Last weekend I checked out a new restaurant in Chicago, Urban Vegan Thai Cuisine. I first heard about it on Facebook and then three non-vegan friends sent me emails about it. I almost felt obligated to eat there right away! No, not really. Actually, my boyfriend and I fell into a restaurant-rut, so I made a list of restaurants to try. Urban Vegan topped the list since I haven’t had Thai food in ages.
Urban Vegan is a small joint on Montrose just West of Ashland. It only seats about 16 people. A friend warned me about the wait. He drove by it the previous weekend and saw people waiting outside on the sidewalk. We arrived about 6:30 and waited 20 minutes or so for a table. The wait proved worth it.
The restaurant boasts a large all-vegan menu full of mostly Thai food, but you will notice a few American items thrown in like french fries and veggie burgers. Bill and I ordered dinner combinations which included an entrée with choice of tofu, soy chicken, seitan, pepper steak or soy fish, side green salad, two mini spring rolls, brown rice and soup — a lot of food for $11.95 each. I enjoyed the green curry dish which described as medium spicy on the menu, which is an accurate description. It was delicious but give me anything made with coconut milk and I would like it. I opted for soy chicken in my curry and it was the right choice. I wasn’t expecting the spring rolls to be fried but they were, so you could say they were just like “egg” rolls except vegan. The miso soup was a little bland but everything else made up for it. Bill ordered the Lentil Loaf. He was surprised by the texture. It was a bit soft inside, but the flavor was a-okay.
The next day I enjoyed leftover green curry and rice for dinner. Just as good the second time around. I can’t wait to go back and try some other dishes like the Pad Thai or Red Curry. Urban Vegan offers take-out and delivery options, so don’t let the crowd stop you. Check it out and support local vegan businesses.
Urban Vegan Thai Cuisine
1605 West Montrose Avenue
Chicago IL 60613