I used to be a vegetarian after I read Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle (not Fast Food Nation, I don’t know why either…maybe I didn’t think it was as disturbing). Then one day, I wanted a burger and I haven’t looked back since.
But, I appreciate vegetarian food and was intrigued when I found out there was a great vegan restaurant in the Golden Triangle area called Java Green. Vraiment? I had to find out more.
- Food:Well, after looking at their very tasty looking menu, I ordered the “Chicken” Ramen in veggie broth with bean sprouts, carrots, scallions, broccoli, and soy chicken (left photo). Dear God I fell in love after the first slurp. The faux chicken had a smoky flavor and there was a lot of it! While I ordered the soup to go, when I opened the container, the broccoli still had a nice crunch. The flavors were perfect — you didn’t need to add anything else. However, I added a little hot sauce to give it a little kick. The soup smelled fantastic too and was a perfect, filling meal on a cold day in DC. Day 2 I ordered their special which was the Spicy Chicken Rice Bowl (middle photo). I have to be honest — the rice was bland and dry. The chicken was spicy (definitely a kick) and the noodles were good.
Update: I went back again and ordered their spicy noodle soup with ramen noodles. The soup has kimchi, bean sprouts, scallions, seaweed, and choice of noodles — ramen, udon, or soba. There’s also wheat and gluten free options kelp, yam, and rice noodle. It has a tiny kick (meaning not spicy), but it was delicious.
- Service: Polite and extremely efficient. You order on the left side of the bar, get a number and a little receipt, and the pay at the other side of the bar. Think Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi counter, make it a little longer, and you get the picture. Though they do not act anything like the Soup Nazi.
- Atmosphere:Not only the restaurant vegan, but it’s also eco-friendly.
- Attire: Casual
- Price: $
- Overall: If I could, I’d eat here all the time. Their soup was fantastic (I’d order the Spicy chicken but 86 the rice) and I can’t wait to go back. They have a great list of smoothies and other healthy drinks too. If there were more restaurants like this, I think I’d be vegan…well, maybe not…still not convinced? Since I started this blog, I’ve tried to eat at a new place and don’t want to go back to the same place if possible. I’ve been here twice. Yeah, that good.
- Address: 1020 19th Street NW; Washington, DC 20009
- Hours: Mon-Wed 8:30 AM-8:30 PM; Thurs-Fri 8:30 AM-9:00 PM; Sat 11:00 AM-6:00 PM; Sun closed
- Ph: 202-775-8899