This is my second visit to Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin. This time I did meet the tall man himself and 2 others there and of course had another wonderful meal and great conversation with the staff and other diners. The website still isn't up but there is a little more here: http://www.ingaambrosia.com/hakin/index.html
The menu is on a dry erase board and I knew walking in that I wanted a green drink and a chicken or beef pie. The entree was up in the air but last time I had a delicious Philly Cheese Steak and that thought was starting to make my mouth water.
First we had a taste of the Ackee. Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica and is commonly served in a dish called Ackee and Saltcod. I found the flavor interesting and to tell you the truth I would have to taste it again to describe the flavor accurately. The consistency was a bit gelatinous, not unpleasant but not a "meaty" feel. Since this was a week ago the flavor profile has faded but I remember it being worth another taste.
|I shared half and this was after my first bite. Why can't every bakery serve a vegan dish like this?|
The Chicken pie was wonderful. The crust is very flaky and encases a soft and pulpy delicious interior. There are bites of corn and peas mixed in with a ground up chickenish mixture. It doesn't have a very overpowering or strong leaning of flavor in one direction or another but I found it delicious. My friend was less impressed with this than the ackee.
|Opened for display, this is half a sandwich. Yes, I again forgot to take a picture before chowing down but realized half way through. This is one of the best Vegan Philly Cheese Steaks made.|
I believe that more than 50% of a sandwich is the bread. This is a perfect french bread that has a moist and absorbent crumb and a very crispy crust. The sandwich itself is made of almost a "pulled" soy protein in a rich gravy with onions and peppers. It has and incredible mouthfeel and although I haven't had a real Philly Cheese Steak sandwich in about a hundred years I would put this up against the real thing in a heartbeat.
My buddy had the White Monkey to drink which was Mango, Banana, and Soy milk. It was delicous, smooth and creamy. I had the Go Green! It was green apples, celery, cucumber and wheatgrass. It was exactly what I needed but was a rather watery drink. The apples added a bit of sweetness to the wheatgrass bitterness but I think something to thicken it up would have ratcheted it a bit.
The other pilot with me said he totally enjoyed his tofu scramble sandwich which came on the same french bread and that he would definitely go back, even if I wasn't with him. Now that's an endorsement from a staunch omnivore.
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