Respond to Review of CLOSED: Food Garden Vegetarian Cafe
Review: It was lunchtime after a light early breakfast, so I had to check out this bright tastily decorated and comfy cafe (it was I think close to 30C outside but coolly air-conditioned inside), and I had a small bowl of 3 delicious salads (garden with flower petals, wild brown rice and chickpeas - ideal for starters), then a soup of the day - good proper home-style hearty tomato soup with leafy veggies, then a burger with sunflower and tofu "mince" patty (their own creation, not a generic stuff in "veggie" burgers elsewhere), tasty vegan aioli and vegan cashew cheese (I asked specifically for the "cheese" to be put on as I saw it on the menu board in other options - never tried it before and it was very interesting and yum!) followed by dandelion coffee (my first try as well and an interesting taste too that grew on me with each sip) with a vegan blueberry muffin of very nice light crusty texture with dairyfree spread on the side to smooth it over, rounded up by 2 mango-banana-berry smoothies in elaborately shaped glasses. What more can you wish for? Not 100% vegan, but I was spoiled for choice with so many things vegan, and vegetarians will be overjoyed (I was tempted myself by some rather enticingly looking sweet pastries). Don't miss Tauranga if travelling through Central North Island, a large port city where Mr. Rudd from AC/DC lives (skip his restaurant though, as it serves steak) about an hour and half from Hamilton and just 1 hour from Rotorua (which most tourists put on their itinerary).