Reviews written by VeganKen
Registered on Jun 21 03
I use to go to the Birchwood a lot, mostly because they had vegan soup (marked with a "V") on the menu. However, the last three times that I've gone there, the vegan options were very limited. I have also noticed a lot more meat on the menu. Whereas they use to have only one meat dish, now almost all of them are. They also seem to have stopped carrying vegan desserts.
I asked one of the employees about this and she said that they have a new "emphasis on meat". This is very disappointing.
I used to go there for lunch with co-workers, but now I suggest other restaurants instead.
The raw burrito is my fav here. It is the only place in town that serves vegan wine, to my knowledge. The desserts, like the raw fig pie, make the sweet tooth happy. Nice staff. However, it is expensive.
</rant>My biggest pet peeve is having to listen to people at other tables complain about how slow the service is. It says right on the menu that the food prep is slow because everything is prepared fresh!</rant>
Definately not the place to go for a work day lunch unless you have more than an hour.
As previously said, the lunch buffet is very vegan friendly. The staff is knowledgeable about ingredients and seems genuinely happy to discuss this with you. I eat here at least a couple of times a month.
They keep the water coming but are consistantly slow with the check. So if you're in a rush be sure to just go up to the counter.
A friend and I went to Evergreen on a Monday night and were the only diners. The owner was funny about it and made a big show of finding us a table. The staff here is very nice as others have said.
The veg rolls are very good. The mustard sauce was runny and seemed to be diluted with water. I had a mock pork dish which looked convincing with its fake fat layer. It tasted like salt pork, which became a bit much after just a few bites. The rice was dry and flavorless.
My friend said that she liked her meat dish but that it wasn't anything special.
Considering that our dinners were almost $9 each, there are much better restaurants that I would choose to go to first. I will definately go back as I'd like to try some of the other dishes though. Probably for lunch. The separate wok for veg dishes is a sensitive touch.
They only had soy peanut butter ice cream when I went but it was pretty good. No one knew what I was taking about when I asked about vegan ice cream. They only knew that the soy kind was dairy free.
I love this place! Chef Lee made a special vegan mock beef curry for me that was amazing. I can't wait to go back to try the mock shrimp dish he was talking about. Someone else mentioned this but he will only make special dishes on week nights, otherwise you will be limited to the small menu.
The prices are very reasonable, the ingredients were fresh, and the flavors intense - the way that I like them. The decor is simple and pleasant. Overall an excellent experience.
My companions were much more enthusiastic about their food than I was. So it's possible that the bland tasting tofu stir-fry that I ordered was an exception to the menu.
I asked the owner about their curries - they are all made in house but are all pre-made with MSG. If this has since changed please post a correction.
I really enjoy the food at Udupi. The owner and staff are a bit over-zealous about pushing bread and drinks - but when did that become an offense in the US of A? Just say no.
Plus they have an okra dish - scarce in the Twin Cities. Not as good as I've had elsewhere, and it is a freakish red color, but good none the less.
P.S. They won't spice the food unless you ask. The food is much better if you ask for more heat!