By Lindsay Anderson
Special to The Post
Vegetarians and buffet-lovers!
Rejoice! Veggie Bunch has got yo’ back.
This is an inconspicuous little place, hiding just east of Brighouse Station in a less than obvious strip mall facing Buswell Road.
It’s modest and comfortable, with seating at the front and a buffet setup at the back, near the kitchen.
There’s a shelf where diners can collect their own plates and cutlery, a tea station, and prices range from $10.99 (lunch) to $12.99 (dinners, weekends, holidays), with kids’ meals (under 8 years) costing $6.99.
I settled myself in at a table, paid, grabbed a plate, and got down to the business of buffet-ing.
It wasn’t fancy food, but tasty and filling, and I especially liked the fried rice and sautéed greens. There were a number of deep-fried items on the menu, so if you’re totally afraid of deep-fried foods, this might not be your place.
Something else to note is that I saw just one ‘mock meat’ item, which was veggie sausage in with the braised daikon.
After I’d finished my meal and was sitting there, sipping tea, and wishing I had a bit of dessert, I watched as a man walked over to a freezer next to the plates/cutlery shelf and opened it up. He grabbed a bowl, and began to scoop ice cream!
Yes, Veggie Bunch also includes ice cream in their buffet, and I helped myself to a scoop of Neopolitan, a flavour which I believe I last consumed at the age of nine.
It was a nostalgic and sweet way to finish my meatless meal.
Veggie Bunch is an affordable, casual option for anyone, and an easy place to bring a family.
What better way to get a child to finish their dinner than the promise of an freezer full of ice cream?
Lindsay Anderson is dining out at 365 Richmond eateries in 365 days for Tourism Richmond. The Asian Pacific Post is featuring excerpts from her blog each week. See www.365daysofdining.com
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6611 Buswell, Richmond BC
All vegetarian options available