Friday, May 8, 2009

West Covina's Best Kept Secret, One World Vegetarian Restaurant

Located in an unsuspecting location of West Covina behind Edwards Cinema is One World Vegetarian.

Now, for you carnivores don’t let the name fool you. In fact, their food will fool almost anyone. I was surprised to find that some of their dishes are created to resemble real meat like their famous Grilled Teriyaki Kabob, which looks like real beef teriyaki. But, you may be hesitant and ask someone if it tastes like real teriyaki, and the answer is invariably, YES.

When I came to the restaurant, it was packed. It was a beautiful day, so I sat outside. In the patio area is surrounded with plants, small trees, and a six foot high rock water fall. It was very enjoyable and relaxing. The waitress gave me peanuts as an appetizer and a menu. The menu is colorful with names like Secret Love (Grilled chicken stuffed with spinach served with slices of cucumber and tomato) and Infinite Love (Grilled veggie chicken covered with tomato sauce and veggie cheese served with steamed broccoli) or the Patriotic Royale which is a veggie steak marinated in their own barbecue sauce.

With dinner options like that, you might wonder how this food is prepared and it may even strike your curiosity as it did with me.

For an appetizer, I had a side salad with veggie ranch and the spring rolls. The spring rolls are prepared with veggie beef teriyaki, fresh mint, cucumbers, and vermicelli in a rice roll. Both were excellent.

When it came time to order the meal, I had a hard time deciding, because there is so much to choose from. Finally, I ordered the One World Grilled Teriyaki Kabob. It comes with veggie beef with teriyaki sauce on skewers, served with fresh steamed vegetables.

As I sat there, I watched people eat their meals. Everyone appeared to be enjoying their meals with smiles on their faces, and nodding with the look of acceptance of what they chose to eat. One woman in particular was eating a hamburger, and it looks fabulous. Next time I come, I’m ordering that.

My meal arrived and of course it was everything I had hoped. The kabob was delightful. I am amazed how good it was and it didn’t have the squishy tofu texture that I was afraid of. It felt, smelled, and tasted like real beef. Knowing that I was eating something healthier made it all worth while. The service was outstanding. The water was filtered, which is a plus.

They have all sorts of menu items from 20 different appetizers, eight different soups, and eight different salads all priced under $5.90. One World offers a variety of house specials and entrees, lunch specials, including One World’s sub sandwiches, burritos, tacos, and of course, deserts. The best thing is every meal is under $10.

If you would like to see the menu yourself, go to: One World Veggie

One more thing to add. If you find a server dumping water onto the plants; that is because they practice recycling by feeding the plants with customer’s left over water.

1 comment:

One World Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Thanks for the nice review! Please let us know next time you come in to dine at One World :)