31 January 2011

Vego friendly restaurant recommendations in Civic to take a date...

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I am lucky enough to have a date this Thursday night. We will be going to Dendy Premium in Civic, then was planning on going to a nice restaurant close-by in Civic. We are both in early 20’s, and she is a vegetarian.

So it would have to be a place with a good vegetarian menu as well as other choices.

It would also preferably be in the Bunda Street area, or anywhere in Civic really.

Would love to know what people think. Can’t wait for an influx of suggestions…

Thanks Canberra!!!

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I can’t speak on the vege front but for atmosphere the Indian restaurant upstairs in the complex that houses Sammy’s is hard to beat in that area. Might be worth checking the vege options on the menu. The restaurant is nicely carpeted which keeps the noise down and there are plenty of little cosy 2 seater tables from memory.

Masquara said :

Pulp Kitchen at the Ainslie Shops – nice walk from the Dendy.

Nice hike from the Dendy, you mean!

Pulp Kitchen at the Ainslie Shops – nice walk from the Dendy.

Banana Leaf do good veggie

georgesgenitals said :

bigfeet said :

Why bother?

As a vegetarian her attention span will not last for an entire movie and she will also be far too lethargic , listless and irritable to be bothered having sex with you.

She’s vegetarian, not having her period.

Perhaps you two could go on a date? Just stick to veal and you’ll manage. Deliciously spotless.

BimboGeek said :

there’s good Thai right across the road from Dendy and very friendly.

This is weird but vegetarians sometimes feel uncomfortable when most dishes are meat “and that’s yours” when everyone is supposed to be sharing.

Your date might appreciate your willingness to at least try some of her lifestyle so do give Au Lac a try sometime. 🙂

Ermmmmmm…. I wonder if the date went well, it happened over two years ago…..

there’s good Thai right across the road from Dendy and very friendly.

This is weird but vegetarians sometimes feel uncomfortable when most dishes are meat “and that’s yours” when everyone is supposed to be sharing.

Your date might appreciate your willingness to at least try some of her lifestyle so do give Au Lac a try sometime. 🙂

farnarkler said :

Methinks there is an opportunity for someone wanting to start a restaurant to make a killing offering a good spread of vegetarian dishes along with those for the carnivores.

Why would you bother starting a restaurant? I know of more than one restaurant that is effected by even a minor mention in the ‘Worst Canberra Restaurants’ threads.

Search for the restaurant name and ‘Worst Canberra Restaurants’ turns up in the Google results.

What recourse does anyone really have?

I’d be cautious about choosing Au Lac or Kingsland if you haven’t eaten there before. Some people like that soy fake meat and some people don’t. A first date wouldn’t be the time to find out you are in the second group …

Methinks there is an opportunity for someone wanting to start a restaurant to make a killing offering a good spread of vegetarian dishes along with those for the carnivores.

georgesgenitals3:39 pm 01 Feb 11

bigfeet said :

Why bother?

As a vegetarian her attention span will not last for an entire movie and she will also be far too lethargic , listless and irritable to be bothered having sex with you.

She’s vegetarian, not having her period.

Why bother?

As a vegetarian her attention span will not last for an entire movie and she will also be far too lethargic , listless and irritable to be bothered having sex with you.

Keijidosha said :

Flavours of India seem to be one of the better places to eat. Blu Ginger on the other hand I found to be completely overrated and not somewhere I would go on a date.

My experience with Flavours of India was the complete opposite, and I have found Blu Ginger to be excellent on all 3 occasions I have been there recently, I definitely think it’s worthy of a date and the vegetarian is excellent.

Zen Yai is excellent (make sure you book) including their vegetarian, Civic (and Dickson) Asian Noodle House are good for a quick eat.. but possibly not date material.

Chairman and Yip is always good.. but I personally think taking someone there on a first date just wreaks of desperation to impress (especially as the encore to Dendy Premium) .

The short trip to Dickson gives you Au Luc, which I think has easily the best vegetarian food in Canberra but I am not 100% that the decor is particularly ‘date’ material as it’s a little basic (we are being super fussy here right?).. and make sure she doesn’t need to go to the bathroom.

Kingsland is also available in Dickson which plenty of people rave about but as a vegetarian I didn’t think much of it. I think the only reason I would end up at Kingsland is if I couldn’t get a seat at Au Luc (same decor comment as Au Luc applies too).

I’m vegetarian and my partner is not. I “third” the suggestion of Zen Yai. It’s a nice restaurant for a date, and also has a good selection of vegetarian dishes (I think entrees too, and even soup). We went there for our first dinner date over three years ago, so it worked for us 🙂

I’d also suggest Banana Leaf (Sri Lankan/modern Australian cuisine). Another good “date” restaurant, and we both really like the food. There will be more options for you, but I think most, if not all, the Sri Lankan dishes offer the choice of several meats or a vegetarian option. I recommend the vegetarian pittu to your date. It comes with a curry, a dish of pittu and several smaller dishes of accompaniments and condiments to mix together.

Babar’s has a few options (e.g. risotto, zucchini balls) though may not have the atmosphere you’re after.

I don’t think I’d choose Sammy’s Kitchen for a first date. However, I have to say that I really like the Malaysian Vegetable Curry there. It’s in the Malaysian section of the menu, not the vegetarian section.

I have never eaten at Wagamama. I’ve looked at the menu a few times, and I think there are a couple of dishes I could eat, but they’ve never sounded appealing enough to get me in the door.

I’ve been to Chairman and Yip once with a work group, about 7 years ago. There were only one or two vegetable dishes on the menu and they both involved a lot of mushrooms, which I hate. I think I ended up with two side dishes of steamed greens, and have never gone back.

I looked at Sage’s menu a few months ago when some friends wanted to go there. I think there was one meatless dish – gnocchi with burnt butter, but priced over $30 (expensive for pasta regardless of how fancy the restaurant is). I passed. My friends went but weren’t that impressed either.

Milk and Honey has a nice vegetable curry, but I think that’s the only meatless option so wouldn’t offer your date any choice.

Flavours of India is nice enough. Indian restaurants are always a safe bet for vegetarians, but can become rather boring for the same reason.

Overall, I’d recommend Banana Leaf first and Zen Yai second, but either one would be a good choice as long as you both like that cuisine.

Good luck – I hope your date goes well!

thatsnotme said :

For vego food, I’d actually stay well away from Sammy’s. My wife is a vegetarian, and refuses to eat there any more – their selection is basically a selection of asian greens in various uninspiring sauces. Very boring stuff.

+1 to this (sorry JB) – it seems like (whether it’s true or not – and i have given up going there) no matter what you order it’s a pile of bok choy drowned in the same brown sauce. horrible.

I’d second Zen Yai Thai on London Circuit. Great food, excellent service and inviting atmosphere. Recommended to make an impression on your first date. The menu has a specific vegetarian section, so it’s inclusive and generous in its selections. Non-vegos are well catered for also.

See JB, vegetarians can be easy to please!

Holden Caulfield12:29 pm 31 Jan 11

neanderthalsis said :

Wagamamas is ok if you’re a spiky haired, skinny jeans with your buttocks hanging out wearing, popped collar type metrosexual. But if you have passed puberty it’s probably not the best place to eat, too hip to serve decent food in decent portions and rude staff that think they are too cool for the hospitality industry.

Cream….

Haha, did anyone else find that rant against Wagamama funny when the very next suggestion was Cream? I would have thought all the criticisms of Wagamama would apply equally, or more so, to Cream. Plus, Cream has a menu that was tired and limited the day it was launched.

Italian & Sons might be worth considering (and booking if you go that way).

Sage at Gorman House, likewise.

Pommy bastard12:19 pm 31 Jan 11

Zen Thai is a great place to eat, and has a reasonable vegetarian section

http://www.menulog.com.au/zenyai_thai#menus.

Nothing other than Au Lac will make a vego genuinely happy in my experience.

For vego food, I’d actually stay well away from Sammy’s. My wife is a vegetarian, and refuses to eat there any more – their selection is basically a selection of asian greens in various uninspiring sauces. Very boring stuff.

For handiness to Dendy and vego friendliness I’m thinking Sammy’s Kitchen is the best bet. Make sure when you book that they put you at the tables down the side of the kitchen, much more intimate.

dtc said :

Chairman and Yip the ‘upmarket’ choice for Chinese (IMHO) and I guess is a good ‘date’ restaurant (in comparison to, for example Sammy’s);

Last time I checked C&Y only had one or two vegitarian dishes on their entire menu.

Wagamama is probably the last place I would recommend for a date – it is akin to McDonalds in atmosphere and decor. Great for a quick lunch though, assuming you can get the attention of the hipster staff.

I know Shogun has a mixed reputation, but I’ve always enjoyed their food and they have some vego dishes.

neanderthalsis10:38 am 31 Jan 11

Wagamamas is ok if you’re a spiky haired, skinny jeans with your buttocks hanging out wearing, popped collar type metrosexual. But if you have passed puberty it’s probably not the best place to eat, too hip to serve decent food in decent portions and rude staff that think they are too cool for the hospitality industry.

Cream does some vego tapas and meals,but not really the place fort an intimate encounter, ditto for Sammy’s Blu ginger is uninspiring, but passable. Tossolinis has a few vego dishers too.

Not so close by, there’s a lot of choice in Dickson – particularly Kingsland and Au Lac.

The dumpling house and spicy ginger cafe near the student accommodation in Childers St have quite a few options as well.

While i’ve not been to the Dendy Premium i understand that the seats all seperate? How can you do the ‘yawn-to-arm-round-partner’ move? I hope you’re not seeing Black Swan either, its not a romance

Wagamamas below Dendy is ok, i suggest some Edemame for starters. A lot of people don’t know what they are so you’ll look hip ordering them. They do some ok vego dishes. Chairman and Yip over the raod do a couple of ok vego dishes too.

Follow it up with a quick browse of Koko Black. Chocolate is always a good conversation point Purchase a couple of the fancy chocolates under the glass at the front to share.

As someone who regularly eats with vego friends, remember that most asian restaurants (including Indian) can manage a good vego meal. Chairman and Yip the ‘upmarket’ choice for Chinese (IMHO) and I guess is a good ‘date’ restaurant (in comparison to, for example Sammy’s); not sure about Indian in that area (but plenty around nearer to the ANU).

Or pizza.

Restaurants in the City with a good spread of vego meals are very few and far between, so I’ll be interested to see what comments are left here. Thus far I’ve only found that Indian restaurants have a decent vego range, and Flavours of India seem to be one of the better places to eat. Blu Ginger on the other hand I found to be completely overrated and not somewhere I would go on a date.

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