Usually Quality over Quantity, except in this case... >_<.
I took my brothers and I to Enjoy Vegetarian restaurant last Saturday. Let me say first that I may be biased because Chinese vegetarian is my ABSOLUTE favorite food in the whole world, and I have high expectations for good Chinese cooking 1) coming from a city with such a large Chinese community and2) possibly being spoiled from eating at Happy Family vegetarian restaurant (if I could, I'd hire the chef to be my personal cook) in LA.
To cut to the chase, quality-wise, the food did not disappoint. Everything was very flavorful without being too salty, even without onion and garlic. I tried the highly praised eggplant w/ veggie sea bass and taro-coconut "chicken" with sesame and was very pleased with the flavors and textures of both dishes. 5 stars on quality of food.
Portion-wise, however, I would be hard-pressed to give this place even 1 star. For nearly $10 a dish, the portions were painfully small, most served on dishes no larger than a medium-sized dinner plate. In fact, our appetizer came in a plate no bigger than a saucer for a tea cup, and we paid $6 for that! I could easily get a full meal at Naan 'n Curry for that kind of money. Both my brothers tore through the dishes and were wondering if we were going to get more food. Minus 1 star for the stingy portions.
Furthermore, while we were dining, one of the owner's friends came in. She immediately set out a large platter of food and said in Chinese, "Don't worry, it's on the house." Maybe I'm just sensitive, but I REALLY did not appreciate the blatant preferential treatment she gave other customers. I paid just as much for the food as they did and I should be treated the same way. Clearly the restaurant does not care to earn our patronage. Minus 1 star for the unprofessional treatment - and I think that's being quite lenient!
I really want to like this place and support the vegetarian restaurant community in SF, but until Enjoy changes their management practices, I won't be coming back.
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