• vegan house in hollywood: thai take-out!

    October 23rd, 2008quarrygirlLA restaurants, vegan house

    i have long been a fan of the vegan house in silverlake on sunset. it’s been a staple of my diet for years as a quick, cheapish meal before countless late night gigs at spaceland. they have genuinely good vegan thai vegan food, quick service, a large menu, and low prices. so, of course, i was beyond stoked when via some random googling, i realized they’d opened a second location much closer to my own hood: a vegan house 2 on wilcox near hollywood blvd. yipeeeeee! i had to try it out.

    after some hardcore drinking at the blue palms ale house (our new favorite bar), we skipped down the lane to vegan house and continued home with 3 steamy boxes to go.

    bbq tofu appetizer: $4.99

    bbq tofu appetizer: $4.99

    grilled soy chicken salad: with garlic, cilantro and liquid aminos. $5.99

    grilled soy chicken salad: with garlic, cilantro and liquid aminos. $5.99

    pepper garlic entree: sautéed roasted garlic cilantro with your choice serve with steamed mixes vegetables (broccoli, carrot, cabbage) $6.99

    pepper garlic entree: sautéed roasted garlic cilantro with your choice serve with steamed mixes vegetables (broccoli, carrot, cabbage) $6.99

    vegan house 2 aka hollywood vegan house is just as groovy as its cousin over in silverlake, perhaps even groovier. they have the same menu, plus some additional delights…and a much more welcoming atmosphere. the vegan house in silverlake is filled with awesome food, but it’s kinda dingy and i think they have an air conditioning problem. every time i’ve eaten there, whether it be june or january, i’ve always been shivery-cold. seriously, i know i live in southern california, but that doesn’t mean i want to feel like i’m dining at the north pole. additionally, the east-side location is pretty dimly lit and a tad depressing. sparse tables, located right underneath a comfort inn in a strip mall, no frills. the wilcox location, on the other hand, looks like a hip little sushi bar that has been converted to a vegan restaurant. bright colors, a sweet comfy bar with counter-top grills and stools, and tables that line the window. super-pleasant. i’m really looking forward to dining in sometime.

    PLUS…as far as take-out, vegan house on wilcox has it nailed. the food was ready in record time, the counter man was smiley, and the the tasty factor was pretty high for a vegan thai place. you gotta realize going into these places, you are gonna get canned faux-meat from chinatown, serrated cucumbers in your salad and more tahini dressing than you could ever eat. i mean, i don’t know why all these thai-vegan places in los angeles have the same handbook, or why they are on every corner…but the food is mad decent (albeit super similar), so i gotta love ’em.

    let’s start with our appetizer…the bbq tofu. to be honest, although this was mighty good, it wasn’t what i expected. i had high hopes for some fancy bbq tofu a la a taste of life, but this was just a simple sliced variety with some sugary southern sauce drizzled on top. the tofu was well cooked…slightly crispy on the outside, spongey on the inside. but it wasn’t quite integrated with the sauce, which was kind of an afterthought and a tad to sweet. that being said, we wolfed the appetizer down anyway. for a vegan fix within walking distance from hollywood blvd. (aka tourist central), i really cannot complain.

    next up, and much more to our delight, we had the grilled soy chicken salad. this is one of the premium “grilled meat” salads at the vegan house and it’s totally worth it. between two people it was more than enough! the vegetables were fresh and crisp, the tahini was tangy, and the soy chicken was beyond succulent. i mean look at this stuff. do you ever wanna eat meat again?!?!? i didn’t FUCKING THINK SO!

    lastly, as an entree, we went with the thai mainstay of the quarrygirl household: pepper garlic with pepper steak.

    this was pretty good, but like certain other thai places, the pepper steak was way too sweet. they shared the same sugary taste as the pepper steak down the road at truly vegan. if i wanted a sweet meat, i’d search for a faux slice of honey-baked-ham, not steak. i dunno. the fresh vegetables were absolutely superb, but all that sugary meat was kind of a let-down. i don’t hold it against the vegan house though, it’s probably just that one soy meat that isn’t to my liking. the same dish prepared with grilled tofu or soy chicken would have been divine. shame on me for ordering fake steak, when i know half of these vegan thai places opt for the sugary brand. overall, it was still beyond edible. not a MORSEL was discarded, no matter how much i bitch!

    so…a couple of legitimate downsides about the vegan house in hollywood. well, they aren’t always open when they say they will be. the hours on their site are a great guideline; but if you are driving from far or just want to be sure, call ahead. if they don’t pick up, they prolly aren’t around. ALSO, for take-out peeps like me, there is SO MUCH AWESOME FOOD that isn’t even advertised on their website. only if you go there and eat off the in house menu will you see all the magical offerings! i mean, just ask my fellow vegan blogger foodeater! she went there and ate some awesome food, all of which is not represented on their internet menu. i’m totally jealous. just keep that in mind.

    overall, the vegan house rocks. hit it up in hollywood or silverlake when you are looking for one of the better los angeles vegan thai places, with the word vegan in its title! it’s cheap, cozy, and delish. stick to the asian dishes, and you can’t go wrong!

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  • How fun that there are unadvertised items on the in-house menu! Yet another fabulous vegan restaurant to add to my list to try. We are so lucky in LA. 🙂

  • Nice to hear they were finally open for you 🙂

    I get the incredibly similar BBQ tofu at Lotus Vegan… same thing… lightly grilled slabs of tofu coated in BBQ sauce. So simple and something I could so easily make at home, but instead I spend money and have these people do it for me instead, because they do it better.

  • I have frequented the Silver Lake location quite a bit. Their Tom Kha soup(shitake and bamboo shoots one) is really something else. Ive tried slight variations of that soup at other vegan restaurants, and they just dont measure up at all.

    Only been to the Wilcox location once, probably cause they don’t/didn’t have their own parking area. And street parking is a bit hard to find around there, especially at night.

  • I stopped by the Sunset location and tried the Green Curry, which was quite good.

  • Sadly, we will not be calling Vegan House for delivery anymore, even though we really liked the food. Last night when my partner called, the lady said that they were very busy and that we might have to wait an hour. No big problem, we thought, since the food would almost certainly be worth waiting for. But then, 45 minutes later, the lady called to say that, since they were so busy, could we just CANCEL the order? WHAT?! After having already waited 45 minutes?! My partner told her the obvious: that if they were THAT busy, then she should have just told him the first time that they wouldn’t be able to take our order. Now we would have to call out to a different restaurant and wait even longer! He ended by stating that we wouldn’t be calling back for a long time. To me, this is one of those situations in which I would NEVER be able to patronize the restaurant again because what happened was so completely inexcusable. The woman did not even offer to compensate us in any way for what happened. So goodbye, Vegan House. We loved the food and had also come to appreciate the service very much, but after last night, we really couldn’t order from that restaurant again. (By the way, after this, we called Bulan and they delivered our delicious dinner within 20 minutes!)

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