What a great place. My stepmom is gluten intolerant, my dad wanted a great salad, my wife a staunch carnivore and me being near veganesque with a vegetarian daughter, we did have some diverse needs and all were met. I was also, after 4 days, so tired of veggieburgers and trying to veganize ingredients on touristy restaurants. Being inundated with fried clams.
I ate at this place two years ago and every one seemed to be happy and I figured it was time for a nice meal of a higher quality. It served all of our needs and everyone was actually happy with their fare.
We had a miso/mung bean soup which I thought was lentil at first taste. It was seasoned just right with a nice earthiness to it. 2 other apps were Tempeh Spring Rolls with soy dipping sauce and Samosas with a chili dipping sauce. The samosas had a nice peppery taste that overwhelmed my mom and was just a bit over the line for my dad. We three like it.
The Spring Rolls were good but I didn't really get a tempeh sensation.
My dad said his Greek Salad was excellent and had to be persuaded to take half of it home. He wondered out loud how chefs know exactly how much of each ingredient to put into a salad to create that perfect balance. They're chefs dad.
We wont go into the 4 salmon dishes but everyone was happy with the mustard glazed or plainly seasoned dishes...as ordered.
I tasted the mashed potatoes which were half sweet potato, garlic, salt and pepper and no dairy. Incredibly creamy but not totally pureed so it had a bit of texture.
My Thai Coconut Tempeh was a wonderful mix of flavors. It was served over Jasmine rice, contained bok choy, carrots, broccoli and softened triangles of flavored tempeh. A squeeze of lime added a nice freshness to the dish. The sauce was a coconut milk based broth. Great dish. I added Sirracha and it kicked.
I'm still getting my head around taking a picture of my food before I start, (or finish), eating so here's a real life example of that. Glad I had SOMETHING to take a picture of!
The salad, which I usually don't mention, was mixed greens, crisp, refreshing, with a dill vinaigrette. I think there might have been some tarragon in there. What a wonderful change from Old Orchard Beach fare.
Desserts were heavenly. I had a piece of non vegan Chili Chocolate Cake just because I think I can veganize it and chili and chocolate have always been an interest of mine. The vegan chocolate coconut mousse was thick and chocolaty. I wasn't too impressed with the coconut on top. You had to chew and chew and finally got a hint of coconut.
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