Lei Wa Heen
I'm thinking about this place as a potential birthday spot for my wife. Two questions:
1) Is there enough choice for two non-seafood-eating vegetarians?
2) Is it really worth the money?
Seafood is tough to avoid at a dim sum. I've been to Lai Wah Heen and their dim sum is great. However I don't think the experience is worth the price because you'll have a very limited selection. With that kind of money, you'd want more freedom and choice.
How about Indian food? It's not fancy, but I was at Cuisine of India recently and it was very good.
I go by Bombay Palace on Jarvis at Adelaide all the time - don't know if it's any good - maybe someone else can attest to whether it's any good? Or if there are any good Indian restaurants downtown?
re Bombay Palace. I don't know if it's "good" by real Indian food aficionados. I am not one of them, plus I'm a spice wimp so only have mild things. So my palate may not be in tune with those truly in the know. However, I adore their chicken makhani (butter chicken) and their onion bhajia. Love the naan. My friend is a big fan of their dahl and korma. So I'm always happy to go, but YMMV.
okay, not even on the same planet, ambience-wise. But if you're both vegetarian and doing the asian theme thing, what about going for a buddist vegetarian restaurant?
My favourite is the Buddhist Vegetarian Kitchen (definately get the dimsum (gluten) and the pan fried (not deep fried) bean curd skins)
3290 Midland at Finch(416) 292-7095
There's also a buddahist vegetarian restaurant on Dundas, north side, almost to Bathurs.
it'd be more of an adventure type meal.
btw, huge points for putting together such a thoughtful birthday experience
Thanks for the props, orangewasabi.
We've done a couple of the Buddhist places in Agincourt and points north in Scarborough, with mixed success. I find some of the food a little bland, to be honest, although I do understand that it's related to the need for modesty (i.e., nothing too over-the-top in any area).
We'd even be open to sushi - as long as there's a good selection of veggie options and the quality's good enough. I've had enough food court sushi (as in, once is too many times) to last me a lifetime.
Although we're in the east end (Danforth/Woodbine), we're mobile and have wheels.
Does that help?
man, this is a total stumper.
We're all basically saying that LWH isn't really good value for money for two non-seafood eating vegetarians: AS-IS. However, the food IS excellent. And you'd get huge points for that, plus the elegant ambience. Have you called LWH to see if they can do a special all vegetarian tasting menu for you? That'd be a WOW option.
There's also the newly re-opened Bangkok Gardens. I haven't been yet, but it'd be the place to go for a birthday Thai meal, since it's new.
I say got to LWH
If you are vegetarians, no high-end place is going to have what the others are perceiving as value.
You are going for the nice setting, atmosphere, attention to detail etc.
Price is obviously not your highest concern.
Definitely call ahead, tell them its a special occasion and that u are vegetarians.
Sushi Kaji is also a good option
Good ideas all. I've just called LWH and asked - they're going to fax me a sample veggie tasting menu. Letcha all know how that goes.