Monday, July 29, 2013

Bodhi Bowl

After seeing numerous mentions of this restaurant from vegan friends on Facebook, I finally took the hint a couple of weeks ago and went to Bodhi Bowl in South Sacramento for lunch. The cuisine at Bodhi Bowl is vegetarian Vietnamese, and almost all of the dishes served there are vegan. According to their website, "Bodhi" is a Sanskrit word meaning "awakened" or "enlightened," and you'll find that most of the dishes have names evoking that sentiment.

I ordered the Awakening Rolls appetizer, crispy spring rolls with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce. What can I say? I'm a sucker for anything deep-fried, and it's always a treat to order fried food in a restaurant where I don't have to worry about what else may have been fried in the same oil. While all of the appetizers at Bodhi Bowl are vegan, there are two you'll want to avoid because the dipping sauces served with them are not vegan: the Mandala Pate and the Six Perfections.

For my main course, I had the Seven Treasures, a stir-fry of tofu, bell pepper, celery, and pineapple, served over rice. It was tasty and the vegetables were very fresh, but I could have done with a bit less celery.

Bodhi Bowl is located at 6511 Savings Place, Suite 100, near the corner of Stockton Boulevard and 65th Street. Their phone number is 916-428-4160, and their website address is They also have a Facebook page, which can be found at The restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., and they are closed on Mondays.

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