Reviews written by timmy_tofu
Registered on Aug 28 06
For the price it can't be beat, and it's all vegan! Less than 200 crowns (€8) for 2 meals, tea for 2, a muffin, and a pin.
One word of warning, the menu is all in Czech and the owner/cook/waitress may or may not be able to translate. I find its always best to go on intuition and order anything with "Kung Fu" in the title.
For the price, this is a good place in London, worth checking out if you're in the area.
The sausage and mash I had was decent, although they did nothing to conceal the fact that the sausage was just packaged stuff they microwaved (I know that's what's happening, but put in a modicum of effort to improve presentation).
Only one vegan desert - a chocolate ball that looked fairly basic for 90p - so I skipped.
Deshima is close to Leidseplein so it's easy to find.
Macrobiotic restaurants, in my experience, always treat flavor as a secondary concern, and the Dutch palate is accustomed to bland food to begin with, so I wasn't surprised that most of the dishes tasted like subtle variations of the same bean and vegetable mush.
I had a few of the stews, one was an earthy black bean concoction, another reminded me of an Ethiopian wat, but a bit more liquidy, and a third supposedly had seitan in it although I saw no evidence of this.
They also had some fried, breaded balls which may have been an attempt at vegan bitterballen.
But, what the place lacks in flavor it makes up for in volume. The €8.50 plate is cheap by Amsterdam standards and the food is hearty and will fill you up much more than dishes at most restaurants here.
And, the chocolate tofu cheesecake I had for desert was remarkably good and was a sizable chunk for €2.50, which I thought was a great deal.
The lunchtime staff at Golden Temple was friendlier than anywhere I've found in Amsterdam. They knew exactly what vegan (veganistisch) meant and said which dishes were, or could be made, vegan.
They were out of tofu so I went for the "Chef Surprise", basically a thali, which that week included rice, a mung bean and spinach curry, a potato curry, some carrot-ginger soup, a chapathi, and a big cup of hummus for €11. It could have been spicier, but was still quite good and I enjoyed the variety.
Hot or Not is good food for the price. I like the Channa Dal and Tempeh Goreng broodjes. They've got some nice flavor with the added peppers and pickles.
I get one of each because just one isn't really filling enough.
Oriental Co. is a great find in Amsterdam for basic vegan necessities.
The tofu and tempeh are way cheaper than anywhere else - about a quarter of the price. The tofu is nice and comes in big blocks. The tempeh is very dry which at first felt odd while crumbling it with my hands but cooked wonderfully, even tasted good raw, and I think I prefer it now. Look for the tofu in clear plastic boxes sitting in a tub of water by the cash register.
The mock pork is basically just plain wheat gluten, but the mock duck is something most people would have trouble making on their own, I think. Each are only €1.15 per 10 oz. can.
On our most recent trip, a friend and I just kept finding more and more fake meat in the freezer - even more than Oriental Co. has, I believe.
Also, the coconut milk is the cheapest I've found, and the fresh curry pastes are to die for (they allegedly are vegan, no fish paste).
My only complaint is their fresh sweet basil leaves aren't very aromatic or flavorful.
Toko Dun Yong is the first place I found Professor Grunschnabel's cocounut milk ice cream. It's €8 per quart, but you will have no choice but to buy when you see the unique flavors. Toko Dun Yong usually carries galanga with thai basil and strawberry with habanero peppers, as well as the more standard flavors of chocolate and banana.
The canned fake meat is also a little cheaper than at Oriental Co., they have a better selection of produce and fresh herbs, and Toko Dun Yong is open an hour later. All they're missing is fresh tofu and tempeh.
The co-op used to be all-vegetarian, but changed a few years ago.
They are still mostly vegetarian, and I think the best natural foods store in town. They are much better than the Natural Oasis market, and despite having a smaller building, I think about equal with Lori's Natural Foods.
The co-op has on and off-street parking, and a bike rack.
I like Dashen a little better than Abyssinia, and Abyssinia is a little more expensive, but still serves up good, filling food. It could stand to be a little spicier, I think.
Dashen is my favorite Ethiopian place in Rochester, because the food is cheap, but filling and very good. I also see more Ethiopian immigrants here than any other place, so I take that as a good sign.
The Misir Wat is the best I've found anywhere, although the Shiro Wat has a strange aftertaste.
Also, free foosball in the basement!
Hot dog shops aren't the first place a vegan would think to go, but if you're hungry late at night, Dogtown is nice. The burgers are pretty grainy, the veggie dogs are decent, and the chili is okay but you'll definitely want to add hot sauce. Also, getting veggie chili on the plate instead of regular costs a few bucks extra, which is silly I think.
Health Garden gets a thumbs-up for serving quick, cheap food that's pretty unique. I've liked all the soy protein and tofu dishes I've tried there, although they could use more tofu and less veggies, I think. The candied yams are lovely, they have a nice hint of vanilla.
According to the owner, all the veggies are vegan.
They lose a few points for recently expanding to include much more non-vegan stuff in back.
I give them an 8 based mainly on their Sesame Tofu. I have yet to find a vegan who doesn't love the Sesame Tofu - it's basically like Chinese Sesame Tofu, but with coconut milk added, and is amazing. I've never found anything like it elsewhere.
The few other dishes I've tried have been good as well, and the servers are generally friendly.
The food deserves an 8, but the prices and portions force it down to a 6.
I had the Mango Tango tofu, which was a delicious mango curry, but honestly consisted of about 3 pieces of tofu floating in a small saucer of vegetables and curry.
Also, the prices on the website are way off - the Mango Tofu and other main course dishes are $11 or $12, despite the tiny servings.
Although it's vegetarian, there aren't all that many vegan choices.
Things are pre-mixed, generally, and are just put on a bun and put in a microwave (they could at least try to hide this fact).
It would've been okay if it were a few bucks cheaper, but for the same price or less you can get a much higher quality meal. You can walk 5 minutes south east towards Washington Square Park and have your choice of more than half a dozen all-vegetarian places - there's really no reason to settle.
I'm so happy I found Dimple. Midtown is kind of a wasteland as far as interesting vegan food goes. Dimple has saved my lunch break.
It's authentic south Indian fast food. The chats are the highlight - cheap quick meals like you'd find in India such as bhel puri and sev puri - beans, potatoes, and onions in spicy sauces with puffed crisps - and vada and samosa pav - basically a vada and samosa sandwich, respectively.
They also have more familiar south Indian dishes like dosas, idli/vada and sambar, uthappam, etc.
You can easily get a full meal here for under $10 - under $7 or $8 even.
I haven't tried the buffet - it looks like any buffet you'd find anywhere else, so I stick to the special stuff.
I ate at Strictly Roots right after eating at Uptown Juice Bar, another Harlem vegan Caribbean place.
Although the selection was wider at Uptown Juice Bar, I liked the food a bit better at Strictly Roots. It felt a little more authentic, being ital and run by Caribbean people. The plantains were particularly good.
I also tried a desert - a cassava squared with raisins and shredded coconut. It was unique and quite good - it may have even been raw.
The food is decent, but needs some more kick (something you don't usually hear when talking about Korean food).
Also, we went towards the end of the night, and the food was a little old/dry. If I had gone earlier it would've probably nicer.
The guy working was very friendly, though.
Do not confuse this with another Korean restaurant called Temple - in the East Village - which is not vegetarian.
The Uptown Juice Bar is very nice if you like cheap fake meat dishes.
I got a large plate with citrus chicken, BBQ chicken drumsticks, lasagna, and candied yams. The BBQ chicken was wonderful and the portion was generous. The citrus chicken was decent, although nothing special. The lasagna I didn't much care for - it was basically a big pile of ground soy meat covered with a single layer of noodle.
The portions were nice and the large plate was only $9.76 including tax.
I was advised that the deserts are flavorless by a friend, so I didn't try any.
Our dishes were fairly tasty, and the £6-7 price is about average for the area, but strangely - despite being called a noodle bar - neither noodles nor rice are included unless you specifically buy them.
Not bad food - although they get away with prices being a little high since they're the only Ethiopian place in town.
I recommend the Misir Wat for somebody who likes spicy food (like Indian) but has never tried Ethiopian. Shiro Wat is also good, although Abay's has somewhat of a strange after taste.
In the vegan culinary wasteland that is late-night Pittsburgh, the new Double Wide Grill is a sight for sore eyes.
I tried the BBQ pulled seitan sandwich, and the hot seitan wings, and both were wonderful. We got there at 12:45 and they had no problem seating us and were still serving food, unlike Mad Mex (basically your only other choice for late-night vegan eats besides fries).
It was a little expensive - $8 isn't bad for the sandwich and fries, but $8 for the seitan wings - an appetizer - was a bit much - I think we got 8 wings for that price.
The EEFC is a good place to find vegan packaged food, cleaning products, cosmetics and other stuff that Giant Eagle won't carry.
It's neither more expensive nor cheaper than Whole Foods, I've found. Some items are cheaper, some are more expensive. Some you can only find here, some you can only find at Whole Foods. I do try to support the co-op as much as I can though, since it's a local deal.
What's also nice here is you can order things by the case - usually even things they don't normally stock - and save some money that way. I often buy soymilk by the case here. It's never taken more than 5 days for an order to arrive, for me at least.
The bulk section is also good here - especially the huge selection of spices. You'll also find pastas, rices, nuts, dry beans, nutritional yeast, different kinds of flour, sugar, peanut/cashew/almond butters, tahini, coffee, oils, soy sauce, maple syrup, dried fruits, raisins, oats, some premade foodstuffs like soup mix, granola, etc. and even bulk dish soap and liquid soap. You can bring your own reusable container - for things like dish soap and such - and have them tare the weight of the container before you fill it up. The bulk section is one area where the co-op is clearly superior to Whole Foods.
Expect to get that post-Chinese-buffet-guilt feeling after eating here. You know, that "I didn't just force-feed myself seven plates of THAT, did I?" feeling.
The food here is about as good as you could ask for. When the Sesame Tofu is fresh and hot, it is quite good. Sometimes, there will be just a half-scoop of very old, crusty tofu left and the owners will walk by, stir it, but for some reason choose NOT to refill the pan. Eventually I started getting bold and asking them to please bring out more tofu, and they didn't seem too offended. Also, if you eat there enough, as I did one year as a poor college student living kitchenless in a dorm, they'll start to recognize your face and start cooking tofu as soon as you walk in the door.
The fried mushrooms are supposedly vegan, as are the chinese donuts. You decide if you want to believe them.
For the price, this place a decent deal, since it's all you can eat - I would usually eat enough tofu alone to justify the $7. That said, I haven't eaten there in at least 12 months, and I think my digestive tract is thankful for that.
I had high hopes for this place, as restaurants are sparse and mostly lousy Downtown (they know they have a captive market in 9-5 office workers).
The service was slow. The food was $4 more expensive than any other south east Asian restaurant. My guest and I tried the lemon grass soup, figuring a soup we like to begin with must be great at a restaurant named the Lemon Grass Cafe. Picture a bowl packed full of whole mushrooms, with some canned tomato broth poured between the cracks. It wasn't like any lemon grass soup I've had anywhere else, and I honestly don't believe lemon grass was involved in the preparation at all.
We were so put off by the soup, the waitress, and the prices that we left right away. I curse the downtown workers and evening theater crowd for keeping this place afloat.
Not bad - I was excited to see the veg meatball sub, and while it was good, they're a little stingy with the meatballs.
I also noticed that they take the meatballs out the fridge and microwave them to make the sub - not exactly fresh made.
2 of my Chinese teachers, one of whom is from Taizhong, told me that Rose Tea has the most authentic food they've found in Pgh.
Indeed, the dishes aren't like what I've found elsewhere, although the vegan choices are slim. Even dishes that sound like standard Chinese take-out fare (e.g. Bean Curd Home Style) have subtle nuances that add an air of authenticity. I like the uniqueness, but 5 or 6 dishes just isn't enough to keep me coming back again and again, especially when Hunan Kitchen is just a few doors down.
Maybe if enough people pester them to expand their vegan options we'll see a better selection. I'd love to see what Rose Tea could come up with as far as fake meat dishes.
On a separate note, Rose Tea has, I believe, the best selection in town as far as bubble smoothies and other exotic drinks go. Very sweet.
Decent selection of vegan entrees, and they're willing to veganize those that aren't. There are only a few dishes with shrimp paste or fish sauce, and they're marked on the menu and can be requested without.
Spice Island usually has soy milk available to substitute for real milk in the Thai Iced Tea.
The prices are reasonable, overall, BUT, they charge 50 cents to substitute tofu for meat in dishes, which is insane, considering tofu is a fraction of the cost, per pound, of meat.
This is by far my favorite restaurant in Pgh, and the best food I've found anywhere in the world - honestly. Sometimes, I'll eat there 2ce a day.
Not only is it the best tasting food, it's also the best price in town - $4 lunch or $5 dinner for enough food to fill you up, maybe with leftovers.
Monday and Friday are my favorite days - he has Chickpea Potato, Masala Tofu, and Tomato Dal. It's to die for.
Sorry to hear about Grace's bad experience. The earlier you get there, the better the food is, no doubt, but I've been eating Sree's for 4 years and I've never gotten sick. Maybe their stomachs just weren't ready for Hyderabadi food? I remember, when I first started eating there, I thought it was the spiciest thing I'd ever tasted. Now it tastes just perfect, so it might take a few meals to get your digestive track used to the spices.
I have enjoyed every dish I've tried here. The prices aren't bad, although I wish the portions were a little bigger.
I have only tried the Langka (jackfruit) from the Filipino side. It was the first time I had tried jackfruit prepared in a savory dish, instead of a desert. It was good, but the sauce it was in could've used more flavor.
I found out - too late - that all the thai curries have fish sauce, and they are premade so they cannot accomodate.
One of my favorites, although it is a little pricey for Pittsburgh ($11 for an entrée with fake meat).
The curries are all very good - I like the Yellow and Musman curries with mock duck especially. I also love the Tofu Saté appetizer - almost $7, but it's worth it.
A Thai friend of mine said their food was the most authentic they had found in Pittsburgh.
Also, if you ask, they often have soy milk which they will substitute for regular in their Thai iced tea.
Very nice sized portions for the money. I like the Basil Leaves with Tofu the best - a great, filling, simple dish with a kick. The service is usually very fast, too - the food comes out remarkably fast.
Once - and only once - they had soy milk which they would substitute for regular in the Thai iced tea (although you can always get it without milk). They told me the owner drinks the soy milk, which is why they happened to have it but don't usually serve it. Maybe if people keep asking they'll start stocking the soy milk consistently.
The staff have always been accommodating for me (I usually ask for little or no bell peppers in my basil tofu), but a friend told me once she asked to be sure that there was no fish sauce in a dish and was told they didn't have time to go through that right then and asked her to leave!
I haven't tried a huge variety of stuff at Thai Place, because the 2 dishes I have tried are so good.
The Thai Basil Tofu is delicious - the garlic and basil sauce is strong and spicy and wonderful. When the tofu is gone, I always stir the remaining sauce into my rice so I get every last drop.
The General Tso's tofu is also surprisingly good - the only remarkable sauce I've ever found bearing the name "General Tso's". The tofu is fried very nicely for this dish too, with an interesting coating (I think a little cornmeal is the secret) - great texture to offer meat eaters as an intro to tofu.
The spiciness here is a little higher than other Thai restaurants I've found. Whereas elsewhere I'll get a 5 or 6 spiciness, at Thai Place I'll get a 3 or 4 (on a scale of 1-10).
My only complaint is the portions could be bigger.
Trader Joe's, I think, has a lousy selection. You never know what you will or won't find there.
Also, despite a reputation for being vegan friendly, I don't think it particularly is.
Finally, this location, despite having about a football field worth of parking space, doesn't have a bike rack, and there aren't many good substitutes.
Bottom line is, first Pittsburgh had the co-op, and that was good. Whole Foods saw an opportunity, so they moved in on their territory in the same neighborhood. Then the Negley Giant Eagle became natural-foods oriented to try to steal business from Whole Foods, and now Trader Joe's is following the trend. The East End has enough natural food stores, there's no reason to bother with Trader Joe's. It'd be nice if some of these stores would set up elsewhere in the city.
I love both the Lemongrass Tofu - crunchy on the outside, smooth and soft on the inside - and the vegetarian Pho soup.
According to a Vietnamese reviewer in the Trib, Tram's has the most authentic Pho in town.
The prices are also very good here - $5 for the Lemongrass Tofu, $7 for a big pot of the Pho soup.
While visiting Bratislava, eating at Divesta is a must for the Soviet-bloc-era aesthetic alone.
But, also, you get a big helping of hearty food for quite cheap. I ate at Divesta four times, getting a goulash, a seitan with potatoes and paprika-gravy dish, vegan tofu tartar, and another seitan dish served over pasta. Like most Eastern European food, I would've liked more spices, but all were still quite good and the seitan and potatoes with paprika-gravy was particularly rich and tasty.
Every day the menu changes, although there are always several vegan dishes, and generally a number of them are fake meat, tofu, or tempeh versions of Eastern European standards.
Make sure you look at the Slovakian menu! You'll be able to figure a lot of it out even if you can't read Slovakian (words like tofu and tempeh are the same). It has vegan items marked with a V, unlike the English, and usually the English menu is missing some of the options - often the best options, in my opinion.
I tried the Aloo Chaat, expecting it to be saucy, and got what looked like seasoned home fries sprinkled with salad mix. It tasted a bit basic, but got better the more I ate it.
I also tried the Gibanica for desert, a traditional Balkan layered cake with apples, walnut paste, and (tofu) cottage cheese. It was piping hot and quite tasty, although €3.50 is a lot for a piece of cake.
Some of the other Asian groceries in the area are cheaper, but Omi has the largest selection, I believe.
Omi does have the cheapest tofu, though - a 600 gram block for 14 kronor. They also have 400 gram blocks for the same price which, despite their professional looking packaging, are made in house. The hard style is the firmest tofu I've ever eaten, which is nice for some dishes and is worth a try. You can't miss it - if you attempt to buy any other kind of tofu the staff will try to talk you into getting the homemade stuff instead.
For the price, MiaoYin can't be beat. I (almost) felt bad going up for my third serving after giving them just NT$80, and it's nice to be able to visit a buffet that's all you can eat and isn't affiliated with the "Supreme Master".
The food could be warmer, and many dishes are just small variations on the same theme, but as a tofu, bean curd sheet (腐皮, fǔ pí), and fake meat lover, I was very happy to randomly stumble upon MiaoYin.
The music is a little loud, which is to be expected for a bar, but if you're there for some after-work happy hour food and drinks, it can be a burden on conversation.
I had the Mexican pizza, which wasn't bad, and the chili cheese fries, which were good but needed more chili and cheese. I also tried the tacos, since they were cheap for happy hour. I was expecting some fake meat or at least some beans or something - all I could taste in them was lettuce and tomatoes.
All and all, worth at least a try.
Although the bar is open until 2AM or later, they stop serving food at 9:30.
My only complaint with Harmony Café is it's so difficult to pick what to eat because there are so many choices.
Both fake meat dishes I tried - a Singapore Curry Pork dish and Shrimp Dumplings - were fantastic. I didn't try the fake fish yet, but will next time I go, since that's such a rare find.
Harmony Café is also fairly cheap - the average entrée running about $7.50.
I went here once on my lunch break and was thrilled.
They have several curries, samosas, pakoras, and bread. You can get things a la carte or get a combo.
I tried the "#1 Combo" which was about $7 and got a delicious samosa that was the size of both my fists, 2 spinach and onion pakoras, a piece of bread, and Chole Massala (Chickpea curry, one of the 6 curries they had that day to choose from).
The food was hearty, quick, and inexpensive - perfect for a quick lunch break. The guy working there was very friendly, as well.
This is located in the food court of the Post Office Pavillion - enter the building, and go down the stairs around the corner. One word of warning, you will have to go through a metal detector entering the building.
I've eaten at Meskerem twice and was very happy.
First, I was happy with how late they were open.
Second, I was happy with the portions, they'll definitely fill you up.
And last, the food was some of the best Ethiopian I've had. The Shiro Wat in particular was great - definitely the best I've found anywhere.
I tried this place yesterday and was very happy.
First, I found out that Indian Delight, a cafeteria style all-veg Indian restaurant in the Post Office Pavilion food court is run by the same people. That's a good place to go for lunch if you don't have time to get to Nirvana.
I had an order of samosas - $3 for 2 very large samosas, bigger than my fist. They were the best samosas I've had in a while - crispy crust, fluffy potatoes, and spiced just right, as opposed to some restaurants where they're pretty flavorless. The mint chutney here was great too - it actually had flavor, instead of being pure "hot" like elsewhere.
For an entrée, I tried the Chole Masala (chickpea curry) and some poori (puffy wheat bread). Both were served hot and delicious, and the portions were decent.
$17, including tax and tip, which I think is about par for the course.
They also told me every day they have a lunch buffet, each day representing a different region.
The other reviewers have pretty much covered how awesome their baked goods are.
The soft serve ice cream (right now just chocolate) is also a very special find.
They are moving this fall (2006) to a bigger location near the Columbia Heights metro. They will have soup, sandwiches, and other (all vegan, of course) light food fare once they move to their new location, in addition to the sweets for which they are famous.
They are already carrying stromboli, even before their move, for $3 which is FANTASTIC. Absolutely delicious, made with veggie pepperoni and tofurkey, and Follow Your Heart brand soy cheese (the best soy cheese around, IMO). My last day before I left DC I bought 5 and they were all gone before I even got back to the metro station.
This place was okay, I thought, but definitely trying to parlay it's hipness into an excuse for higher prices.
A friend tried the cold sesame noodles with tofu, which was lovely, but basically just a snack.
I decided to try the "Ochazuke" - green tea soup - since I had never had anything like that before. Maybe it just wasn't my thing, but also the rice in it was hard as a rock. I'm not sure if the hot tea was supposed to soften it or if that was intentional, but I thought it was about as pleasant as, well, chewing on undercooked grains of rice.
I thought this restaurant was very authentic - I tried the Seaweed Soup and Salt and Pepper Tofu, and enjoyed both.
They have a number of fake meat dishes on the menu, an almost overwhelming selection, actually.
The servers were friendly, but very formal - as in pouring your tea and ladling your soup for you.
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