Respond to Review of Pure and Whole - JingAn
Review: Came here in a weekday afternoon for a late lunch. No problem finding a seat as the place was empty. Staff was friendly and spoke good English. They served typical western cafe food here: dips, rolls/wraps, salads, soups, a few simple main dishes, desserts and drinks. Menu was a bit ho-hum. They do use dairy and eggs, which are not clearly marked, so ask the staff if you're unsure. I ordered the lentil coconut soup and the jungle salad with falafel, both half-size. Was going to get a full-size soup but was suggested by the staff that it'd be too much for just one person. She was right; portions were pretty generous, good thing she advised me. However the food was mediocre at best. The soup was very different from what I had had in mind. I thought it'd be thick, chunky and loaded with lentils/veggies, but instead it was thin and only had lentils and coconut milk in it. Think cooked lentils in coconut milk broth, that was it. As much as I love everything coconut, I found it too rich after eating just half the bowl. It was quite salty as well. The salad was OK, although a little overdressed. The falafel patties lacked depth of flavor and strangely had an aftertaste of honey to it. Also the texture was too smooth and mushy. At the end I got a slice of raw apple cake as well. It was refreshing but more like a soft pudding/mousse rather than a cake. Granted, raw cakes tend to have a consistency like that but this one was way too squishy. It shouldn't be hard to tweak the ingredients to make it firmer. Place was very clean with a trendy decor. The booth seats, however, were too low for the table to be comfortable for dining (I have average height) and the beat-up seat cushions didn't help at all. The regular chairs should be better though as they seemed higher. Actually I had tried their food at a party they catered back when they just opened. I had the dips with flatbread, rolls and lentil burgers, none of which were impressive. This time around, nothing was bad, but nothing was truly good either. Seeing that it is one of the only two places (as far as I know) in town that serves all-vegetarian non-Chinese fare using real food ingredients free of any fake stuff, I do get its appeal and may probably return at some point to try something else.