Respond to Review of La Biotika
Review: I visited La Bio Tika today and thoroughly enjoyed it. As other reviewers have noted, the lunch menu has five parts: soup, salad, main plate (with three dishes), dessert, and tea. The waitress who seated me was very friendly and when she realized that my Spanish wasn't so hot, she translated all the words I didn't know and explained the menu. I felt very appreciative. Ultimately, I ordered the vegetable soup with tofu and potatoes, the standard macro salad, the macrobiotic plate (which had a vegetable and grain pilaf, curried cabbage, and white bean stew), carob tart, and kukicha tea. The soup and salad arrived first. The soup was unobjectionable, but bland -- more the sort of thing one would want to eat when sick. They'd used vegetable stock that erred a bit on the celery side and that was a little watery, and there were no vegetables, potatoes, or tofu to speak of -- only cabbage and a dark green. The salad, in contrast, was excellent, with crisp lettuce and little piles of grated carrot, finely chopped purple cabbage, and alfalfa sprouts topped with a yogurt-y dressing (though it was milk-free) with a little lemon. Very good. The main course came next and it was good, but not particularly outstanding. The vegetable and grain pilaf was mostly grain (bulgar and wild rice) with perhaps a few mushrooms (?) -- I couldn't really taste them though. It was more like eating rice. The curried cabbage was exactly what one would expect. It had curry and cumin in just the right amount...I'm just not a huge cabbage lover. The bean stew was the best of the three -- smokey like baked beans with soft cooked carrots. After the main course came the best part of the meal: dessert and tea. I ordered the carob tart, which dairy and sugar free. It was like banana bread (made with millet perhaps?) with carob topped with a really sweet carob icing. So. Good. I could have eaten three more! The kukicha tea that accompanied it was perfectly brewed so that it had a robust flavor but hadn't yet gotten bitter. It was almost maple-y (though not sweet). After that, I sat and read a bit, and, because it was late, the restaurant slowly emptied. The staff were so nice about it and said I could stay as long as I wanted. They gave me a free cup of tea and the whole family said goodbye to me as I left. It made me feel very uplifted and good. Definitely visit La Bio Tika!