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Although eating is not the only important part of the Dean Ornish
program, participants often complain of the difficulty in finding
restaurants that will cater to their special needs.
This site will try to present a few restaurants able and willing to
serve a number of vegan dishes which are very low in fat and which they
will cook with no added oil. Some of these are in themselves outstanding
places to eat, even for non-vegetarians.
The page will be a
work-in-progress and welcomes the names of additional restaurants as
well as comments by our readers. Please be sure to send us your
discoveries at: webmaster
We will also offer suggestions on ordering food when you travel or eat
out. This section begins below:
Vegetarian, Japanese and Chinese Cuisne"
While they also serve fish dishes, including sushi, they prepare some
excellent vegetarian mock seafood, poultry and meat dishes.
Be sure to tell them you want everything PREPARED WITHOUT OIL. They do
make mistakes, but Joey, owner, manager and chief chef, does
understand and can make incredible fat-free meals.
1750 White Horse Plaza
Mercerville Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619
Indian Cuisine, but
with a difference. Always reduced fat content, Suchitra Patel, owner,
a dietician and chef, can prepare very low fat dishes.
For this special request she does need some advance warning. (We
suggest you call Mrs. Patel at 921-0500.)
15 Chambers Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
Excellent Indian food.
Some of their dishes can be virtually oil-free. Some cannot. Some of
their staff understand the requirements and they can provide food with
no added oil. But you have to be sure not to choose deep-fat friend
dishes, and you must stick to the chappathi, a whole wheat bread that
has no added oil.
My favorite dish is the
vegetarian Thali Maharani. Specify again, no oil.
See their web
3391 Route 27←
Franklin Town Center -- a mall
Personally ask Karen to prepare your food (1) with no meat or fish,
(2) no oil!, (3) no fried foods. Request soft tofu (not deep fat
fried), and ask for her brown rice.
Her staff do make
mistakes. If Karen is there, feel free to tell her that
"Henry" says she should be sure the food is really oil-free.
All of the vegetable
selections are good. I like her Moo-Shu Vegetables. The Mushroom Feast
and Karen's Garden Special are outsdtanding.
36 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542
609-683-1968 and 609-683-0820
Magic Moon Cafe
Rick Batlan writes to
suggest the Magic Moon restaurant on Main Street in Pennington. They
will prepare vegan meals without added oils or fats on request. The
head chef and owner, Andria, is familiar with the Ornish diet, so a
"vegan-Ornish" request is understood by her, although
possibly not by the waiter/waitress. And Andria likes making these
The cuisine is an eclectic Southwestern style and the vegan specials
are always very good. You can ask for your meal to be prepared as
spicy as you like, but I think its best to let the chef decide exactly
what to prepare, especially since these are special preparations for
her. If going as a group of people to order these Ornish meals, it
might be good to call ahead to let them know that these requests are
coming. That's probably not necessary, but it might prevent a
Prices are reasonable. Dinners have cost from $10-$14, which spans the
price range of their regular menu.
They are open for lunch, Tuesday through Friday, 11:30-2:30, and
dinner Thursday, 5:30-9:00 and both Friday, and Saturday, 5:30-10:00.
9 Main Street
Pennington, NJ 08534
This is just a start.
More recommendations will be posted soon. Please submit the names of
restaurants you have found which can cook by following the guidelines
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