Reviews written by Zoe Diaz
Registered on Jan 11 07
The vegan pizza was great - but they charge $8 for delivery. What is worse is they led me to believe that the cost was for the pizza and not the delivery. I found this out when I went to order food the following night.
So go for the pizza - but skip delivery.
There were long line-ups to get in and while our non-veggie friends found the food great, we thought it was just fair over all, though the chick pea curry was good. The miso gravy was over- rated.
We also didn't like their reservation policy; we were a large group and we couldn't get a reservation no matter what - even with a few days advanced warning, because it was a Friday night. Not too flexible in their policies. Nothing worse than standing in line for a so-so dinner.
Their description says they were voted best vegetarian - I wonder when? Is that recent?
Great great place. I only wish there were more around. Knowledgeable staff, terrific coffee and great vegan and veggie snacks, plus a really interesting clientele. Go for the coffee, stay for the atmosphere.
Warning for people with nut allergies. The food is really good, but be aware that most of their dishes contain nuts. We were a group of 6 and while almost everyone in our group loved their food, but the person with the nut allergy had a very, very limited choice and was extremely uncomfortable eating there. Great place to eat if you don't have a nut allergy, but stay away if you do.
Great food, and very accommodating to vegans. Just ask if you can substitute something or get the vegan option and they will do their best. They also host Indian religious gatherings here (by invitation only) that are completely vegetarian. The restaurant also features a lot of non-veggie south Indian (and some north Indian) food if a group is looking for a place that accommodates a variety of preferences. The owners remember the regulars and their preferences, which is amazing when you consider how busy they can be.
Great atmosphere and they take veg and vegan food seriously. A few dishes that are interesting and different. Definitely worth the visit. Great selection of beer too.
There is a newish location at the Gloucester Mall at Blair station. The discount there is 10% (perhaps everywhere now) and they cook special orders for people with allergies on a different stove in the back and not on the grill, which is great.
For the size they have a good selection of vegan beverages, and vegan foods like tempeh, which can be hard to find in supermarkets.
Service is helpful
I have been several times and the food is generally very good and freshly made. The Indian coconut chickpea dish served with brown rice is really wonderful. They have lots of desserts - try the huge date square, its wonderful, and for non-vegans you can ask for optional yogurt sauce, which I don't eat. They have specials and they vary. On one occasion the special was lasagna, which is never my favourite, but a friend enjoyed it. I also had a sheppard's pie made out of lentils, which was fine but not as good as their coconut chickpea dish.
Service is always warm and friendly and there are lots of things to eat besides the daily special. If you are in a real hurry go before the lunchtime rush.
The Rainbow has items and brands that no one else carries, so if you are looking for that hard-to-find item or brand, try Rainbow. They do have the best selection in Ottawa, which would explain why they are almost always busy. They offer a discount to regulars (take it - it is worth it) and the staff are knowledgeable, though some look a little harried or stressed on busy days. Prices are what you would expect from a full-service health food store in a small city.
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.
Great food and a good variety you don't find everywhere. The dandelion salad was a real treat - though I wondered where the dandelion greens came from in January. The Jewish apple cake was worth the trip! I wouldn't recommend the chocolate mousse dish though - not chocolately. I would have preferred seeing local foods highlighted on the signs.
Service was friendly. Dinner for two, including dessert and 1 coffee, was about $25.00
Have returned several times since the initial review above and found that the food is still good (though never hot enough), but they don't serve the Jewish apple cake every day any more, which is a shame. Well worth a visit.
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