Chinese Veg Restaurants in Philly
Out of curiosity for those of you who frequent any/all of the vegan Chinese restaurants clustered in Chinatown -- which is your favorite:
Kingdom of Vegetarians
It seems like the veg community is divided fairly equally into camps on this front, so I'm interested to hear what you Chowhounders think. For me, my hands-down favorite is Cherry Street. The food is always excellent -- I dream about their house special wonton soup especially. The atmosphere is cozy, and the service is always friendly.
Less than friendly service dining late one night at Harmony (if you don't want to be open late, then change your hours!!) turned me off of them a bit, and less than consistent dishes. Loved Kindom of Vegetarians the first time we went, but on the second visit the restaurant seemed a little less than clean... Found Singapore's food to be very bland on our one visit.
Of those, I like New Harmony for take-out (especially the dim sum platters) and Cherry Street for big group dinners. I also really like the new Su Xing House (or something like that) at 15th and Sansom. I really like the mock shrimp (called 'stuffed tofu skin rolls or something) and the seitan steak. They use excellent spicy peppers that have actual flavor, not just heat. Thank you.
I was wondering the same and hope to check out the places you mentioned. A couple of weeks ago I had a Saturday lunch at New Harmony. The food was earnest and OK. A noodle seafood dish was pretty good but the broccoli with garlic was sweet. The service, however, was good, and the people very friendly. The worst part was a large party talking and yukking it up very loudly. After they left, things were much better.
I went to Su Xing House the week it opened and my food was terrible. All the dishes we ordered were mushy, chewy and inedible. We joked and said it was the worst meal ever. Has it really improved?
Is the food no longer grey and slimy?
The iced teas we ordered were obnoxiously sweet. Have they improved?
of the four you mentioned, i like new harmony best, followed by singapore and lastly, cherry street. i've not been to kingdom of veg. yet. all of them are rather greasy, but i thought new harmony had the most interesting and varied flavors and the least unappealing ambiance. still, though none of the spaces really evoke fine dining. i wrote more detailed reviews on these for anyone interested - www.sondraslair.com/phillyrestaurants...