After a rather disappointing lunch, we decided to treat ourselves to dinner at a local vegetarian restaurant we’ve been meaning to try for a while. It’s a Vietnamese place in a tiny building which was once a strip club of all things. They have large signs claiming they have the best vegetarian pho in town. Oh, and funnel cake.
We are pretty big pho fans and we’re lucky that our son shares our love of Vietnamese food. We’ve always want to try this place but have just never had the courage. Challenges are all about courage, right?
We arrived and the environment wasn’t all that impressive, not that we were expecting it to be. It was easy to imagine it as the club it once was as I think the bar is probably in the same location it’s always been and there’s still a large empty area that was most likely the ‘stage’.
We ordered our son’s beloved vegetable dumplings while we got the appetizer sampler. Everything was cooked very well for what it was, but it was a very odd assortment of things. The sampler platter included all of the following:
- marinated tofu bites
- crispy spring rolls
- mock chicken nuggets
- corn nuggets
- sweet potato fries AND regular fries
- and finally…chips and salsa? Huh?
Next was our bowl of pho. Since it’s meatless it was cooked with vegetable broth rather than the usual beef which in my opinion made it taste sweeter. The noodles were good and I appreciated the addition of mushrooms. I didn’t mind the tofu pieces in the soup but I did find the fake beef bizarre. It was made to look fibrous like beef, but added no flavor really to speak of. This is the kind of meat substitute I don’t get.
We weren’t impressed enough to ever go back there, but I am happy there are more vegetarian restaurants popping up. Now I just need to find a good one.
To read more about my Vegetarian Lent Challenge, click here.