It’s hard to believe, I know, but sometimes when we travel into the city for shopping and a vegan meal we strayed away from Loving Hut Vegan Restaurant. Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant is technically a vegetarian restaurant but it’s a walk in the park to eat as a vegan. In fact, the menu does have pages full of options that can either be turned vegan or is already fully vegan.
The restaurant is a bit hard to get into since one has to park in the back parking lot that is technically a hill. Please remember to use your parking break. Maybe it was just when we were there during lunch time but when we walked in its a bit confusing find on whether we should seat ourselves or wait for someone. Wait staff does seat you so feel free to wait until someone comes to help you find a seat, it just may take a few minutes. Thankfully the service is much faster once you are seated in a booth or table. There is ample seating so I doubt anyone would have to wait at the door for much time- bonus in the D.C. area. Additionally the food comes alarmingly fast, almost within 5 minutes.
Just in order to get a good idea of the food quality and quantity, we ordered a few different things to get a good impression. Hungry Husband was only happy enough to assist in critiquing the food for all of you. We had a few appetizers that I did not manage to photograph for some reason but I did manage to get the free miso soup and the main dishes. All ingredients were to be fresh and of the highest quality.
Our one visit, unfortunately, was not the best experience. Just on appearance alone, the restaurant seemed to be a bit unkempt and disorderly. Not that the establishment was trashed but it did give off the feeling of not being deep-cleaned for ages, if ever. Again, not that it was not clean it just seemed like a little the basics were covered but only for appearance and one only can wonder the conditions of the kitchen. On a plus note, the wait staff was more than courteous and helpful in bringing out a new plate of food when the numbers from the menu were confused upon ordering. Yes, there are so many menu items that numbers are required to order- similar to a fast-food Chinese restaurant.
As per the food, well, fresh is questionable. Normally I am a positive thinker but the food was brought to the table mighty fast and the food looked a bit like the restaurant, untidy. The sauces tasted straight out of a can and none of the plates had flavor that was recognizable. In fact we did have to ask the waiter what was in some of the dishes because we had no clue even after looking over the menu for the second time. We did enjoy the miso soup and the mystery side dish for the sandwich. For the other ingredients, we would rather pass and bring a sack lunch to save money and have more flavors.
There were not a lot of people in the restaurant even though it was just after noon on a Friday afternoon. A few others were in the restaurant but most looked like they were not regulars either which brings to question the retention of patrons. Again though, this could be just our opinion and maybe it was a bad day for the restaurant staff. While we will not go back, it may be to someone else’s’ interests. We do find ourselves appreciating a lot of spices and flavor in our meals but that is not for everyone. So, if you find yourself in the area and looking for something more on the calm side for taste, you might give it a try. If you do, let me know what your opinion – I’d love to hear that it was much better than our visit since it would be wonderful for more options.
Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant (Falls Church)
6304 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22044
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
Mon-Sat 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 noon – 10:00 pm
TEL: (703) 237-3888
*Please note I was not paid for this review and paid for everything 100%. This is only my personal opinion for whatever that is worth.