My husband and I have been to every vegan restaurant in Orange County. We like them all, but our favorite is Au Lac in Fountain Valley. It’s not close to our house, however; so we don’t go often, but we made the drive last Sunday.
I distracted myself on the drive by reading Au Lac’s Yelp reviews. I was intrigued by a reviewer who shared that Chef Ito took one look at her father and warned him about his heart. Six months later, her dad had a heart attack. How did he know? I should add that her dad’s fine and now and following a 90% raw vegan diet.
I guess the Yelp reviews did a good job of distracting me because it seemed like we got to the restaurant in no time. The place was busy, but we were still quickly seated. While looking at our menus I kept scanning the restaurant. “What are you looking for?” my husband asked. “Chef Ito, I want to see if he’ll predict anything about our health.”
Paul just rolled his eyes at me as a waiter came to our table. I ordered the Curry Chicken because a lot of Yelpers raved about it. My husband ordered the Beef Watercress. We also ordered a Deep House Salad and a pot of Orange Blossom Tea to share.
The salad came in a generous white bowl that was brimming with romaine, marinated mushrooms, olives and dill blended with the best tasting vegan ranch dressing I’ve ever had. Both my husband and I loved it. Since much of what this restaurant serves is vegan living foods (aka – raw food), I suppose they know a thing or two about salad.
When our entrées arrived, we had them placed in the middle of the table so we could share. We started with the Beef Watercress which had thick cuts of “beef” tantalizingly drenched in deep brown gravy over a bed of rich green watercress and tomatoes. I’m not usually a fan of fake meats, but this dish was superb. The sauce was rich and tangy with a hint of garlic and the texture of the meat was perfect.
My husband and I are wimps when it comes to spicy food, so we don’t normally order curry. I made an exception last weekend because several Yelpers said that the Curry Chicken was fabulous and not at all spicy. I loved my first bite, but then heat slowly permeated my mouth. I’ll admit that it wasn’t hot compared to others I’ve tasted (and I’m sure it would be too mild for true curry lovers), but it was too hot for me and definitely too hot for my hubby.
Despite the spicy curry, it was a fabulous meal. I’ve never been dissatisfied at Au Lac. Oh, and in case you’re curious, I never did see Chef Ito. I wonder what he would have said about my health if I did see him. More importantly, what do you think he would say about your health if he saw you?
The photo at the top of the page is courtesy of the Au Lac website.