"Spartan" is often synonymous with Vegan. After all, the goal of Vegan cuisine is to be as natural as possible, with a focus on wholesome, healthy food. It's in that spirit that we'll review California Vegan.
At first glance, California Vegan looks more like a greasy spoon than a healthy haven. The restaurant is completely devoid of decor, with diner-style booths looking out at a rather industrial portion of Sunset Blvd. In short, don't bring a date here. There is zero ambiance.
Although this restaurant lacks glamor, it doesn't fall short in what counts: a decent menu selection. Unfortunately, the prices at California Vegan are not as reasonable as Native Foods. But, the lunch and dinner specials are more robust, often including salad, soup, a vegan egg roll and rice, in addition to the main dish.
LAist's favorite dishes are the Pad Thai and the Green Curry (which is actually quite spicy, despite being labeled as mild). The miso soup is very tasty, but the side salad fell short of our expectations. It was comprised of bitter-tasting iceberg lettuce that was wilted by the warm plate on which it was served. The spring roll, although Vegan, was deep fried and greasy. Thankfully, the main dishes are usually generous. Our dinning advice: ask the cook to add extra tofu to your main dish, and have your salad served separately.
We probably won't rush back to this restaurant for a dining experience. We will, however, add this to our list of favorite take-out restaurants. It's cheaper than Vegan Glory, and offers a similar menu.
7300 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90046