If the notion of a vegan meal makes you cringe, a dinner at Mai Nguyen's Au Lac might very well change your mind, especially if you are a fan of Vietnamese, Chinese or Japanese food.
Co-chef Ito actually calls his cuisine "Humanese" because he wishes to break down boundaries between people — "we are all merely and wonderfully human." We think their delicious food will make it an easy transition for carnivores to enjoy a vegan meal. Ito is at the helm of the separate raw food kitchen for those already converted to a plant-based diet who want to take it to the next step.
We were surprised to see a bar when we entered this "healthy," attractive storefront restaurant and saw several young people sitting on stools, tossing back a few. On closer perusal, however, we observed that the bottles lining the back wall of the bar were not booze but supplements and juices. Unsurprisingly, no alcohol is served here; however, you can get elixirs, shots and drinks like Love Juice with frankincense, screw pine, sweet grass and cayenne pepper drops or a marga rita-rita with cultured coconut water, Himalayan salt, kombucha gold and lime.