Landing back in Sacramento we where pleasantly surprised to find a veggie restaurant about 5 minutes away from our house. Huzzah!
Au Lac Vegetarian restaurant is what you want out of a veggie Asian place. Our first visit we got the fried tofu appetizer, which is basically tofu cubed and fried until brown with soy sauce. It is plain, but a nice start to your meal. We also got the wonton soup which was really nice and flavorful with a clear broth and nice big chunks of vegetables (carrots, broccoli and cabbage) and really delicious wontons. Jen got her favorite Mongolian beef– done perfectly with a nice spicy sauce, chopped green onions and peppers and “beef” chunks. The girls got chicken chow mein it has a mild sauce, good mix of veggies (carrots, onions, bok choy) and a decent chicken replica. I got the fish clay pot which was a simple dish of sliced of veggie gluten fish in a really flavorful sauce.
We have been back a few times and we deiced to try out the lunch menu which is the best value around: $4.95 for a cup of soup (soup of the day), one crispy roll, an entree of your choice and white rice (.50 more for brown rice). So far we have had the sweet and sour chicken, the mixed veggie with tofu, the Mongolian beef, the grilled chicken and tofu with eggplant and basil. The food is the perfect portion, you leave full but not stuffed. My favorites are the grilled veggie chicken which comes with a salad. The chicken is a delight with the salty sauce and green salad. My other favorite is the mixed veggies with tofu: the tofu is lightly fried, a good mix of veggies including carrots, broccoli and cabbage in a simple clear sauce. You really can’t go wrong for the price– if you are on a budget but still want to eat out from time to time this lunch menu is perfect.
I give them 4 tomatoes! The service is always fast and polite, the food is consistently good and they have vegan thai ice tea ! woohoo!
*note: These pictures aren't exactly what wrote about above, but I can't seem to find *those* pictures in particular. Forgive! Just go there and check it out for yourself, ok?