Six Chowhounds met in downtown Oakland for the second in our series of weekday lunchtime Chowdowns. We met at Golden Lotus, a Vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant at 1301 Franklin in downtown Oakland.
The menu states that no meat, poultry, fish, or eggs used, though a very few dishes have dairy (mostly used in desserts). There are a number of 'fake meat' dishes.
Dishes we tried were:
Eggplant with basil
Thousand layers eggplant
Sauteed Spinach with mushroom
Spicy Potato 'Chicken' curry
Gourmet vegetable noodle
steamed white and brown rice
Caramel flan (one regular and one vegan)
Vegan Mocha Chocolate cake
Generally, the food got positive reviews with a few standouts. I'll let the others post their opinions and weigh in later. For now, back to work after a great break and good time....
p.s. The next in the series of Oakland lunchtime Chowdowns is tentatively set for Tuesday, July 6th at Joy Luck. Look for a posting shortly.