Mandala Tearoom

Phoenix/Tempe Metro, Arizona

Closed as of Jun 15 09

7027 E. 5th Avenue
Scottsdale, AZ 85251


3.6 / 17 votes

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Atmosphere galore in an urban tea lounge, organic vegan kitchen, and contemporary art gallery

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Added by Jennifer Miranda on Dec 6 05 (last updated Nov 18 09)

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My husband and I are hard-core vegans and had been dying to try this restaurant for quite a while. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed! The food was expensive and the portions were very small. The lettuce wraps for an appetizers were very small and tasteless. I ordered the raw burger, which could have been good, but the portion was tiny and there was no bun--only lettuce leaves! My husband ordered the manacotti dish which had no flavor and was also a very small portion. We both left the restaurant starving!
On the positive side, the restaurant has great ambience, a good wine and beer selection and the service wasn't too bad. Manala Tearoom just needs to get a better chef and make some improvements to the menu and portion size. If I, as a hard-core vegan don't want to come back--how are you going to attract non-vegans to your restaurant? You probably won't make it on just vegans alone.

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Went to Mandela Tearoom for the first time on a Friday around 1930h, and was surprised to find it just half full. We sat at the front of the restaurant in the pillow corner right by the large windows. After reviewing the menu I ordered :

iced coconut tea : which was wonderful!
tea crumpets: rosemary spelt foccacia toasted with spreads: organic artichoke + garlic, classic garbanzo hummus + sautéed greens, organic roasted tomato + fennel : I loved the artichoke and garlic the best which is surprising as I am a tomato freak.
04 cabernet sauvignon/ chile
curry vermicelli rice noodle bowl: noodles topped with grilled tempeh, chopped assorted organic veggies + almonds-served with a warm coconut curry sauce : this was a light dish perfect for hot weather, although I added a bit of salt
chocolate bundt cake w vanilla soylicious : very rich, awesome…

The service was great; our server took time to answer questions and was friendly and quick. No complaints here.

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