Reviews written by bigdumblurcher
Registered on Aug 27 08
What can I say, watch out fast food, here comes the "Veggie Grill". With plans to spread out across America this place could be a hopeful turning point for a lot of carnivores. It runs a little heavy on the processed foods (seitan and tempeh) but for the most part it is a welcome addition to the blasé faire of California vegetarian cuisine ("I'm a vegetarian but I eat chicken and fish once in a while"). Great service from excellent staff who actually remember you and know what it is they are serving. Some of the food can be a little messy, like the BBQ sandwich, otherwise it is a fine experience and one I would not hesitate to endorse.
I have been coming to this place for over, gee, a long time since it was Gekko and Scott and Steve ran it. It then became Red Cat Trading and now Fressen. Steve and Scott were great in serving off the menu vegan food and when Steve opened Fressen it was equally amazing. It became my 2nd home. Over the years though it has lost its sparkle; I moved away and come back every six months and try to bring in as many friends for a dinner party as I can. The food has for the most part remained very favourably on the plus side; though maybe not as inventive as when Steve was in the kitchen every night. However the past couple of times I have brought friends in we have been welcomed by by an extremely sour hostess; one time she told us they were closing early because it was quiet even though I had a party of 7 and they were quite thirsty and hungry, the latest time we were just damn offended by the utter rudeness of both the hostess and the wait staff. It was totally inexcusable and almost doesn't make up for the excellent food. 4.5 for the food and 0 for service.
See also, Fresh and Mildred Pierce for other fine dining vegan experiences.