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“Delicious vegetarian duck and chicken.”

Garden Fresh Vegetarian Restaurant
Ranked #92 of 347 Restaurants in Mountain View
Cuisines: Chinese
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

I went with a group of friends and we ordered a few dishes to share. My two favorite dishes were the vegetarian duck and the vegetarian orange chicken. I became vegetarian less than 1 year ago and my experience at this restaurant was great. The textures, flavors, and aspect of these fake meats (made mostly of shiitake mushrooms) really fooled me. I returned with my boyfriend a week later to try these 2 dishes again and to try to figure out how they were made. I had trouble eating the duck because it looked a bit too real; we just couldn't figure out how it could be fake. It's worth noting that these "meat" dishes had the healthy properties of a vegetarian meal. The food in general was fairly priced, and the staff (the owners, I believe) are really nice and offer good service. I highly recommend this place. Oh, and there's also a poster showing some of the most influential people in history who were vegetarian, just to keep your motivation going: Einstein, Jobs, Gandhi, Darwin, Lincoln, and others. Check it out! There's a second location in Palo Alto.

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Thank kpit
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

I went to this restaurant during a trip in the San Jose area and I really enjoyed the food. One of the best vegan restaurants I have ever ate at! The service was also good and I would recommend anyone to try this place.

We had several dishes and each one was very good!

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Thank Mary G
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

Garden Fresh has been one of my favorite restaurants since the 1990s. I became a little disenchanted with the restaurant when it changed owners in the early 2000s because I felt the quality dropped off some. Since then, I think the quality has improved, although it's been accompanied by higher prices and fewer freebies. For example, back in the old days, the lunch special used to include fried spring rolls, and all of the dishes included complimentary brown rice (even at dinner). Still, Garden Fresh is one of the better deals around, and its best dishes are excellent.

On our most recent trip, we got the lettuce cups and the veggie chicken curry. The lettuce cups were not nearly as good as I remember; something was "off" with the flavor. I don't think we'll try that dish again. The veggie chicken curry is wonderful comfort food. Sometimes I'm not in the mood for something tasting so "heavy," but this time it was exactly what I wanted.

Some of our other favorites: Mongolian veggie chicken and Hunan veggie chicken (these dishes are pretty similar), basil moo shoo rolls, the veggie curry noodle soup and the moo shoo vegetables. Many other dishes are good too. I also like the tofu chowder they frequently serve complimentary. My wife prefers the hot-and-sour soup, and sometimes they will substitute that for the tofu chowder without charging more.

The restaurant itself is hardly atmospheric, although it is slightly more spruced up than it was in the 1990s. It's basically a few rows of formica tables in a mini-mall. Then again, my culinary tastes were honed in Southern California, where the best meals always were in mini-malls, so the setting doesn't bother me. For us, its convenience is an added bonus; it's in easy biking distance from our house.

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Reviewed August 26, 2011

I am moving to California from the Midwest, and am in perpetual awe of the number of vegetarian restaurants around. I want to try them all.

I thought I'd start with this one, on a visit to the area while looking for housing. My mom and I came here after a long day of househunting... I ordered the Tofu Delight, and she ordered the Kun Pao Eggplant (which was what I actually really wanted to order... there aren't a lot of spicy entrees on the menu!)

Mine surprisingly came with soup, but I guess my mom's didn't... she ordered the spinach wonton soup. The free soup was ok, basically tofu and veggies in kind of a gummy clear broth. Definitely skippable, but hey, free food always tastes better.

The Tofu Delight was a little bland until I added some of the spicy red sauce on the table. The eggplant was really flavorful and just the right texture! The brown rice we ordered was pretty dry and undercooked, though.

I wish I had been adventurous enough to order one of the fake meat entrees... Isn't that the point of coming to a vegetarian restaurant? But that's my own fault, so I'll just have to come back sometime(s), try something(s) else, and write an updated review! Although... Maybe I'll try the Palo Alto location; this one's pretty inhospitable and dive-y, in a pseudo-strip-mall setting.

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Thank ajhorse21
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Reviewed October 22, 2010

Best vegetarian restaurant I have ever been to and I have returned to share this place with friends many times. Even my meat loving boyfriend enjoys the food at this place. You will not be disappointed trying the food here is very excellent.

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Thank ShivaSharifi
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