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For my vegetarian aunt, Hangawi or Franchia or others?

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For my vegetarian aunt, Hangawi or Franchia or others?

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kobetobiko | | Jan 24, 2009 11:14 AM

Hi my chowhound friends,

My Asian aunt who is a vegetarian just came to visit, and I want to bring her to a vegetarian restaurant (so that she can order anything she wants rather than just having a few vegetarian options). Her taste is quite traditional so the fusion places probably isn't going to work. She also doesn't like places that serve too much fake meat or seitan, but rather have real vegetables or tofu or such. I have been disappointed by the quality of the vegetarian restaurants in Chinatown, and so I am thinking of bringing her to either Hangawi or Franchia.

I have never been to either of them, but I found mostly positive reviews for Hangawi (not much mentioning at all for Franchia). I know they are sister restaurants but is the food better at one than the other? Is it considered authentic Korean (or at least not too fusion / americanized)? What dishes will you recommend at either place?

If you have other suggestions outside of Hangawi or Franchia, please feel free to post! Your help will be much appreciated!

Thank you in advance!

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