I went in not realizing this is a vegetarian place (okay, protein from the sea doesn't seem to count). But I never hold that against anyone. All the better that it's not boldly advertised out front.
Service friendly enough, but the place is quite tight. But here's my beef with most Western-style vegetarian places. The restaurant running skills suck and the food is mediocre. I dunno, they think they get a free pass by being vegetarian? This wasn't quite the exception. It took a LONG time to get our order to arrive, despite us saying that stuff could come at any time, whenever it was ready. I noticed tables sitting empty for quite a while despite a line up at the door. Wasn't just us, diners lingered long time at their tables around us waiting for food. Servers were nice, just perhaps a little short on experience and organization.
The food itself? It's great that they didn't try to be meat substitutes, they just made dishes out of vegetables. Had a soup, coconut curry I think, enchiladas, pot stickers and salad sampler, some kids pasta noodles.
Could you go wrong with a salad at a vegetarian place? Of course not! It was a wonderful salad, absolutely no complaints. Pot stickers, also good, I prefer a nice, standard pork one, but this one is good by itself, not "good for a vegetarian version". The soup also got a thumbs up, but not that surprising given what kind it was, can you go wrong when loaded with coconut milk? The kids pasta, meh, well, surprisingly, it's what the kids wanted, but it's damn bland and boring, I think there was butter and a dusting of parmesan. Enchiladas were perhaps my favourite, it was also just plain good, no excuses.
Aah, here comes my other complaint about the food ... almost all of it, the pot stickers, the soup, the enchilada's all had a touch of spiciness to it. Usually this is a sign that whoever came up with this didn't know how to make vegetarian food tasty and "spiciness" is usually a cheap substitute or cover, which I think is the case here. There are various ways to do it better without resorting to heat and especially in the case of pot stickers, unnecessary to complete the dish. In one of the dishes, maybe, but when all of our "randomly" selected samples have the same thing ... (just go try some good Chinese or Indian vegetarian dishes, they don't all need heat, or MSG, to be really, really tasty). As a card-carrying meat-loving omnivore, I say the food is good. Full stop. It just bothers me that they are so good, oh so close to being great but just short that tiny little step.
Great idea, good food, but they need to work on their service and improve their food a bit to really bring it over the top. We all left feeling full, but not quite satiated. I am giving it a thumbs up though. Worth some stomach space here if you're in the area and don't have to wait in line.