I’m not a vegetarian, nor will I ever be, but I will never pass up a chance for a delicious meal whether it be meat-laden or vegetarian. Gourmet Vegetarian may be a name that’s a little too far-stretched, since, though the dishes are very tasty, gourmet they definitely are not. The restaurant is clean and airy so it should appeal to everyone, even those who may have a problem eating at hole-in-the-wall joints. And if you’re one of those people who don’t like ‘fake’ meats, don’t fret, there are REAL vegetarian dishes to choose from. They have bitter melon with salted egg, ma po tofu without meat, both good! Lunch specials include white or brown rice or if you like porridge, the sweet potato porridge is also decent. I personally don’t have a problem with ‘fake’ meats and if you can get over that obstacle, I would highly recommend the salt and peppered ‘fish’ (pictured). It was simply outstanding! In fact, I’m salivating just thinking about it now. It had the texture of the real stuff but because it is a soy product, it will appeal to those of you who find the fishiness of a river fish offensive — which is what is traditionally used for the non-vegetarian version of this dish. Don’t let the word ‘vegetarian’ stop you from trying the deliciousness that this place offers up!
Gourmet Vegetarian, 140 W Valley Blvd #222, San Gabriel, CA 91776. Tel: 626-280-5998