All vegan Ethiopian, using 100% teff for the injera. Small menu offering some typical choices familiar to those who have eaten at Cafe Colucci, Addis, Fin Fine, the old Blue Nile, etc. Nothing fancy as to physical aspect of restaurant. Appears clean, food was fresh and satisfying. I had the combo with yellow lentil, potato carrot, greens, something else. Friendly owner, started @ farmers mkt.
Excellent array of vegan sweets--cookies, rolls, cakes, pies. Also serving vegan brunches. Great to have a no dairy coffee shop, not having to watch the barista just to make sure the soy or almond latte request wasn't lost in translation. I take away one star for not having a bathroom, nor soft seating, nor wifi.
I was never a fan of Macrobiotic Cafe and Organic Grocery, whose offerings I found dull and listless. Potala has added an infusion of flavor and zest, in a pleasant environment with gracious service, at a reasonable price.
Extensive menu of all vegan offerings in a very tastefully decorated new restaurant in downtown Oakland. Despite the name, this is not a juice or smoothie bar, but rather a full lunch and dinner restaurant with much to choose from. I have enjoyed their spring rolls, dumplings, and yellow curry dishes. Service is timely, with an eye towards polite customer service excellence. Closed Sat/Sun.
I no longer recommend this mixed Thai restaurant. While the owner understands vegan requirements and has served me many times in 15+ years, on my last visit there was a chunk of chicken in my yellow curry vegetarian dish. While he graciously apologized and took the item off my bill, I will not return. It's only a matter of time before mistakes such as that are made in a meat serving restaurant.
I enjoyed a multi-dish meal here, with fresh veggies, inventive dishes, some hot and spicy just as I like them. A fried spring roll came with avocado inside, unusual for rolls that are fried. The veggie chicken dish had nice flavor and texture. Gracious service, nice interior and furnishings, super clean bathroom.
Delicious Thai food, extensive menu, all dishes already vegan or can be prepared so. Service was gracious, friendly, and fast. I enjoyed a vegan Thai iced tea, the Som Tum green papaya salad, Massaman (yellow) curry that included potato and green veggies in coconut sauce. Great to be able to know for sure that no fish sauce is used in this restaurant. Beer and wine license coming soon.
Only getting better with creative new menu offerings, including a dish they call Huarache, on a thick house made corn tortilla. Service was good, and there are plans to expand into other states and countries, per Antonio, the owner. Good to see the veg community supporting Flacos.
I brought three dozen cinnamon rolls with various frostings and toppings to my ex-coworkers this morning. It was also the first time I had tasted these rolls as well. Excellent and delicious. Service was terrific, everything ready at promised time, just as discussed. Gooey, sticky, moist, fluffy. Definitely not health food, but a nice occasional treat.
The service was fast and friendly, with good food in a spacious and spotlessly clean dining environment. Numerous Bay to Breakers runners were having lunch during my visit. I enjoyed the won ton and noodle soup, fresh spring rolls, and vegan cheese cake.
Source has large and varied menu w/ Indian dosas, pizza, veggie burgers, sandwiches, salads, fries, desserts. Nearly all is either already vegan or can be prepared as such. Very customer-satisfactiion oriented. They make their own bread and vegan donuts, twinkies, cookies, etc. I enjoyed my eggplant and roasted peppers w/basil sandwich and fries. Owner made sure I was satisfied w/ everything.
I had the bottomless (all you can eat) brunch plate, that included tofu fritatta, cottage fries, vegan pancakes, fruit, and salad. It's homey, funky yet clean, and seems to attract a good crowd on Sundays, offers lots of options both sweet and savory. I would eat there regularly if I lived in Sacramento. Next door and upstairs is a vegan store with food, books, animal treats, information, etc
Much better than my initial visit here, and a welcome addition to the standard food court fare at Westfield Shopping Center. More choices from the steam table that did not include fake meat, such as their potato curry dish, and a good broccoli plate as well. Fast and efficient, more expensive than a similar meal at Golden Lotus in Oakland from the steam table, but reasonable nonetheless..
No Worries has good lunch specials. I had lugaw, a savory rice porridge with garlic, and two items with rice--afritada and mungo. I'd prefer fewer fake meats in the dishes, and on this visit cards near each table announced new menu options coming in 2011. Friendly fast service.
Excellent 100% plant-based menu clearly posted w/many choices. I've had the Tempeh Reuben and classic veggie burger--both terrific. The interior has been redesigned and painted and is now more dine-in friendly, with sit down tables and chairs. They can accommodate all food allergies and sensitivities. Sandwiches, salads, soups, wraps, raw, everything a vegan could want.
Huge vaired menu, attentive and friendly service. Warm, attractive interior design and colors, cleanliness easily apparent. Quiet pleasant music, no television noise in the background in contrast to Loving Hut. I like being able to leave out all the imitation meat products and have good dishes here. Nice to have them in Chinatown as well as their Kirkham location.
My first time at Merit. Excellent service both quick and friendly. Unmatched cleanliness, good menu diversity, though a little heavy on the fake meats. Steamed veggie bun, Vietnamese crepe, potato curry all delicious. A really good South Bay vegan restaurant.
Good food, fast friendly service in a terrible out of the way location, even for Foster City. Public transit lovers/walkers forget it. Massaman curry, 'wing bomb', spring rolls, brown rice, Thai iced tea tasty and satisfying. The only other people during my stay: meat-eaters who left after finding out it was veg, and out of towners using the restroom. Sorry to say place will not survive.
Excellent service--friendly, efficient, fast--in an interior with unpleasant color and decor, small number of vegan choices, most of which are high fat oily type plates such as the fries, nachos, veggie burgers, stir fries. Not impressed at all with Saturn and much more satisfied with Herbivore around the corner and down the block.
Updating prior review. Excellent service, presentation, and flavor. Another terrific choice for vegans in SF--Cha Ya has successfully brought its fare across the bay and arrived in good shape. Seating is more accommodating of private conversations. Same tasty food.
Updating my initial review, service is still excellent, the layout and decor are attractive, and hats off for locating in the heart of the gritty 16th to 24th St. Mission corridor, not on Valencia St. I particularly like their simple dishes, handmade corn tortillas served warm, fresh guacamole, black beans and rice. I'm glad they're in what otherwise is the Mission's dead animal restaurant row.
Excellent and attentive service. Creative, colorful and well-prepared dishes. I had the shaved asparagus and fennel salad and veggie pot pie--both were delicious. Free appetizers during 5-6:30 happy hour on Mondays and Tuesdays. Vegans well-accomodated here.
Much better at creating interesting meals for the menu board on the wall than in the execution department. My "Half Nekkid Burrito" delivered far less than promised, was barely warm inside, little in the way of salsa or avocado, not very flavorful, salad dressing blah, unappealing. Ordered juice blend was not fresh just for me, carrot juice from the fridge, w/o the ginger and beet I requested.
This review is for the Mt View store, which wasn't added yet. Huge interior, very clean, nice staff. The Asante pizza is the only vegan one listed by name, but there are other combos a vegan could put together, with or w/o the Daiya cheese. They specialize in a darker crust style pizza. I thought it was OK, I did eat the entire small pizza I ordered, but it wasn't superb. House salad just ok.
I've eaten here many times and had forgotten to review it. Now after another lunch there with a veg friend I want to recommend Cafe Colucci. If they were a veg restaurant they'd get five stars from me. I have never had a meal any less than terrific, tasty, worthy of the price, complete with good service and a clean environment. Excellent veg combination, all vegan, great injera.
Very clean, well-lit interior, looks more like cafeteria, order at counter, you're served at table. Friendly helpful staff, plenty of vegan items. The "Ful" was delicious, a hummus dish with fava beans, the Israeli Salad, with finely chopped cucumber and tomato, parsley, olive oil, was bland. The condiment known as amba, a mango chutney-like sauce was terrific. Definitely not BART accessible.
Excellent service; vegan definitely spoken there. After placing my order following a discussion with the waiter, he returned with a paper menu marked with all the entrees (listed on the menu as Vegetable Delights) that were already free of dairy, and of course the entire menu is meat-free. I enjoyed the Aloo Bengan, Idly Sambar, and paratha. No dosas, lots of veggie curries and appetizers.
No reference to fake meat dish names on menu. Friendly and efficient service, good location for BART riders. I liked the yellow curry tofu dish with potato and broccoli, and the green papaya salad. Reasonable prices and portion sizes. Looking forward to returning to taste other menu items soon. A good addition to downtown Berkeley's veg restaurant scene.
What's not to love about Dharma's? Ok, I wish they were vegan instead of lacto/ovo, but nearly all the dishes can be made vegan if they're not already; the portions are huge, the prices are reasonable, the dishes are delicious and creative, plus they serve beer. I enjoyed the breakfast burrito and a really good raw vegan strawberry lemon cheesecake. I wish they were closer to the Bay Area.
This place should be called Holy Cheeses, not Greens, because they worship at dairy's feet. However, there are some appealing vegan options for main dishes and starters. Excellent service, small portions, overpriced, great view, not BART-friendly. The Red Curry dish was too mild and otherwise tasty. My vegan inquiries were not met with any hostility on the part of servers or other staff.
Udupi Palace in Newark is much more spacious than the Berkeley and SF locations, with the same spicy dishes, lots of dosas, and a few vegan curry dishes. I like the idli, sambhar, and potato dosas. Buffet $7.99 weekdays and $8.99 weekends, and includes a small dosa made to order. Buffet hours 11:00AM to 2:30PM. Easy parking, not BART- friendly, good service.
If you enjoyed Souley Vegan before you'll love it again. Much nicer interior, bright, eye-pleasing, jazz/blues themed art, same menu items with some additions, same pricing structure. $10 plate w/ 3 itmes chosen from collards, mac and (no) cheese, BBQ tofu, potato salad, black eye peas, yams, cornbread, lentils. Desserts. Glad they're back, hopefully to stay, especially if New World is leaving.
The vegan spinach/bean/corn pupusas were tasty with good texture whereas the tamales were bland, boring and dense. Many vegan options in a bright, clean interior. The owner is friendly and open to questions about the menu. Fast service, reasonable prices.
Had Builder Bowl--you pick your grain, veggies, protein (tofu, seitan, lentils, etc., & dressing. Not bad--tasty. When I ordered a mixed juice, I was told they were out of kale. In fact there was plenty of kale in the produce case. She meant there was no pre-juiced kale in bottles in the fridge, where all the juices stored to mix per customer order. Restaurant not as squeaky clean as I'd like.
I wanted to like the place more than I did. Maybe I'm just not as into falafel and fries as I'd thought. Owner and staff are friendly and efficient; the pita bread is now vegan, having replaced the honey with agave in the recipe. Nice outdoor seating to complement indoor seating. Even with the toppings I just didn't find the falafel bar and garlic fries meal satisfying enough to give 4 stars.
I took my my non-veg cousins out for birthday dinner and they both enjoyed their meals--appetizers, entrees and dosas. Service was fast and accurate. I really like the Udupi Combo, pairing the idli/sambar with a large spicy dosa. The restaurant was busy for the Friday night hours we were there. Glad to have them in the Valencia vegan corridor.
Per staff, all items are vegan except for three that contain egg noodles. I had an order of one of the many fresh rolls with dipping sauce and a clay pot yellow curry with potato and mixed vegetables dish, plus brown rice. While the young wait staff that day could use some customer service excellence training (I provided a few tips) overall it's a nice place with tasty food. I'd go back.
Now offering $7.99 buffet all you can eat lunch and dinner. Three of the buffet entree items were vegan, plus one of the rice selections, salad, papdum cracker,& vegan chapati bread instead of naan. For those who prefer Southern Indian and supporting an all vegetarian place, go to Udupi Palace on University Ave. This restaurant offers a decent meal at a low price and does serve beer and wine.
For those who enjoy New World Vegan in Oakland, this will be familiar and appreciated. One of the co-owners at Symphonie International Vegan Cuisine is also the sometime chef and co-owner of New World Vegan. Many familiar dishes here, including the mix of Asian, Mexican, South American, and Indian. Huge restaurant, banquet facilities downstairs, good for weddings and other large gatherings.
Dined with Veganauts, shared many dishes, ended up paying a low price for the very large and varied selection. I'd call it solid if not spectacular, with some dishes not usually found in the Golden Lotus/Era style of restaurants. No dishes I didn't enjoy. Service efficient & reasonably fast. Good to have Loving Hut in Chinatown to go along with the other locations for this style of offerings.
Overpriced, undersized portions, underwhelming burrito flavor-wise, based on the Green Burrito I ordered, with steamed greens that were bitter, rice, beans, hot sauce that had no heat, plus the smallest dab of guacamole added at an extra cost of $1.95. The whole burrito came to over $9 and is put to shame by one offered by La Cascada, for example. No return visit to Razan's for me.
Still at the top of my list for vegan cuisine in the East Bay. I had the tofu ranchero stir fry with black beans, rice, salsa fresca, guacamole, and warm tortillas. One of the East Bay's finest vegan restaurants, with delicious creative dishes, tall ceilings and a spacious attractive dining area & friendly service. Owners committed to veganism for animals, health, and environment. Great place.
Mixed restaurant w/ decent-sized vegan burritos in an informal and bright interior setting, across from Rialto Elmwood Theater. Order at the counter, wait for prep, take to table. Fresh salsas, lime and jalapenos at the salsa bar accompany complementary chips. (fresh, crunchy, not oily) All beans/rice are vegan. My bean & rice burrito w/ guac was tasty & filling. Other interesting options avail
Prices even higher since last visit. Small food menu, huge drink menu, nice presentation, good service. Creative? Yes. Awesome? No. Very small portions for the entrees. For overall dining satisfaction I'd still prefer a three item veggie combo plus rice and salad from Wazwan Indian Restaurant at the Emeryville Public Market for $5.95 plus tax. Our Millennium check was $560.00 for 11 people.
I had dinner with 3 non-veg coworkers and we all thought our meal was excellent. Basil pizza, nachos, spring roll, quinoa/kale/black beans/guacamole. I let slide the robotic dopey singing by wait staff of John Lennon's "You Say It's Your Birthday" to diners having their birthday meal there. The food and good service make up for that one lapse in judgment. Creative, flavorful, colorful, tasty.
The Rasta stew was of average flavor and creativity, somewhat small portion for the price. Serving plates and bowls need to be removed where cracked and chipped. Cramped and noisy interior, but good place for a vegan smoothie and sandwich to go.
This place is great! Pressed (vegan) taquitos with asparagus, cashew cheese, red pepper, tasty dipping sauce. Vegan lasagna also a winner. Plenty of vegan choices for appetizers & entrees. Also offering beer and wine. Friendly people wanting to bring veg*an food to a neighborhood you wouldn't be expecting to find it. I'll be back for sure. Offering open mic, comedy, music upstairs at night.
An enjoyable if not outstanding Ethiopian meal. All items in the vegetarian combo are made with vegetable oil rather than kibbe, the clarified butter. Prices a little higher than East Bay Ethiopian restaurant meals of this kind. Friendly service, so-so interior/surroundings/furnishings.
Service and friendly staff great, food average to good based on Hell Taco and Tortilla Soup with avocado and vegan sour cream dinner that I had. Nice to have a place open late that does serve vegan items. Knowing my food may have been on the same cutting board or cut with same knife as raw fish makes me a little queasy, but not enough to have kept me from enjoying my meal.
I was completely underwhelmed by Ubuntu. Tastefully decorated w/ tall ceilings, exposed beams & heating ducts, airy and light. Has a huge wine selection. Then it's all downhill. Baby romaine & artichoke hearts salad w/ all yellow leaves, chef denied lettuce was old; fennel tomato pizza was just an oily cracker with tasteless topping. Disclosure: they comped my meal due to my dissatisfaction.
This is the next best thing to an all you can eat Indian buffet. Each one dollar order is small, but with 3 entrees, rice, chapati bread, and a draft beer, the check comes in under $6.75. The vegan entrees include potato cauliflower, potato spinach, garbanzo, black or yellow dal, mixed vegetables. Mild to medium spice levels. Not an outstanding meal, but I had no complaints and was satisfied.
If Mekong were an all vegan place it would be in my top five. Very good dishes, huge selection, clean and nicely decorated. Owner very attentive to vegan needs and ingredient issues. Yellow curry veg dish and Pad Thai particularly good. Gritty outer tenderloin neighborhood.
The organic smoky split pea soup was supposed to be spicy. I found it neither smoky nor spicy, but rather mild/bland. They do have a diner-friendly board that specifies which soups contain ingredients either vegan/vegetarian friendly nor not, though no mention of egg is shown. Regular size bowl for $4.61 was actually quite small. Not on my must return to this restaurant list.
Garishly painted, bright stained glass of primary colors, heavily decked with adoring photos of Supreme Master Ching Hai, ecclectic mostly organic all vegan menu now. Very friendly and efficient service, small portions judging from what I ordered. Many appealing things on the menu that I would come back to try, ranging from Indian to Thai, to American style. 3 veg restaurants within 8 blocks.
Unlike Ethiopian food, which I love, Ghanaian cusine does not include injera. One unsual dish, palmnut soup with fufu. was great. Fufu is plantain or yam pounded into a consistency that was soft and gooey and delicious, reminding me of melted cheese in soup. Maybe it could be used as a pizza topping! Llunch buffet is very vegan-friendly, and I like their saying so clearly on the lunch menu.
I had a delicious hummus and eggplant sandwich with a side of vegan potato salad. Homemade hummus, marinated eggplant, lettuce, sprouts, & cucumber. Also serving marinated tofu sandwich, sloppy joes, and 'turkey bacon' made with tofurky and smartbacon. All sandwiches vegan except for bagel/cream cheese. Clean, bright & comfortable nicely decorated small place down the street from Golden Lotus.
The long-awaited arrival and opening of the East Bay's own Herbivore has happened. The interior is spacious, airy, light, with plenty of room between tables and a separate bar area with several stools. Hard liquor, wine and beer, creative coctails. The SF menu carries over to Berkeley. Service was fast, friendly, and efficient. A six block walk from Berkeley BART downtown, close to theaters.
With an extensive menu (92 items not including desserts/drinks) this new mostly vegan Vietnamese restaurant is extra clean, well-decorated, offers friendly knowledgeable staff and excellent service, tasty food and vegan desserts. One of the co-owners expressed strong desire to move towards all vegan fake meat items and to be absolutely sure about ingredients. Spotless large bathroom a plus.
The soyrizo burrito with whole pinto beans and the extra of guacamole inside was not very flavorful, creative in its ingredients, particularly large or a bargain. The chips were average at best, as was the salsa. No return visit planned, but nice to see them specify that all the beans are vegan.
A return visit for dinner reconfirmed my earlier impressions. Neither creative nor tasty, a truly uninspired meal. I am giving it a 1.0 rating rather than 0 only because the server was very friendly and efficient. I agree with Oaktownveg--Manzanita's food is what the uninformed think vegans are "forced" to eat. Bland, dull, lacking imagination. Even after remodeling, the place is not inviting
The vegan pesto pizza was very good. Owner is vegetarian and vegan aware. Soy cheese is vegan/casein-free per owner's reply. Restaurant atmosphere and comfort/heat, interior design, etc., rate pretty low, but there are 4 small tables for 4 as far as seating. Soft drinks only--no beer or wine. A good addition to Fellini and Lanesplitter on the pizza front, & the place is completely vegetarian.
Bombay's all you can eat buffet lunch, from 11-3 PM, is inexpensive at $6.99. There were three vegan entrees--lentil dal, a spinach dish, and aloo gobi, plus rice, salad, papadum, pickled veggies, etc. Nothing was spectacular, but it was average to good, and the price is lower than most Indian buffet lunches these days. Good for the occasional all you can eat Indian urges.
I found the menu, food and service to be very familiar--if you like Golden Lotus and/or Golden Era you'll probably enjoy this one, too. Their potato curry is very good. The decor is fresh and cheerful, if not somewhat plain. If they were in my neighborhood I'd at least be a semi-regular diner. Communication with staff in English can be a problem.
Interesting selection of juices and smoothies, not so interesting for things to eat. Your meal is prepared extemely slowly, even when the restaurant is not busy. The prices are high, and the vegan burrito with tofu and avocado was below average in taste, presentation, and selection ingredients. Not a return visit kind of place for me.
Shows potential. Good service and committed staff presenting a fairly limited number of choices on their vegan raw menu. Creative and colorful dishes, not quite up to par with Gratitude's offerings, and fewer choices in all areas--appetizers, entrees, desserts, drinks. Nice environment, pretty bamboo floor, clean restroom.