Today I went with a friend to a vegetarian restaurant at Cambie Street. According to the sign in front of it this restaurant called itself the No. 1 vegan restaurant. I assume it meant that it was the vegan restaurant in the in that area that opened first. If it meant that it is the best vegan restaurant I am very sorry for vegans that they have to get along with such quality of food. And despite it was dinner time the restaurant was also totally empty. Only later a group of 3 other person visited that place. My friend was very confused by that empty location and was already considering to leave. I was able to convince him that we should try it at least once.
We did choose several dishes. The Japanese Pumpkin Tempura didn’t taste much like a vegetable tempura; the batter was very thick and covered the entire taste of that. The Chilli Tofu with Sesame Sauce had a very poor taste: the chilli flavour was barely noticeable, and the sesame sauce couldn’t be tasted at all. The Stewed Taro and Pumpkin in Coconut Milk didn’t have a reasonable taste to. The coconut milk was recognizable but very neutral. And the pieces of Taro, Pumpkin and Zucchini were too large in order to blend with the taste of the sauce. The only well tasting dish was Fried Rice with Olives, Pine Seed and Taro, although I had difficulties to find olives but had a lot of green slices in the dish that assumingly would rather were from okra beans or so. Anyways, this rice had a rich flavour mostly due to the seaweed that was mixed into it.
I can only agree with my friend who said that he doubts that he will ever visit that restaurant again.
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