73 NE 167 Street / North Miami / 305.405.6346
Review by David Rolland of pablochiste.com
It's funny how vegan is still considered a bad word. I've been ensured by Hakin (the owner of Vegetarian Restaurant By Hakin) that every item at his restaurant is fully vegan, but like many establishemnts in South Florida it seems that using the five letter v word in his restaurant's title could scare off more prospective customers than it would bring in. Fortunately on a Thursday afternoon the restaurant had a nice crowd.
The erasable markerboard shows what's available on the ever-changing menu and behind the display case you can see what the day's dinner plate looks like as well as other items on the menu like the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich, the fruit pancakes or the veggie wrap. Don't let the exhibition fool you, the food is made to order and you will wait a bit for your food, but the servers are friendly and willing to talk the faults of the Miami Heat with you as you wait.
I was told Tuesday's barbecue rib plate is the dinner to get. But I still enjoyed Thursday's offering. For $8.95 I got some delicious faux meatballs, a slightly too salty fake beef stew, great lentils with a complimentary vegetable rice, and a fresh green salad with a homemade mango vinaigrette sauce.
For dessert I tried the tiramisu for $5.95. This was extremely rich, but left me a little unsatisfied as my previous foray in their $3.95 coconut cake had. The only flavor in each cake was excessive sweetness. They were pleasant enough, but I don't feel the need to order either item again on what I hope to be countless returns to this fine vegan restaurant.