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by jesse

Review: Disclaimer: The food is super-tasty -- maybe the tastiest food I've ever had at a vegetarian restaurant. But it's not worth eating here for two reasons: grotesque prices, and utterly inadequate (read malnutricious) food. The food is Indian-themed, but don't let this put you off (I'm off Indian food which is generally over-spiced, over-oiled, protein deficient [unless you eat dairy], and often old and unclean) - because they know how to cook very very well. But here's what the €13 daily "menu" got me: First Course: a small bowl of delicious soup contains a few crunchy slivers of fresh coconut (delicious) and some boring bread; Second Course: a plate of yummy rice with a spoonful of excellent fresh coconut chutney; Third Course: little salad with scrumptious apple bits in the tastiest sauce I've ever had in my life (so good I wondered if it contained MSG - which I'm sure it didn't); Fourth Course: OH - there was no fourth course. That's it! A few spoonfuls of soup, some rice on a plate, and a mini-salad. Zero protein!! Sorry but I need some beans or tofu. So I ordered a piece of what might have been vegan cheesecake - it was okay. I went to pay and guess what! That little piece of cheesecake added another €6 to total €19 for a few morsels of malnutrition! I grimaced at the charge so the guy reduced the bill to €16.


Posted by Trina on Sunday, January 27, 2013
Sorry you had such a bad experience. In regards to the protein...our daily menu consists of soup (usually dhal or bean based) and rice which combine to make a complete protein. There are also other things on our menu that might have satisfied your intense protein need. Hope you'll give us another try.
Posted by jesse on Sunday, January 27, 2013
My "intense need for protein?" It is this kind of insinuation which characterises the patronising attitude of the workers and owner of your restaurant. This attitude, in turn, is a reflection of your unwillingness to budge in any direction which might improve your offerings.

Although my body is fairly muscular, and this may affect my stance on protein inclusion in food, it should be common knowledge to all that dahl is an inadequate protein source, and must be supplemented - as it is in India - with liberal helpings of dairy ingredients. As your company advertises the availability of vegan options as part of your menu, it behoves you to offer protein-balanced food. Otherwise you are not serving healthy or adequate dishes.

Perhaps your intense need for commerce is what is truly at issue here. In my experience, your prices would suggest the probability of such a hypothesis.
Posted by Trina on Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I apologize if I sounded patronizing. When next in Rome, please stop by and let us offer you lunch. All the best to you.
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