Reviews written by vina
Registered on Apr 4 10
Hmm, I was expecting a lot better considering some of the other reviews for this restaurant. I was pretty disappointed. We had the hot and sour soup which was fine immediately but not by the time we went back for a second helping (basically after it had cooled off a bit). The Kung Pao "chicken" (wheat gluten) was okay, but not spicy at all and somewhat bland. The Szechuan Style Tofu is actually Ma Po Tofu and pretty good if you like that dish. The biggest disappointment was the stir-fried pea leaves. There were literally NO leaves- just a big pile of stems and they were way too tough to chew completely. We also got the fried spring rolls which consisted only of cabbage on the inside, did not taste good and were hard to bite into because of all the cabbage. On the plus side, the food came fast.
Everything we had was delicious! Not one thing was a disappointment. The fried seitan dish, the lemon rosemary seitan dish, the caesar salad, the asian tacos... and whatever you order, you must make sure to get the mashed potatoes and gravy because they were amazing! The desserts were delicious, too- we had the chocolate souffle, the coconut cream pie, and the rasberry cheesecake. The cheesecake was the best of the three and the best vegan cheesecake I've had. The restaurant is spendy, but worth it for high quality delicious vegan cuisine that is hard to find anywhere else. Just a note: if you are going for the vegan "chicken" and waffles, that dish is only served at brunch.
It doesn't look like much (just a walk-up/ drive-thru with a few tables outside) but it is great! A wide variety of mostly vegan fair with some vegetarian food as their cheese substitute is not vegan. But you don't have to get the cheese. The "chicken" nuggets are pretty good, as are the air fries although you occasionally get a few fries that were baked a little too much. The burger fixins are always fresh and good, too. The Philly cheese steak sandwich is AWESOME- hands down my favorite item there. The helpings are good-sized and you really gotta go back multiple times to try different stuff. They have good soy ice cream cones and shakes, too! A must for veg visitors or LA residents.
When I lived in LA I went to Toi every week. When i visit, it's one of the first places I go to eat. The Tom Kha vegitofu soup is wonderful and I have not found its equivalent anywhere. The curries are good, especially the vegetarian delight. The dried chili cashews dish with tofu instead of chicken is very tasty. The tofu they use at Toi is a more dense and flavorful tofu- so good! And, of course, the atmosphere and decor is unmatched anywhere!
The best middle eastern food (outside of my Armenian best friend's mom's kitchen)! The tabouleh, hummus, lentil soup and falafels are all delicious. The portions are huge- a dinner plate like the falafel and tabouleh plate can easily feed two people. Especially after you've eaten the hummus and pita bread and olives they bring to you when you sit down! There is also a take out option.
Three words: Aloo Potato Vada. My new favorite food.
I have been to this restaurant several times, both for weekend buffet and regular dining. The buffet is always great! It also changes from one day to the next so youcan go 3 Saturdays in a row and not get all of the same dishes. There is a lot of food and several of the dishes are vegan. It also comes with a smaller-than-usual masal dosai. There are even vegan desserts on the weekend buffet (I have not been to a weekday buffet). During regular dining, a few of my favorite dishes are: chana batura, poori bhaji, and the masal dosai. Their fried breads are light and not greasy. Their dishes are flavorful. The prices are reasonable. It's one of our favorite places to eat!
There is no storefront yet, so you have to order donuts for delivery from The Donut Cooperative. I would recommend waiting until they have a storefront so you can try their vegan donuts one-at-a-time. Otherwise, you have to order a minimum of 2 dozen donuts (one flavor per dozen) at $18.00/dozen with an extra delivery fee. To be blunt, it's not worth the price. A couple of vegan friends and I went in on an order and we got a dozen of the vegan vanilla-glazed and a dozen of the vegan chocolate-glazed donuts. The vegan donuts we got were quite small, tasteless and the consistency of a drier chewy bread (not cake, if that's what you're thinking). I think they are still doing market research and thus may still be working on the recipes. I am only writing this into the guide to save other vegans some money if they were considering making one of those minimum $44 delivery orders before the storefront opens.
I enjoyed the storefront, easily accessible location, and friendly staff. My family has supported HB through farmer's markets, the kickstarter, and gift certificates. We finally went to the deli recently to try a bunch of stuff.
We had the teriyaki jerky, mock chicken, mock korean bbq rib, garlic herb havarti, American cheese, and both types of sandwiches. The jerky was moist and chewy. The mock chicken was a pleasant sponge-y texture but with a flavor like sage stuffing. The korean bbq rib had a good flavor, however the texture was obviously heavily influenced by the tapioca flour ingredient.
Sandwiches: $13 per premade sub, taken from a cooler. The Italian sub had a good flavor combo- the pastrami, pepperoni and cheese were tasty with good texture. Could have used more of all of the innards. The mock turkey on the other sub tasted very heavily of sage, to an unpleasant degree, in my opinion. But the dill havarti was good.The bread on both subs seemed dry and/ or stale.
It seems pretty expensive, especially the sandwiches. That was disappointing. Maybe they are better fresh, but that wasn't an option. And still probably not $13 worth of better.
Takeaway: I'll go back for more mock pastrami and cheeses. I also plan to try another flavor of the jerky as well as the mock pulled pork.
I've been there several times now and always enjoy the food and coffee. I often get the vegan Jonathan Richman or seitan melt sandwich and both are delicious. Their hashbrowns are my fave of any around town. I also like the vegan pancakes with the real maple syrup they serve. Their ingredients always seem fresh and of high quality, and the prices are super reasonable. My experience of the service is good: polite, not schmoozy which is refreshing, my coffee is always kept hot and filled, I don't have to wait too long for the food, and I don't have to explain what vegan means. The only drawback is that it's a small place so it fills up fast sometimes.