Boy, am I pumped about this place opening!
We’ve been without a true vegetarian restaurant for a long time. There have only been a few such places since I’ve lived here. Jack Sprat’s, a fully vegan restaurant with a heavy emphasis on imitation-meat dishes. It wasn’t great, IMHO. Then there was a cool place near Maple Street in the late 90s with lots of good mushroom dishes, such as mushroom Rockefeller. I can’t remember the name, but it was great. Probably the most successful (in terms of cuisine, anyway) was Old Dog New Trick, first on Exchange Alley and then on Frenchmen, although they insisted on keeping a damn tuna dish on the menu, thus keeping it from being a real vegetarian restaurant.
I don’t have any idea if Cafe Bamboo will be any good, but given it’s blessed location (Siam was a truly great Thai place BK) and it’s intriguing menu, I’m ready to give it a shot. There’re a few too many imitation-meat dishes on the menu for my taste, but it’s still a lot more creative than most places. So bring it on; the best food city needs a good really vegetarian place!
Welcome, Cafe Bamboo!