Ocean View & Veggie Food: Ki's Restaurant

It's safe to say that I love food. Do you love food? I especially enjoy local, vegetarian cuisine. Ki's Restaurant* has been in business since 1980 & has grown tremendously over the years. Their two-story location in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California has a splendid ocean view.

ki's restaurant

ki's restaurant

My boyfriend, Fred, & I cruised in for a bite to eat. They have breakfast, lunch, & dinner menus depending on your arrival time. For lunch you order downstairs; dinner is full service. I drooled over the variety of vegetarian items. They literally had an entire vegetarian menu. Now that's what I'm talking about! The more options the merrier, that's what I always say.

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It's such a joy to have multiple foods to choose from instead of one boring veggie burger. Feel free to pick the upstairs seating options from the covered patio, indoor dining, & their balcony.  We chose the covered patio because the outside heat from the California summer sun was a bit too much to bear.

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Balcony 
ki's restaurant
Covered Patio
We ended up selecting the Spicy NomNam Bowl which includes lettuce leaf, rice noodles, basil, cucumber, pickled carrot & daikon, nut mix, cilantro, Thai peanut sauce, & Sriracha. You get the option of tempeh or tofu; I chose tofu. The NomNam Bowl has a medley of flavors with a spicy kick from the Sriracha & a nutty sweetness from the peanut sauce. The variety of textures & flavors leaves your mouth watering for more. It's a unique & powerful bowl unlike any I've had before. For $9.95 this is a remarkable deal. I highly recommend it!

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Next up on the taste test was the Roasted Tofu Sandwich with roasted tofu served on a seeded baguette with tomato, lettuce, & chipotle mayonnaise. The simple sandwich is vegan & absolutely glorious with the tofu twist. I enjoyed the firmness of the tofu. The sandwich satiates you & stays together. No sogginess here.

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The Roasted Tofu Sandwich came with one side. You could choose a cup of soup, garden salad, corn chips, beans & rice, or coleslaw. I chose the vegetable soup which is a family recipe from Ki herself. I was impressed to find out it includes 13 vegetables. It's kind of like minestrone but with a little bit more depth. I loved the hint of flavor from the dill. The sandwich & side retails at $10.95.

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As a drink, I ended up getting the Peach Ambrosia fruit smoothie. The smoothie is made from fresh orange juice, pineapple juice, peach, papaya, & banana. I liked the little chunks of papaya & the thickness. I got the large size which costs $5.50. The Peach Ambrosia is refreshing & rejuvenating.

ki's restaurant

Overall my experience at Ki's Restaurant was exemplary. They have scrumptious food & the pricing & size of everything is well worth the cost. I'd recommend anything that I tried, but most of all the Spicy NomNam Bowl. Both Fred & I were more than stuffed & took away a little doggy bag to go.

ki's restaurant
ki's restaurant

If you're ever in the Encinitas/Cardiff area please visit Ki's Restaurant. They have wonderful food, amazing service, & a fantastic view of the ocean. I know I'll be back! They have a terrific assortment of food, vegan, vegetarian, or not. How does the food look? Which of the items looks the best to you? :]

You may find Ki's Restaurant: 
2591 South Coast Highway 101
 Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007
(760) 436-5236 
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* Disclaimer: Everything was received complimentary from Ki's Restaurant in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% mine aka Carmen's. :]

52 comments

  1. Wow! Everything looks so fresh here, Thanks for sharing such a great place.

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  2. I love food! But on the other hand, who doesn't? The tofu sandwich looks amazing! My mouth is watering from all these pictures :)


    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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  3. Food looks delicious... Can I have some of these please :) ?

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  4. i love this, such a lovely post! hope you're having an amazing day :)

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  5. Yum! That sandwich looks delicious! x
    xMC
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  6. The food looks so delicious! Beautiful pictures :)

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  7. IT all looks delicious! Wonderful review!!!

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  8. So yummy! And the place def has a great atmosphere! xo

    Wishing you a fabulous week!
    Love, Suzy ( ˘ ³˘)♥

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  9. Yum, can I have some!? Looks so good! Hugs! www.monalisas.no

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  10. That Spicy NomNam Bowl looks amazing! And the menu looks so extensive! If I'm ever in that area I'll definitely have to stop there!
    ~Lili
    www.thefashionsalt.com

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    1. The NomNam bowl is my favorite! And that's just the vegetarian menu! :]

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  11. The food looks wonderful, but I'm smitten with the interior! It's so homey and fresh, I love it! And don't you just hate it when you only get one burger option to choose from? Ahh!

    May | THE MAYDEN

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    1. Homey indeed. Yes I definitely hate when I only get one choice from the whole menu. Ki's was refreshing. :]

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  12. The food looks yummy!
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  13. This looks so rustic! I love the decor and the food looks amazing :) thanks for sharing xx http://www.bauchlefashion.com

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  14. In answer to your question, yes I do love food, more than anything ;) This looks so so tasty, now I just need to fly out to California to try it!!

    Elle
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    xx

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  15. This place looks great! The food looks perfect and yummy♥♥

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  16. The Roasted Tofu Sandwich looks divine!!

    Stay fab,
    Lisa Favre
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  17. What a gorgeous place to grab some lunch! Your photos are seriously making my mouth water!

    Musings & More

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  18. I am not a vegetarian but that food looks amazing! The salad and soup especially.
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    Lyndsey
    www.labeau.co.uk

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    1. My boyfriend isn't vegetarian either but he loved everything. :]

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  19. That looks so delicious! I like how restuarants are now having such a wider variety of vegetarian food! Yours looks so good, I wish I lived in california to go there sometime!

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    1. Yes I'm very happy about having more vegetarian options. :]

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  20. Everything sounds delicious, especially the roasted tofu sandwich! I love food too :)

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  21. Wow with that view and good food,i wouldn't want to leave haha xoxo,Bing.

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  22. Food is the best thing to ever happen to me, and you have no idea how hungry this post just made haha! It looks so delicious, but I have to admit I'm a bit afraid of tofu?!

    Lauren
    http://oliverstwistblog.com

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    1. I understand Lauren. Tofu can be a little freaky. You just have to learn how to make it taste good. The sandwich is really excellent. :]

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  23. Everything looks so tasty. I especially crave that peach smoothie. I have never eaten a tofu sandwich but would love to eat one.

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    1. The tofu was really flavorful & the texture was firm. :]

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  24. Wooowww, I'm hungry now :D
    Everything looks so great hummm ;)

    Kisses
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  25. All of the food looks amazing and the restaurant looks lovely too! I have never been to a vegan/vegetarian restaurant but I think that I need to visit one soon ^-^

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

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    1. This wasn't a vegetarian restaurant they just have a lot of vegetarian options. They do have meat there. :]

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  26. Lovely pictures!
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath
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  27. The food looks amazing, especially the NomNam bowl :) xx

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  28. I'm not a vegetarian, but this place looks fab!

    xo, Liz
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  29. I'm not really a veggie type of person, but guess this kind is a good start. It's like eating vegetables with a twist :) The food looking so good!

    Lou | wander-soul.net

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  30. Hi Carmen! I love vegetarian food as much as you do! This place as well as the food looks great.... pity I don't live in California...

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  31. I'm not vegie but this food looks amazing! Also, look at those views!! So jealous..
    Sam x

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  32. I love the look of the fruit smoothie, so perfect for the warmer weather!

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