(special report from Chasity Hwang, in Los Angeles).
This unassuming vegan Vietnamese restaurant sits on Sherman Way, just west of Reseda Blvd.
Though I’ve been there several times before, the sensation of visiting the special alcove never grows old. At first sight, one might not be overly impressed with the casual setting; furthermore, the idea of NO animal products (including, of course, meat, dairy, eggs, poultry, game, etc.) is unappealing to many. However, when the food is delivered to the table, the succulent odors wafting off the plates, coupled with realistic and delectable displays, might even make a carnivore think twice about his diet.
Vietnamese delicacies, such as glassy noodles, refreshing spring rolls, and spicy and savory soups are crafted with the eaters’ health as top priority. The customer service makes you feel like part of the family; one is greeted upon entry, and the setup allows for smooth conversation with fellow patrons but gives everyone his/her own space. Chopsticks, plates, forks, cups, napkins, and condiments are left to the people, though.
In addition to the marvelous items on the menu, there are foodstuffs to go. Personal favorites are the buns (“pork,” “duck,” veggie) and the spring rolls (“ham,” “shrimp”). Customers with a sweet tooth can buy vegan cake and pudding. Overall, a great experience awaits hungry vegans and curious meat-eaters alike at Vinh Loi Tofu.
Four and a half chopsticks! Menu is online.