It was lady meet day again. Polly and I coincidentally was thinking of going for vegetarian on that day. I recalled Madamme Yek told us during this meal that one of their favourite eating places is 4 Stones Vegetarian Restaurant on Westminster Hwy. So, Polly and I went to 4 Stones. It was unfortunate for us that 4 Stones closes on Monday.
Polly recalled she saw Veggie Bunch Vegetarian Restaurant after she went groceries at Park Village the week before but she cant recall exactly where is it’s location. Veggie Bunch used to operate on the ground floor of the Richmond Public Market but we never eat there before because Ben, Arkensen and Nanzaro are meat lovers. Vegetarian does not appeal to them.
After making a few rounds the block of Park Village, we finally found Veggie Bunch Vegetarian Restaurant on Buswell St. It is actually located behind Great One Supermarket. You can park at Park Village parking lot if you want to dine at Veggie Bunch.
Veggie Bunch is an all you can eat place. There are 16 items on the buffet to choose from. The price for AYCE lunch is $10.99. If I remember correctly, AYCE dinner is $12.99. Polly told me that Veggie Bunch served more varieties when they were at the Richmond Public Market. Although Polly has not eaten there, she knew one of the staff who used to work there and sometimes, when she shopped at the RPM, she would drop by Veggie Bunch to say hello to her friend.
Among the 16 items, there are 2 soups, 1 dessert soup and some steamed buns at the very far end of the buffet table.
We started off with the soups. The two types of soup are a sour and spicy soup and a herbal soup. The herbal soup tastes a bit like Bak Kut Teh and it has shiitake mushroom and some kind of glutens which are quite chewy.
The sour and spicy soup is too acidic, lacking the sweetness from meat. It’s the least favourite among the two soups.
The above are my two rounds of food. Among the items are:
- stir fried vermicelli
- fried rice which has a chewy texture like sticky rice
- crispy vegetarian spring roll
- stir fried cabbage and another green vegetables which is nicely done, i.e. still crisp
- spicy eggplants
- pan fried radish cake
- deep fried bean curd skins (which is called “so ngor” or vegetarian goose),
- tofu, etc
I kind of feel guilty because I over ate at buffet as I always do. But, the good thing is that they are all vegetarian food. Here are some highlights of the items on the buffet …
The above is to mimic sweet and sour fish. It is made with tofu and wrapped with seaweed. I quite like this and had it at both rounds.
The above is supposed to mimic meat ball. It does look like a meat ball but the texture does not feel like meat ball.
I think the above is made to resemble squid. I must say that they are very creative.
The above seemed to be some sweet and sour chicken. I like the texture of this as it has some chew to eat and it’s quite appetizing.
The vegetarian buns is filled with a vegetable called “Suet Li Hong”. We quite like this.
We ended the meal with the red bean and black glutinous rice dessert soup. It was a good meal. It’s great to have vegetarian food once in a while to cleanse our body.
Veggie Bunch Vegetarian Restaurant only accepts cash.
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ohh looks delicious! i am a vegetarian, will certainly check this place out!
Such a simple thing… to cook veggies properly… and yet so many Chinese restaurants can’t get it right. This place always has the best crispiest veggies 🙂
I thought the “squid” is supposed to resemble kidney or liver? The squid I see in my area is usually made with some jelly like item.
The seaweed (?) in the picture with the row of items looks enticing to me, have seen it a lot at many different vegetarian restaurants.
This place is one of our go-to places on our veggie days. It’s Taiwanese-style veggie food, more towards Buddhist/Taoist veggie food. Yum! It’s one of the only veggie places Buddha Boy enjoys…hahahahaha!
I have been to Veggie Bunch a few years ago when it was still at Richmond Public Market. I remember it being quite good! Compared to 4 Stones, the food was definitely A LOT more flavourful…
Agree…4-Stones was disappointing…and expensive too.
I am not vegetarian but I really like Veggie Bunch too. Last time I was there they had ice cream too!
Yeah, I think the “squid” is suppose to resemble kidney. Vegetarian squid is usually translucent white or orange.
They DO have ice-cream, it’s located in the fridge right beside the shelf where they put the bowls and utensils.
We used to go to their Richmond Market location a lot when they were only $8.99, now it’s $12.99…
nice review thanks. it’s a nice place to go and not feel so full after a meal. it is reasonable too considering it is ayce. they do close early(and often), i believe. look forward to more vegetarian resto reviews!
tell ben, everyday eat meat not good also, mah.
I love this place and I always overeat when I come too 😛 can’t help it, it’s so good…
I went there a couple of days ago. The food was not bad but very greasy. My husband and I only had two small plates, one bowl of soup and one bowl of red bean soup, we were full for the rest of the day.
Also, I guess it was Monday and they didn’t expect many customers at noon, the serving trays were only 1/3 full.
Overall, a little bit pricy for the food they served, I only find mushrooms in one dish. My favourite dish is the sweet and sour chicken.