Monday, July 18, 2011

Vegan Dad on the Road: Mi Lah Vegetarian

Oh, the glamourous life of an historian. On the road, delving into archives, researching, analyzing documents. I am back in Philadelphia, one of my favourite cities in which to research. I'm sorry to see that Independence Hall is shrouded in scaffolding but it's still great to wander the streets of the city that hosted the Continental Congress and the Grand Convention. The other amazing thing is the food: purely vegan restaurants in which you can order anything off the menu! I'm really getting spoiled.

Tonight's dinner was from Mi Lah Vegetarian. I went there for lunch the other day and will be sure to hit the brunch on the weekend. It's a bit on the pricy side but nothing too outrageous. With my order placed the waiter brought some bread and some kind of dipping oil. I'm not exactly sure what was in the oil (red peppers?), but it was good nonetheless. The bread wasn't anything to write home about but I am pretty picky about my bread.
Next: salad. Mango, Avocado and Mixed Green Salad with Lime Dressing. Sorry for the pic but the low lighting of restaurants really does not lend itself to food photography. It was really nice to get fresh veggies after a few days on the road. The mango was perfectly ripe and the dressing was delicious.
Entree: Grilled Oyster Mushrooms with Brandy-Tequila Tomato Sauce with Vegan Sausage, Corn Masa Cakes, and Shaved Apple Salad. All in all, this was a great dish. The sausage had the right texture and was perfectly spicy, complemented by the sweet crunch of the apple. The masa cake was a touch ponderous but had a nice crust on it. I was disappointed, though, with the oyster mushrooms. The were the king variety, and just the stems. They did not have any seasoning on them and were a pretty good chew. Since I know how tasty grilled mushroom can be it was a let down. That being said, I would order it again.

24 comments:

Seruh said...

Check out Blackbird Pizzeria at 6th and Lombard for all vegan pizza! They have awesome specialty pizzas and amazing sandwiches too.

Sabrina said...

I love Mi Lah! Their brunches are especially good :)

Scissors and Spice said...

Ah! You're in Philly? My town! So many great veg places! Mi Lah, Su Xing, Blackbird, Grindcore, Govinda's... have fun!

face said...

You're not that picky about your bread, Mi Lah has bad bread for the quality of the food. I would seriously dissuade you from ordering any dish where the bread is important.

That said, you have a lot to look forward to at brunch. I would suggest the seitan and waffles, but I've never heard any complaints at brunch (except about the bread).

And you missed out by not ordering the gratin.

Lauren K said...

Hi, I live in the area and my favorites from Mi Lah always end up being their salads- they're always so clean and tasty.

If you're still in the area, check out Sweet Freedom Bakery - their goods are vegan and gluten-free are simply delicious! A lot of the products only last a day or two, but the loaves of bread should stay fresh a little longer.
http://www.sweetfreedombakery.com/index.html

Enjoy!

Deb Schiff said...

Hey Vegan Dad,
Didn't know you were an historian. I'm an archivist in NJ! Please feel free to take this conversation offline to let me know what your research interests are (maybe I can help).
Best,
Deb

Babette said...

This looks like a nice restaurant. Thanks for the review.

Alex said...

Another great place is Harmony Vegetarian in Chinatown. If you can persuade a colleague/friend to join you, they do a $10 vegan dim sum for groups of 2 or more. It's a fun way to try interesting "meaty" things that you've seen on other Chinese restaurant menus, like steamed buns and taro cakes. Ordering off the menu never misses, either. Enjoy Philadelphia! It's a really fun city.

Bianca said...

Fancy food! Sorry about the unseasoned mushrooms though. Sigh.

Abby said...

mi lah's brunch is INCREDIBLE! i really suggest the "chicken" and waffles.

sheepguy42 said...

I hope youate at Blackbird, Philadelphia's amazing vegan pizza shop!

genkikitty said...

It all looks tasty though! All vegan restaurants and history? I'm jealous to say the least. So glad to hear your experience is turning out to be a fond one.

Leah said...

If you are still in Philly, make sure you check out Sweet Freedom Bakery and Blackbird Pizzeria. All vegan and all delicious. Unfortunately Horizons just closed its doors the other week.

HollyVeg said...

That looks like a great restaurant! Reminds me of Zen Kitchen in Ottawa, which you should definitely visit next time you're here.

But why do you say "an historian"? People don't say "an" before any other words with an aspirated H; they only say it when the H is silent. You don't say, "That was an horrible movie", so why say "I'm an historian"?

Vegan Dad said...

HollyVeg: it is easier to say "an historian," and it sounds better. Plus, it's not incorrect to do so.

http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/an?region=us

you-wee because said...

I would starve to death because of my gluten intolerance if I had to subsist solely from vegan food!

But you did it your way!

Congrats for being blog of note! Great work!

Regards from Germany,
Uwe /you-wee.

Latha Vijayakumar said...

Very very tasty

commoncents said...

VERY, VERY COOL! Congratulations on being chosen a BON!!!

Steve
Common Cents
http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com

Silentwhisper1 said...

It all looks so delicious.
Who knew? certainly not I.
Nice blog.

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cory meli said...

it's great ,and i like cooking too,i will come to your blog very soon~

Anna said...

My husband's first trip to Philly was back in November and they had the scaffolding up then too. Oh well it's a good excuse to get him back. My step mom always cooks for us , although we did go my Chifa one night and they have a good veg menu. I'm going to have to go back and try some of the restrants mentioned.

kh3llogs said...

Oh my God! What is this foods. It is so mouthwatering.. I'm a chef too that's why I love this blog.. Thanks for sharing..

Andi said...

You ate my favorite meal at my favorite vegan restaurant. Granted, I haven't tried another meal there, but still, it is an awesome meal!