Respond to Review of Cafe Blossom - Upper West Side
Review: I liked Cafe Blossom, but thinking about the food, I'm not sure why. Maybe it's just so great to be in a nice vegan restaurant (can someone open one in Boston?!) We started with the Crostini Tapas, very good and tasty. I had Seitan cutlet in "roasted tomato basil sauce" that really tasted like canned tomato soup--the cheap kind. The sides and the cutlet were great though. My husband had the seitan scallopini which he loved. My son had the mushroom pesto pasta, which came with a bunch of onions (not listed on the menu) which he can't eat, so had to send it back. His new one was just strange, very little pasta and a ton of sauce. It was good he said, but too much. We actually took it home and later mixed it with a bunch more pasta and he loved it. He then had a lovely chocolate/avocado torte/cake? It sounds odd, but the avocado adds gorgeous texture. It was great. The service was really nice and friendly. No attitude at all. The portions were definitely good size, but no way they are $10-15 unless you get a veggie burger. I got the sense that the food is better than we happened to get that night. Updated from previous review on Wednesday April 23, 2008 We returned to Cafe Blossom because we had to pick up tickets for Shakespeare in the Park a few blocks away, then head back for the play later. My husband got fried green tomatos which came on some naked salad greens. He really enjoyed them. I had cold green pea/mint soup. Neither flavor dominated and it just wasn't very good. The big fail was that just as he had finished his app, and I was still eating my soup, someone came over to the table holding our big dinner plates. We looked at him, like what do you want us to do?? He awkwardly put my husband's plate down and took the app plate and I said, can you just give me 30 seconds to finish my soup and bring my dinner back? He put the plate under a warming light and disappeared. So I sat there waiting. Finally we got someone's attention and I got my dinner: Bacon Cheeseburger and really greasy soggy fries. I called the waitress over and she didn't seem to know what to do, except point out that they "are fried" in response to my complaint that they were extremely greasy. But she brought out a plate of hot fries, which were OK. The burger is good, if on a bun that is a bit oversized. The Butterfinger shake and chocolate cake were outstanding. Still, too many problems and better vegan options, so we'll pass on this place from now on.