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by sglcklch

Review: Never had I had such a divine vegan meal until I came to Vedge, and I have dined at various upscale vegan restaurants across the country. The menu was original and sophisticated; the food was thoughtfully prepared, beautifully executed, and exquisitely presented. As everybody noted, portions are small, but they are meant to be, so you can have fun putting together your own tasting menu. I much prefer this style because then I can try more dishes without the fear of ordering too much. Two of us went big and had 11 dishes (including two desserts). We left well sated, so I would say 4-5 items per person would be a decent amount of food. We picked the following... (cold plates) funky kimchi stew, sweet potato pâté, portabella carpaccio, salt roasted gold beets (hot plates) gochujang tofu, grilled maitake, eggplant braciole (dirt list) brussels sprouts, buffalo sunchokes (desserts) sticky toffee pudding, chocolate über chunk The food was truly spectacular. I enjoyed every single dish, maybe except for the sunchokes, which I found a bit underwhelming in comparison (my partner loved them though). Thinking back I would’ve gone for the widely raved fingerling potatoes instead. The stars of the evening were the beets, the braciole, and the sticky toffee pudding. The beets might sound a bit meh, but holy shiitake! The creative combination of ingredients and flavors was genuinely impressive. The braciole was an eggplant roll filled with finely processed cauliflower, then baked (grilled?) to give it a charred top. It was surprisingly sturdy and held up incredibly well. Absolutely delicious. The sticky toffee pudding was the most luscious and comforting dessert I’ve had in a long while. The cake was pleasantly dense; the crumb was kept moist thanks to the sauce. So ridiculously good! The setting was modern yet cozy. Service was prompt and attentive without being intrusive. Our waitress checked on us multiple times during our meal and kept our water glasses filled. We never had to wait to catch her attention for anything. Whenever we left the table, she would quickly come over and refold the napkins, which showed professionalism and added a fine dining touch to the semi-casual atmosphere. Our bill came to $138 pre tip with a glass of wine, which was on par with the cost of a multi-course tasting menu for two at a comparable establishment. It was worth every penny and very reasonable for the quality. Gah, too bad I don't live in Philly!


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