Mi Lah Vegetarian

Awning at Mi Lah Vegetarian

Awning at Mi Lah Vegetarian

A vegan place downtown, that makes asian-inspired dishes at reasonable prices? Count me in. I’d been wanting to make trip to Mi Lah since it opened a few months ago, and finally I made it in for lunch. And then I made it in again. One time with a good camera, one time without. I think that you’ll be able to tell the difference.

Mi Lah is a cute, modern -chic decorated restaurant with real baby tomatoes and orchids growing on the windowsills. Though it only seats about 30 downstairs, Mi Lah also has an upstairs floor, open during the evening. Their cuisine is based more on Buddhist vegetarianism than “health” food, so you can still get fried “meat” products on big crusty rolls, if that’s what you’re in the mood for.

Mango Avocado Salad

Mango Avocado Salad


One afternoon I had the mango and avocado salad – firm bites of mango and a generous helping of avocado on baby greens with a citrus dressing. The salad was fresh and delicious. At $9 (for the large size) it was a bit pricey, but the quality of the ingredients was excellent.
Soup of the Day

Soup of the Day


Alongside the salad I ordered the “soup of the day” – tiny cubes of raw firm tofu, mushroom, carrots and daikon in a simple broth. I have to say, it was pretty bland, and could have used some spice!
On another visit, I was able to convince someone else to dine with me, and therefor, could try twice as many things.
Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup


This cup of butternut squash soup was just perfect. Creamy and full of flavor, beautifully and simply garnished with black sesame seed.
Green Papaya Salad

Green Papaya Salad


I also love that green papaya salad. Fresh, crunchy, and just a tart, it was perfectly mixed with tamarind sauce, crispy fried and shredded tempeh.
Coconut-crusted mushroom

Coconut-crusted mushroom


Sadly, I don’t remember what kind of mushroom this was, but it was as big as my fist, breaded in coconut with a twist of lime, and fried. It was delicious, though perhaps not quite worth it’s $5 price tag.
Buffalo Tofu sandwich

Buffalo Tofu sandwich


This sandwich was a beast. As a lover of buffalo sauce, I continually snuck pieces off of my partners plate. Chunks of tofu marinated in hot buffalo sauce, deep fried into crispy little pieces, served in a big hoagie roll with lettuce, and with a chili ranch sauce on the side. A delicious idea.

Overall, I’ve been very pleased with my lunches at Mi Lah. A few of the dishes are hit and miss, but most of them really deliver. The restaurant and the staff are very pleasant and the prices are reasonable. Their dinner menu is a tad fancier, and from what I hear, delicious. I’m also excited to try their pre-fix brunch sometime, which comes with fresh breads, fruit, and a mixer. Did I mention that they were BYOB? Huzzah!

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by tommy wommie on June 11, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    hello, glad you liked our lunch. i am the lunch chef for mi lah and i am really pleased that you enjoyed the food. Hope to see you during dinner service one day!!

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  2. Posted by tommy wommie on June 11, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    hello, glad you enjoyed the food. I am the lunch chef for mi lah and we hope to see you come in for dinner sometime. P.S…we use the stem of the king mushroom for the coconut coated mushroom. have a good day!

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