Restaurant Review: House of Vegetarian

House of Vegetarian
68 Mott Street
(between Canal Street and Bayard Street)
Chinatown, Manhattan

Vegiboys Rating (1.5/4)

The House of Vegetarian is a nondescript storefront sitting within the confusion of Chinatown’s Mott Street just below Canal. The establishment has no character at all (thanks to the season, some Christmas decorations adorned walls that lacked any other claims to charm), with a narrow, industrially lit dining room and austerity to the furnishings.

Our server was friendly, if unhelpful. Her sole recommendation was to drink more of the complementary house tea.

For appetizers, we chose the fried vegetarian spring rolls and two hot soups: the white fungus porridge with sweet corn was a bit canned (the fungus was a fibrous white material), and a shark’s fin soup with black mushrooms was chock full of vegetable sprouts more than anything else. Both soups actually tasted fine and arrived in huge portions – given their negligible cost they could be a great, filling meal in themselves for almost no money.

Unfortunately, we continued our meal with entrées that were less than impressive. We requested the General Tso’s chicken and sautéed roast pig. When the dishes arrived, the two were totally indistinguishable; both just a bland plate of tofu with mixed vegetables.

At $20 each, with no attempts for atmosphere and no effort from the kitchen, travel elsewhere for your vegetarian Chinatown experience. Only a few blocks south are two choices with far more to offer, the Vegetarian Dim Sum House and Buddah Bodai, both providing far better experiences for a similar price.

Food (1/4)
Atmosphere & Service
Value (1.5/4)

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