegan entree? And love it! They also had a quinoa filled acorn squash entree last winter that was just ok, but I do appreciate the effort they put into making vegan food. New jersey is generally a vegan food desert, so I am grateful when anybody tries to get creative with a vegetable. Mimi's definately makes an effort.
The wait staff are patient and knowledgeable about vegan food requirements, and the chef was willing to modify a couple of otherwise vegetarian dishes to provide a nice meal at a resonable cost. The food was more creative that most american restaurants I've been to that cater to mostly omnivores.There were Mexican inspired dishes on the menu that satisfied, also the blackbean soup was very good. The bread is not vegan however which was a shame as it looked tempting. I would return to this restaurtant.
The shop is cute but definately too small if you plan to devour your cupcakes on the spot. I haven't eatten a vegan cupcake that doesn't taste like the main ingredient is sand in two years, infact I have just about given up eatting cake entirely because of the difficulty in obtaining decent vegan baked goods in that vegan food desert that is New Jersey. But their chocolate cupcake was really good, the icing was yummy and not greasey or weird in any way. The only problem I had at babycakes was having enough money to pick up a few treats for later as each cupcake cost more than four dollars! Ouch! Looks like I may have to give up cake anyway, but I am tempted to buy their cook book to see if this result can be replicated in my own kitchen.
Candle 79 is simply the best vegan restaurant. Ofcourse all the offerings are vegan, but they are also organic and mostly local as is practical and super fresh. The service is always great, I often go with a large group of friends before a concert or show and the meals are timed so well. The wait staff are also knowledgeable about all the options on the menu (read: they can explain to your omnivore friends what's in seitan). The food is creative, fresh, and really delicious. The kale salad is a favorite as well as the Seitan picata. They have a menu that changes with the seasons, there are daily specials which I often try and have not been disappointed. There's a great selection of appetizers, my kids love their nachos, i love the seitan skewers and the nori rolls. For Dessert try the Mexican chocolate cake or mousse tower, yum! Last time I was there I was greeted so warmly by Benay Vynerib, one of their managers she makes you feel like your having dinner at a good friends house. I asked about how a dessert is made and she called the pastry chef Jorge Pineda to our table, he was just lovely, shared some vegan recipe secrets! Such a great meal with friends, thanks Candle!!!