May 28, 2010
“Mi Lah” comes from a Buddhist word denoting nature, harmony, happiness and kindness… expect to be treated genially, fed well, and be thanked by your friends for introducing them to one of Philly’s most under-the-radar restaurants. Mi Lah.
It’s the rare breed of vegetarian restaurant that can satisfy both your carnivore dining companions and veggie loving friends, but Mi Lah pulls it off. The food is locally sourced and seasonal, and the menu includes plenty of options to satisfy both parties
The Sunday vegan brunch is a good place to start. A beautiful plate of fresh fruit is complimentary with every meal. Mi Lah is a BYOB, so plan accordingly if you want to order the mimosa mix or sangria. Then challenge your palate with any of the wide-ranging food options. The creamy omelet, served with roasted-just-right red bliss and sweet potato home fries, plus toast, is made-to-order from a creamy egg-and-tofu base with your choice of wild or white mushrooms, American or Cheddar soy cheeses (can’t taste the difference!), spinach, tomatoes, red pepper, veggie sausage or veggie bacon.
The end result is a light concoction that satiates without giving you that about-to-pop feeling. The tofu Benedict is another popular option, served on a toasted English muffin with velvety hollandaise, kale and oven-roasted tomatoes. All the fresh vegetables give each dish the kick it needs. To satisfy a sweet tooth, go for the pancakes, made simply from soy, water and flour- it’s remarkable how cuisine that avoids the overdone pizazz in favor of clean classic flavors can often trump in taste. They’re served with garden-fresh blueberry butter, rich organic maple syrup, and strips of veggie bacon whose believably beefy taste belies their artificial appearance.
For a change of pace, try this alternative-style brunch in a convenient Center City location.
Mi Lah Vegetarian Restaurant
218 South 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102