4.00 Stars – Overall Experience
3.00 Stars – Price
4.50 Stars – Service
4.50 Stars – Food
3.75 Stars – Atmosphere
Deep Fried Vegan Spring Rolls (Cha Gio Chay)
Vegan Hot Pot
Lan Restaurant offers a deceptively large dining area with both chair and bench seating. Simply decorated in Vietnamese inspired decor, this restaurant offers a comfortable atmosphere perfect for a family meal, dinner with friends or a casual date night with your main squeeze. The tables are spaced out nicely so you don’t feel like you are dining with strangers all night.
Lan acts as owner, hostess and menu adviser all wrapped in one! She was extremely friendly to my husband and me and made us feel very welcome in her restaurant. There was also a young gentleman looking after us as well (brought our food and refilled water) who was attentive and not overbearing. Really enjoyed the service as we felt like we were being treated as family.
As it had been a long week, I decided to treat myself to a margarita. The alcohol seemed generous and it had a strong lime flavour. It was good.
I ordered the Deep Fried Vegan Spring Rolls for the two of us and they were delicious – light, crispy and filled with delicious noodles and vegetables. They were served with a dipping sauce that I believe had a rice vinegar base that added a nice hit of acidity to balance the dish.
I ordered the Vegan Hot Pot (big enough for two), perfect for a winter night after having been sick for so long. The broth was spicy and had a strong lemongrass flavour. It came with a massive tray of vegetables that included carrots, broccoli, napa cabbage, enoki mushrooms, white mushrooms, celery and 2 styles of tofu. Our server brought a burner to the table with a large metal bowl of broth which heated to a simmer. Lan instructed us to put some vermicelli noodles (brought to the table) into our bowls, then choose the vegetables we wanted to cook in the broth. After waiting a few minutes, I scooped out some vegetables and tofu and poured the broth over top. I thoroughly enjoyed each mouthful! Lan also told us how it is tradition for a Vietnamese family to come together once a week to enjoy Hot Pot…I could get use to this.
My husband had Bo Ne (marinated beef tenderloin on a sizzling plate). It was served with a choice of rice or noodles. He ate the entire dish with relish…well except the pineapple, which he doesn’t enjoy.
Lan has a section on the menu for Vegetarian and Vegan options and a Vegan option for Hot Pot as well so I would definitely say this restaurant is vegetarian friendly.
The price is pretty high, but quality and flavours are really good and portions are fairly generous. Not an inexpensive meal.
Time of Dinner: 6:30pm
Date: Sat Jan 21st, 2017
For more information, please check out their website at http://www.lanrestaurant.ca/