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“Another disappointing vegetarian restaurant”

Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant
Ranked #24 of 203 Restaurants in Vienna
Cuisines: Chinese, Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed October 31, 2012

I only had one dish at this restaurant, so this review has limited validity. I ordered the Amazing Mushroom Palate: mushrooms in Thai basil sauce. Service was amazingly fast, a matter of a very few minutes. The white button mushrooms in the dish were raw and therefore not very tasty. The shitake, enoki and other mushrooms were cooked, therefore tasty. There were true Thai basil (Grabow) leaves in the sauce, but the sauce did not taste of them; it was a tasteless, thin brown stock. I could, and do, make better using the stock recipe from 1000 Vegetarian Recipes. A vegetarian restaurant ought to get their basic sauce recipe into the savory level or ought to be able to augment it effectively. To their credit, I ordered the Avocado Lemon pie from the menu, but they were not offering it, as they explained, because they were having difficulty in getting good quality avocados. Good move, even if I was disappointed.

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

This is a must for your first venture into vegetarian if you are a carnivore. Just try their General Tso Chicken (yes its not chicken) and its better than any other real or not, in NVA if not the whole US. The menu is extensive and all the choices are a delicious surprise. Service is polite, fast and the place clean.

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Reviewed September 28, 2012

I have traveled a lot and I have been to many vegetarian restaurants, but this one ranks first on my list. The place is small, with a home atmosphere and you start feeling relaxed once you enter through the door. The service is great, as the staff is quite polite and everyone gets enough attention.

The food is prepared with fresh ingredients and you can try some typical dishes from China, Thailand and Japan. You can order from several types of soup, several appetizers, entrees and desserts. You will not find alcohol here, but you can order beer and special wine that comes with no alcohol.

I have brought many friends here and I will never stop recommending this place as a great dining option. It is perfect for the vegans and the vegetarians, but it is also good for people who are not vegetarians but want to try this different approach to dining.

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Sunflower Restaurant has a large sign out front that says "VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT."
How refreshing to see it in large letters!
This is a homey little establishment with righteous cusine that rates high marks for fresh ingredients, authentic Thai, Chinese, and Japanese cooking, and presentation that is elegant as well as generous. Oh, and did I mention that everything TASTES GOOD?
My party of three feasted on one shared appetizer (steamed dumplings), a cup of soup each (theirs was a spicy broth with mushrooms; mine was a delicate "ginger and fungi" soup, and two entrees (a curried tofu and vegetable dish, and a very convincing mock-beef "crispy soy protein" with broccoli and snow peas.
Every single bite was wonderful and we had more than enough to fill us up.
The restaurant does not serve alcohol, but they have non-alcoholic wine and beer beverages, as well as a variety of tea and sodas. The wait staff were attentive and very sweet. The decor reminds me of a rural cafe, although their decorator ran wild with the "sunflower" fetish--little bobble-headed sunflowers dance in each window, among numerous other tokens.
I highly recommend this place, certainly for vegetarians, starved for a nice dining experience, but also for their friends and family, who i promise you will not be disappointed. Prices are reasonable too.

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Thank joanne s
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Reviewed March 24, 2012

We have been regulars at Sunflower for years, despite the fact that we live 15 miles away! It is one of those restaurants where the food just feels like it heals you...rather than weighs you down. We come anytime we are passing through Vienna. The staff is always friendly. Just about everything on the menu is great, they are best known for the General Tsos, but the Sweet and Sour is also amazing. Try their cold basil roll in the summer for a appetizer. We have taken many friends and family that are very wary of going into a vegetarian restaurant, and then love it...with many dishes, if you didn't know, you wouldn't think it was vegetarian.

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Thank 1FromNoVa
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