|The back room of John's|
I forgot which beers were vegan and so did the waiter but came back in less than a minute with the answer and I started my evening with a Peroni. I haven't had a decent Eggplant Parmigiana in a restaurant pretty much since I started eating a vegan diet. It's either dipped in egg or milk or there's cheese in the breading so with John's vegan offering in front of me I saw this as an offer I couldn't refuse.
The only snafu was that the waiter put my tablemate's Seitan Parm in front of me and my Eggplant Parm in front of her and we both delved in for a few bites before we realized we didn't get what we ordered. After a plate swap all was set right at our vegan table. I never thought to ask if she had ordered the real cheese or Daiya. This omission on my part is just another example of however hard we try, when eating in a non 100% vegan restaurant there is always room for error. (Click here for my rules for eating vegan in a non-vegan restaurant).
|Eggplant Parm disguised to look like Seitan Parm. No wait, it IS Seitan Parm!|
My eggplant parm was like going home again culinarily. I love eggplant and although the texture of the dish could have been improved slightly by a bit of crisp on the eggplant, from a flavor standpoint it hit the mark dead center. If you like Daiya, and I do, this dish can be described as a creamy soft, (very soft), meld of all the flavors.
|Eggplant Parm lost it's way on the table but finally, a few bites lighter, comes home.|
|Eggplant Parm a bit closer.|
|Cheese-less delicious cannoli|