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Posted by Lisa on 09/12/2010
I am newly vegan and my boyfriend is no where near it but we both agreed that this place was awesome. I got the pumpkin pancakes with blueberry butter and a side of sweet potato fries. He got the seitan with Belgium waffles. First of all, the portion sizes are insanely large. I could only finish one pancake! The prices are great based on how much food you get. My non-vegan boyfriend loved the seitan! He said it was very close to chicken and waffles. The atmosphere was cute and not overly crowded. The service was friendly. I can't wait to go back one night for their dinner menu.
Posted by harris on 07/16/2009
Mi Lah is amazing! They don't do the typical "fake meat" vegan fare -- my mom would love them, because they're getting me to eat my vegetables! The African Peanut Stew is incredible, and they give back to Africa, too!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/30/2009
We went for their fixed price Sunday brunch and it is definitely worth the money. We arrived 15 minutes before close (careful -- their web site says they close at 4 on Sundays, but they actually close at 3) and the hostess/owner were extremely friendly and insisted that it was no trouble to seat us so late. The server was also extremely friendly and throughout the meal we never felt rushed. We both got the lumberjack platter and everything but the tofu scramble was amazing. The pumpkin pancakes were fluffy and full of flavor and the tempeh bacon was phenomenal. The potatoes were the best part -- well seasoned and they had some crunchy onions on top. The tofu scramble was a little disappointing. All I could taste was the parsley garnish and the "eggs" were a little mushy for my liking. The meal came with mimosa mix, tea or coffee, and a plate of fresh fruit with scones/coffee cake. I would definitely recommend it to veggies and non-veggies alike. The owners are so friendly and the food is delicious! I can't wait to go back!
Posted by Anonymous on 12/23/2008
I can't get enough of this place. Delicious food and a really nice sized menu. Rather than undistinguishable faux meats, you get varied vegetables and proteins (seitan, tofu, beans, etc.) One server specifically asks if there is something you did not like about your food if you don't finish it (so rare these days). The mango, avocado, spinach salad is to die for. I've also enjoyed the polenta and the autumn vegetable tart. Brunch is outta this world! A vegan omelet - who knew? There are a few items I was not impressed by: the spinach/feta pizza was not good, the labi labi stew seemed undercooked, the seitan skewer lunch portion was too small (but delish), and the apple, ginger, grapefruit cobbler was a bit odd. I'm saddened by the removal of the mango trio from the dessert menu. It was the best dessert I've had there.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/15/2008
I went to lunch at Mi Lah with a friend who couldn't stop raving about it - she's been there several times - and I'm now hooked! I will go back without question and can't wait to try the dinner menu. I had the coconut carrot ginger soup, a standard on the menu, which had a velvet-like texture and delicous layers of flavor. Also had the spicy mango avacado and spinach salad that might possibly be the best spinach based salad I've ever had. For desert we had the chocolate fudge (no sugar) and it was an amazing combination of coco, sweet, salty and hot! While my friend found it a bit too spicy for her taste, I loved it! Our waiter was excellent and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone - vegetarian or not.
Posted by New User on 11/23/2008
We heard about this new restaurant from a chef in the vegetarian community and went for 1st time with 3 friends Sat. Nov 22-2008. We had to sit upstairs, as no tables were available downstairs for our numbers. Overall experience was great. Really excited about another vegan upscale restaurant in Philly without the usual 'junk'/fried soy/wheat gluten fare at most other vegetarian places. Food we ordered were pumpkin dumplings, tofu with edamame puree, soup of the day(which we all tried and didn't care for). Mains: Pad Thai, Polenta, Cumin Fingerling potatoes and Rosted Eggplant. All were really good but there were favorites and not 100% of the dishes were consistent with our taste desired. Sometimes a dish was a bit too extreme of one flavor. the Polenta dish was the table fav. We were happy that desert menu had 2 sugar-less options (agave), yet we had the raw fudge with chilis and orange slices- But, weren't impressed. Main problem issue was upstairs being too cold! It was close to the outside temp, and last night was 24! Everybody up there had to keep their jackets on. Really! No joke! It was a bit comical at each table. People ordering hot water in tea cups solely to keep hands their warm. A shame though, as we really wanted to get the check, and get out, due to the tundra weather up there! Hopefully this will changed (and we asked for heat, but nothing seemed to happen). Don't be fooled by thinking it's Asian vegetarian restaurant with only fried, tofu, or wheat gluten only dishes! It's not! Were excited to have the consciousness of Philly grow with another quality vegan restaurant like Mi lah, as most other big cities in the USA have! Looking forward to going back and trying the other dishes.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/18/2008
We walked upon Mi Lah by accident (it's where the old Pita Pocket was), but found out that it had recently opened and was a vegetarian restaurant. The service was excellent, with great personal attention. The menu was also really interesting, not the usual mock meat menu seen at most vegetarian restaurants. The chef apparently trained at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) and has previously worked at Govinda's & Horizons, and the presentation and taste of the food shows it. I got the red curry polenta dish, in the coconut/lime sauce, and it was fabulous. They even brought out some sampler juices for us, which was a nice personal touch. I can't wait to take more people to this place!