Thank you so much for all the kind comments on my last post. You guys are all so sweet! Today I’d like to share my experience at this vegetarian restaurant with you called Padmanadi. You can view the menu and find out more about this family owned restaurant by clicking the link.
It’s not a very big restaurant but with all the tables full at 6:30 already there was still ample space for the waiters/waitresses to maneuver their way swiftly around each table. I like that it’s well-lit too. I’m not a big fan of dim restaurants.
For our first dish we ordered the Roti Canal (Crispy Pancake) – grilled Indonesian bread served with curry sauce.
This was like Chinese onion cake, minus the oil and onions. It was grilled to perfection as it came out still smoking hot with the perfect crispness. I thought the curry sauce was a bomb though. No, not “the bomb”, a bomb. I didn’t even know it was curry sauce until I looked at the menu again. It was a bit on the sweet side for me, not enough curry flavor, and too runny.
Next came our soup. Veggie Sharkfin with Corn in Soup.
This was a disappointment for me. It was basically canned cream corn with an egg added and some noodles to imitate the sharkfin. If you’ve had sharkfin before you’ll know I’m talking about those clear translucent noodles.
Next we wanted to order their Veggie Curry Chicken with Potatoes but they didn’t have that so they substituted with this dish. I don’t know the exact name of it on the menu but it was another curry chicken dish.
This curry was much better than the one that came with the crispy pancake. It was thicker, spicier, and actually had great curry taste. Now if only they would’ve done that with the other curry sauce. The mock chicken meat almost tasted like real chicken. It even looked like real chicken.
Next was the PADMANADI Mushroom Deluxe – six different kinds of mushrooms with vegetables.
When this dish came out it immediately caught my attention with it’s presentation. I’m happy to say it tasted as good as it looked. Kayla and I both love mushrooms and loved this dish.
Moving on, we had Stuffed Tofu – deep fried tofu stuffed with veggie ham served with oyster mushroom sauce.
Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the inside for you. I’m such a bad food blogger. Two thumbs up for me on this dish. You’d think the deep fried tofu would be oily, but that was not the case at all. It had perfectly crispy skin, not chewy like those ones you have at dim sum, while the inside was soft and smooth like tofu should be. The sauce added great flavor to the dish as well.
Our last dish of the night was their Celery Eggplant with Black Bean Sauce.
I’m not a huge fan of celery so I was very pleased to see that there were none in this dish, not big chunks of it at least. For the most part it was all big chunks of eggplants (which I love). I’m assuming those little green flakes were the celery? The black bean sauce was delicious but a bit on the oily side.
We were too full to order dessert. All in all, I would give this restaurant an 8 out of 10. The service wasn’t great but it wasn’t lacking either. We didn’t need to wait too long for our table. Most of our dishes were delicious and came out steaming hot (I hate it when my food is just warm). Once the first dish came out, the rest followed at a good pace. The atmosphere was light and welcoming with pictures of guests posted on most of the walls making everyone feel welcomed. So where did it lose points? Well each dish was about $10 but I found the dishes to be rather small in size compared to dishes you order at a regular Chinese restaurant. Part of the reason why we didn’t order dessert was because they didn’t have a dessert menu. The waiter had to describe each dessert to us. So for those reasons they didn’t score a perfect 10 in my books. With that said, I would still go back.
Do you like vegetarian food? Could you live without meat?
10626-97st Edmonton, Alberta
phone: (780) 428 – 8899
Tues-Sun: 4pm – 10pm
Before I leave I’d like to share this picture with you. I found this while looking for all the pictures above. What was I doing? Trying to make sure I was included in the action. It gets lonely at the back of an eight seater mini van. This was in Vancouver while visiting my in-laws.
Also, some of you foodies were asking about the Hello Kitty cake pops I talked about in my previous post so I tried to get my friend to do a guest post on here but she said she couldn’t take credit as she got the recipe off a blog. Here’s the link if you guys are interested.
Well that’s it for now. Hope you all have a wonderful long weekend! Until next time friends and family :-D.