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“Just Keep the Food a Bit Warmer...”
Review of SuTao Cafe

SuTao Cafe
Ranked #22 of 79 Restaurants in Malvern
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

The only reason the score is not a 5 is that they often do not keep the buffet temperature warm enough. HOWEVER, this is a great place. It is amazing what they can do with vegan products. With any buffet, you always want to try to get the food soon after it comes out of the kitchen, but it seems most important with some of these vegan dishes, especially something like General Tso's "Chicken" -- great and crispy right out of the kitchen, but not nearly as good if it sits awhile. In addition to the hot buffet (and regular menu), they have a really good cold buffet, which is included. To go along with "sushi", they have some really interesting items you won't find elsewhere -- I love the cold, very firm tofu pieces mixed with pepper, celery and a light, spicy sauce. Again, if they could only keep the warm food hotter on a regular basis...

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Reviewed March 22, 2010

The highest thanks to this delightful vegan café: SuTao in Malvern, Pennsylvania. SuTao is the Chinese word for vegetarian cooking, and on occasions special to Chinese culture -- North American holidays too -- SuTao Cafe hosts special buffets to celebrate. In the Delaware Valley, no vegan need ever wonder where to find a festive meal on any holiday.

Items such as General Tso's, or the pepper steak (made of vegetable protein), or lemon mock chicken, all part of the buffet, have made repeat customers out of meat-eaters. There are many regulars here, and you'll commonly hear one say that SuTao has enabled them to stick with the vegetarian diet. That's great news for our environment and all the beings who call it home.

The cold side of the buffet ranges from conventional salad bar fare -- fresh greens, corn, olives, shredded beetroot, a variety of beans, carrots and kale -- to exotic treats such as a sweet, gingery seaweed and sesame salad, close-to-raw potato salad, tofu skin (fu zhu) salad, kim chi, and cold, spiced noodles. The Hot and Sour Soup is the best imaginable. The buffet includes fresh, warm vegetable dumplings with a special sauce, all made on the premises.

The chefs are dedicated and merit high praise. Don't hesitate to delve into the unknown and order off the menu. Try the Steamed Veggie Fish, or Golden Eggplant, or Hefen Noodles ("Rice Lasagne With Vegetables"). Another good choice, and gluten-free, is "In the Forest" -- a wonderful concoction with a side of fresh lettuce leaves to use as wraps.

There is always cake or pie available at the buffet for dessert, but it's worthwhile trying a serving of the Klein's or locally made Kov vegan ice cream too. Usually available are: ginger; strawberry; chocolate mint; and creamy orange-vanilla.

- Lee Hall, co-author of Dining With Friends: The Art of North American Vegan Cuisine.

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Reviewed March 31, 2008

This is the best vegetarian food I've ever had! Their fake pepper steak tastes so real!

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