Reviews written by ravencon
Registered on Jun 15 10
By far my favorite restaurant in NoHo. Food is very good, home style with generous portions. Always plenty of vegan options. Menu is clearly marked as to content. Staff is consistently pleasant and friendly. They don't seem to have much staff turn over--always an indicator of a good restaurant.
I've never had room for dessert. Maybe some day I'll get to try something from the dessert menu.
Bela doesn't have a lot of seating and it can be a busy place during prime dinner time. Also, they don't take credit cards.
Food was OK. Atmosphere and service is "fast food". None of the staff spoke English very well. Asking about the content of the food may not result in accurate communication.
The only true vegan restaurant in the Happy Valley.
Food is good and (obviously) plenty of vegan choices. Sunday brunch menu has some great food on it. Baked goods here are fantastic. Coffee--not very good.
Dining area is pleasantly retro funky. No table service. You place your order at the counter and pick it up when your name is called. Service can be slow when its busy. Kind of clubby. Regulars get slightly more civil service but this isn't a warm and friendly place. I get the impression that the staff regards customers as an annoying necessity. Because I like the food I choose to regard the somewhat sullen staff as part of the charm of Evolution.
Minimal, inconvenient parking. If the parking lot is full there isn't much nearby on street parking.
I'm more familiar with their breakfast menu than their lunch offerings. The breakfast menu has a good number of quirky vegan offerings. I'm not a big fan of their grilled tofu--big, bland slabs of barely grilled tofu. None of their vegan offerings are really exceptional.
Staff is great. Very casual atmosphere. Often busy and getting seating at prime breakfast time can sometimes be a challenge.
They sometimes have tasty vegan baked goods to go. Their coffee isn't wonderful, though it is self-serve. Ordering tea usually results in slow service.
The upper level is street level from the Main St. entrance and this is the coffee house.
The serious food is on the lower level. The only vegan entree option for breakfast is a tofu scramble but this is consistently very good. Subtly spiced tofu with veggies, tasty potatoes and toast--and a nice fruit garnish.
Their dinner menu offers more choices for vegans. However, the spicing is very inconsistent and inaccurately described. I like spicy food and can handle anything on their menu. But, I've been here with people who found some dishes to be inedible due to a high spice level. Caveat emptor. I like their food but others may not agree.
The several times I've been to India House the food has been good.
However, the service is terrible. Really, really slow. Each time I've been they've managed to not serve something that was ordered. When this was politely pointed out to them they were sullen about adjusting the bill to reflect their mistake.
I won't be going back--ever.
There are a number of vegan options on the menu. The food is consistently good but not amazing. Tends to be on the bland side.
I go here fairly often and the service has always been pleasant and is usually efficient. There seems to be a fairly high turn over of wait staff and the new staff isn't always completely familiar with the ingredients in all the menu choices. But, they've always been cheerful about checking with the kitchen to answer questions.
Great location and hours.