Good News at New Violet’s Grill

Columns Veg'n Out

September 9, 2012

Story By: Terri Hefner | Photos by: Leah Friel

It’s important for non-meat eaters to ensure they get enough protein in their diet. Legumes are a good source, as are nuts. But the go-to protein source for many vegetarians is tofu. Incredibly versatile, tofu is enjoyed in myriad ways, from deep-fried to soft and creamy. And, if you’re a big fan of stir-fry, well, tofu totally fits the bill.

It may not be listed on the menu, but New Violet’s Cafe offers a Vegetable Tofu Stir-Fry ($8.95 a la carte; $13.95 for a complete meal with soup or salad, rice, drink and dessert) for vegetarians that features two types of cabbage, two varieties of onion, carrots and bean sprouts in a light, shoyu-based sauce. And, as an added bonus, there’s no extra charge to substitute brown rice for the white, as is often the case in at other establishments. According to owner Cindy Suihisa, all you have to do is let your server know that you are vegetarian, and New Violet’s Grill will ensure there is no meat or fish in your dish. It’s that easy.

The eatery also offers Vegetable Tempura ($6.95 a la carte; $11.95 for complete meal), with a dozen of the crisp, deep-fried delights: four pieces each of eggplant, string beans and carrots. Again, there’s no meat or fish involved in the recipe, so feel free to chow down.

New Violet’s Grill is an affordable, local-style Japanese and Okinawan restaurant that’s vegetarian friendly to boot.

And that’s good news.

New Violet’s Grill

1210 Dillingham Blvd., Kalihi
Open daily, 6 am.-10 p.m.
Bar open until 2 a.m.

Kapalama Shopping Center, Honolulu, HI 96817

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