Reviews written by VegAzn
Registered on Aug 2 04
This restaurant is hip, but not enough for them to charge you that much. Drinks could be more expensive than Chino Latino, which I find a bit hard to believe. The tables are small for the size of the "tiles" they use to serve appetizers, which you can hardly see due the the size of the tiles! (I wonder should the table be bigger, or the tiles be smaller) The food quality is, however, good with an interesting twist of "fusion." I also had a waiter that was just not professional for what he wanted to be. If not training, food servers do need experience. The reason I am cirtical about the service here (versus some other Chinese restaurants) is because Azia clearly charges you for the service, which is not up to the standard they want to claim.
The only compliment I can make to Chiang Mai Thai is the ambience with nice bar area and live music. The food is average. Some of the wait staff are quite friendly when asked to tweak the dish to make it vegan. Some others seem to be uneasy as if the chefs are going to yell at them for taking special orders. One time, I doubted my order was vegan since I could trace the fish sauce flavor. So if you get a confused waiter, make sure you get your order right.
The waitress we had was so nice and our dining experience was great thanks to her. I didn't think the service is that slow, and hardly notice any impatient customers when we dined there on a Friday night. The foods were very very fresh. Zucchini ribbons were a fatastic idea, but they can be made a bit shorter (only my personal preference though I know longer ribbons proved the skills of the chef and the fresh and crisp quality of zucchini) Desserts are wonderfully presented. Though I had better sobert, the vegan chocolate cake and all presentations got me impressed.
The foods here are quite good, though not all that exceptional. Easy customers may find their foods wonderful; but to me, there's a small bit of something missing from the entrees I have tasted. The veggie spring rolls were good. Gluten was nice though the garlic was a bit dominating, perhaps due to a weak soy-sauce-base flavor sauce. Tofu with mushroom and peapods also missed a fine element that would have made the food here exceptional, perhaps some spice that could compliments the Shitake mushrooms. I don't know about service. Perhaps since it was a Tuesday night, there was only one staff member and he seemed to get overwhelmed with 5 tables. With me and my friend being the last of 5, we got neglected quite a bit. I was not disappointed though since I don't expect Chinese restaurants to provide great service anyway.
The first time I dined here was about 2 years ago after my trip to Paris. I was still a meat-eater then, and the foods reminded me so much of France. I guess it's a good thing since the place is called French Meadow.
I came back twice within the last 2 weeks with different friends and rediscovered this place. Sesame salad was just delicious; the sesame noodles salad as well. Tempeh was great, as well as the soup I had. Over all, my revisit was pleasant though the "french" elements in all of them were just not there! Is any of the French a vegetarian or vegan? So what's distictive about this place that they charge you a bit too high? Perhaps the location and the sidewalk seating area.
I dined in at Galactic with my lover, and there seemed to be no service at all though I was impressed by the number of staff they had. I guess to make good pizzas and to provide both dine in and delivery service all together are not easy. Staff members didn't have that smooth work environment where everyone was trying to help others who were overloaded with work. And I witnessed a couple of orders getting mixed up. But the pizza we order was fantastic. The crust, tomato sauce, fantastic toppings (that we selected ourselves), and vegan cheese were all great. After all, I came here to enjoy the pizzas and they were done just right!
I cook Vietnamese foods, and the dishes here are very well made as far as Vietnamese cooking goes. The springrolls, beside a nice choice of rice paper, has a very harmonious flavor between onion-stir-fried mock duck, mint, bean spouts and vermicelli. Try them without the sauce, you'd be able to tell; and the sauce is not overly dominating the taste of the springrolls. Both broken-rice and vermicelli dishes are prepared to my taste. The immitate fish sauce got me freaked out for a second (smile) but I guess somehow the restaurants want to keep at least the presentation of the dish the same, since they can't do that with the taste, as its counterpart meat dish. I also love the soy bean drink, which is just the way I had in Vietnam. It's different from that of Chinese restaurants and of course the American version. Just perfect.
This rating may reflect my personal taste. I cook a lot and so my taste for food is specific. And foods at Singapore! just deliciously compliment my taste buds to their endless joy! One small caveat: my order was mixed up (when I asked for tofu substitude for a meat dish) which I didn't mind at all. The chef somehow was embarrassed after messing up my order, and kind of withdrew himself from personal exposure to my table while still chatting with other customers. If I didn't have my wonderful lover with me, I would get a bit uncomfortable for their lack of usual friendliness to customers.
Spy house has been my favourite coffee shop for a while now. The drinks, atmosphere, collected furnitures, lighting fixtures, music, and the crowd (all ages, races, sexual orientation, and all types of interesting people) all make this a very cozy place to be with friends, read a book, do schoolwork, or just surf the net (wireless internet provided by the Spyhouse of course). Ah, I almost forgot to mention that I love the fact that Spyhouse recently co-sponsored the screening of the movie "A Home at The End of The World" which I enjoyed very much. Thank you.
The foods here are excellent, though a bit oily as many others noticed. I love the distinct taste my curry dish compare to other Indian restaurants. However, the service was just pure hilarious. The waiter didn't jot down our order (table of 3) and appeared professional enough not to forget our order. Unfortunately, he did. If I didn't ask again, I would have never had my mango juice, which seemed to come from a can (I noticed this because my body had a weird reaction - as if a muscular fatigue - usually when I drink juice from concentration with preservatives. However, I could be totally wrong) I also observed the bossiness to the point of hostility of the waiter staff toward a single busboy, a scene which didn't sit well with me.