Zen Vegetarian Restaurant

This past Saturday we went to Zen Vegetarian Restaurant for dinner. I bought a $20 for a three-course vegetarian dinner for two (up to a $41.22 value) Groupon a while back. Zen Vegetarian is a Vietnamese restaurant. They also offer some Thai and Chinese options on the menu.

Pennywort Juice | Jackfruit Juice
Pennywort Juice | Jackfruit Juice

We started with two fresh juice. I ordered Pennywort, and husband ordered Jackfruit. Pennywort juice is my favorite drink to get at Vietnamese restaurant. It tastes just like grass (in a good way). Jackfruit is an unique fruit from southeast Asia. To me, it tastes like a cross between pineapple and mango. Once I had a Malaysian dish with jackfruit in it, and I like jackfruit ever since. Husband’s juice was freshly made, and there are still pieces of fruit in it. So yummy.

Ca Cuon Thi La (Grilled Soy Fish Roll) ($5.75)
Ca Cuon Thi La (Grilled Soy Fish Roll) ($5.75)

For appetizer, we ordered Grilled Soy Fish Roll. The soy fish’s texture is very much like fish. The fresh and crisp veggies and herbs inside the rice paper wrapper tasted really good with the peanut dipping sauce.

Bun Bo Hue (Spicy Soy Beef Soup) ($6.75)
Bun Bo Hue (Spicy Soy Beef Soup) ($6.75)

For entree, we both felt like having noodle soup. Husband ordered Bun Bo Hue, Vietnamese spicy beef soup. It was tasty, but not as spicy as my husband would like. Both of us think the Bun Bo Hue at Thuyen Vien is better.

Bun Thai (Thai Tom Yum Spicy Noodle Soup with Soy Seafood) ($7.50)
Bun Thai (Thai Tom Yum Spicy Noodle Soup with Soy Seafood) ($7.50)

I ordered Thai Tom Yum Seafood Noodle Soup. There were fake shrimp, fish and squid in it. I love the fake squid. It was crunchy, and reminds me of fish balls. The sour and spicy soup was yummy. I didn’t like the celery in the soup though. It was really thick, tough, and just hard to eat.

Dessert Crepe
Dessert Crepe

The meal also came with a dessert crepe. The crepe wasn’t freshly made. It was heated up in the microwave. I thought the Nutella, banana and strawberry taste better than the crepe itself. I don’t think the green tea ice cream is vegan though.

The food at Zen Vegetarian was good, but not exceptional. We still think Thuyen Vien is much better food.

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