Restaurant Review: Veggie Heaven.

19 Aug

Since I LOVE to eat I figured why not start this blog with a restaurant review… for an amazing vegan restaurant at that.

Here is the basic 411 on the joint:

This restaurant is called Veggie Heaven. I live in Jersey and I am pretty sure that anyone who lives in Jersey and is Vegetarian knows about Veggie Heaven. They have 3 locations, all in Jerz. The one I most recently visited was the one in Montclair. Veggie Heaven is 100% all natural vegetarian food, and is also 100% vegan (meaning no animal by products what so ever). Veggie Heaven is also just delicious! Their mock meat is made using an ingenious blend of tofu, wheat gluten, sweet potatoes, taro roots and a bunch of other good things. They also have specific dishes that are just tofu, or just wheat gluten, but their signature blend by far tops any mock meat I have ever had 🙂

I usually eat lots of different things when I go out to eat. My boyfriend and I are total grazers and tend to try everything. Well I tend to order everything and he tends to try it all 😉 For appetizers we started with some basic Spring Rolls, they give you 2. They are small but they are good and sometimes all I want is a simple spring roll and this is precisely what I got. The dipping sauce is really good. All the sauces at Veggie Heaven are really good. I also ordered some vegetable fried rice which is a must if you like veggie fried rice. There is something so delicious about their fried rice. Maybe its the oil they use? I don’t know, but there is almost like a heavenly glaze on it. Just amazing. Very simple tasting with sprouts, peas, corn and carrots, there is not much flavor but it is very good. We then rounded out the appetizers with an order of Chicken Nuggets. You will notice upon reading the menu that everything is referred to being the actual meat, chicken or fish which is very off-putting at first cuz your like ‘wait isn’t this a vegetarian restaurant?’ The chicken nuggets are to die for. Sometimes finger food is just all I need and these chicken nuggets won. They were tiny and crispy and tasty. They gave us a small plate over flowing with these little guys. Totally worth it if you like that kind of thing. I’m a child of the 80’s and 90’s (aka the frozen food generation), so nugget type things??? I’m all over it 😉

For our main course we both got different things, which happens sometimes when we are super hungry. We usually order too many appetizers and then just stare at the entrees, but that was not the case this time. I stuck with a trusted dish the ‘Sweet and Sour Chicken’ which I find to be amazing. It is more on the sweet side really, but not over bearing. The chicken pieces are served with chunks of pineapple and green pepper. The flavors of the sauce, fruit and veggies all blend together so well that I always come back to this dish at Veggie Heaven. My partner in crime got the ‘Crispy Chicken with Fresh Walnuts’. This is another one of our “go to” dishes. Its delicious. It’s not as sweet as the sweet and sour chicken but the cuts of mock meat are the same. I find the chicken with fresh walnuts to have a very pleasant taste with a nice peppery finish. All entrees are served with white or brown rice and are big enough to share. I highly recommend sharing an entree if you are going to get appetizers. If your just going to get an entrée then each get your own.

They have hot oolong tea at the table, and they serve water with lemon. The service is always friendly, fast and great and the atmosphere is casual with an Asian flare. The menu has a lot of Asian options, but you will also find lots of other random dishes as well as basics like a veggie burgers, guacamole and taro chips, and sweet potato fries. They have an extensive vegan dessert menu from tofu ice cream to vegan chocolate cake. This trip we opted to skip dessert since we stuffed our faces to the max, but I can tell you first hand that the tofu ice cream is divine. The ‘Vanilla Almond Bark’ is top-notch. The flavors are not over powering and the texture is rich and sooo smooth. Definitely worth it if you’re a tofu ice cream fan, or if you are just curious.

All in all you will never regret a trip to Veggie Heaven. The menu is HUGE and there are always daily specials. Prices are extremely fair for the quality and amount of food. They also have take out as an option. This is a great place to go if you are just starting out in the vegetarian lifestyle or trying to break someone else in. It’s even better if you’re having lunch or dinner with a non vegetarian. They will love it, and if they don’t read the placement they will never know it’s not real meat 😉

Veggie Heaven… 631 Valley Rd Montclair NJ 07042… (973) 783-1088…www.veggieheavennj.com

www.HappyCow.net for your worldwide vegetarian dining needs.

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