April 30, 2008

Paymon's Mediterranean Cafe

Here it is folks: the restaurant by which all others in Vegas are measured: Paymon's Mediterranean Cafe!

It's hard to find anything negative to say about a restaurant that claims on it's menu to have close to 30 vegetarian dishes. Wow! That's impressive, but is it true? Yup. Just count the items on the menu and you'll find 28 not including desserts. A favorite meal for us is: a large hummus & pita, tabouli salad, vegetarian dolmas and for Matt, the Lentil soupl. Tonight, I ordered the vegetable kabobs - one of my favorites at Paymon's - which come with a side of hummus & pita. It's hard to make a visit to Paymon's without partaking in their wonderfully smooth & creamy hummus and homemade pita. Often, we order the Combination Plate, hold the bourrani & add extra falafel or dolmas.

-=IMPORTANT=- we discovered that the Lentil soup is not vegetarian: it is made with chicken broth. As far as our server knew, all of the soups on the menu are made with a "meat" broth.

What I find the most exciting about dining at Paymon's is the waitstaff's ability to recognize dietary needs. It is one of the only places I've dined where they don't question requests to remove ingredients (like dairy) or give an opinion like "that won't taste very good without the cheese" like at some other places. Order some Athens Fries and hold the "dipping sauce" - they're divine! Even Andrew, the pickiest eater on the planet, loves them.

Read the menu very closely & you'll find some very sensitive & heartening lines such as:
Certified Angus Beef ® always in bold to avoid surprises.

Please ask for a Supervisor for all allergy related questions. Don't bother! Your waiter is probably going to be knowledgeable enough to accommodate your needs.

Our Vermicelli Pilaf contains toasted Pine nuts

*All sauteed and fried items are cooked in Canola Oil and/or Olive Oil (0 Trans Fats)

We also offer upon request, White Balsamic Vinaigrette as an alternative to any of our dressings. Eliminates the need for vegans to feel trapped into dry salad as an alternative to creamy dressings. Yeah, that's happened to me before...

It's not just a pleasure to dine somewhere with so many options, but where the servers & staff are so sensitive & knowledgeable when it comes to dietary needs. This restaurant is truly the standard by which all others are measured.

Visit Paymon's at their two locations for dine-in, take-out, late-night and children's dining :

4147 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 731-6030

8380 W. Sahara
Las Vegas, NV 89117
(702) 731-6030



ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Yay for another vegan blog I can visit :o). I’ve never been to Vegas, but my parents went last year and absolutely loved it (now they want to take my sister and me). I did hear that there’s a doughnut shop in Vegas that has vegan doughnuts… is that true?

greentangle said...

Check it out: a survey and coming store.


bazu said...

That does sound like the perfect restaurant! I need an excuse for a visit out West...

Lisa J. said...

We're actually going back to Paymon's on Saturday after a trip to see Indiana Jones 4. We visit Paymon's literally 2 or 3 times a month!

I just checked out the Las Vegan shop web-site & survey - it's funny that you knew about this site & I didn't! I'll be watching it closely.

And I'll also check into the vegan donuts! I haven't had a donut in years....

And Bazu, here's an excuse to NOT come during the summer: THE HEAT! But... the other 9 months out of the year are amazing, so plan a fun fall or spring trip, or a blustery winter visit (dress warm!)