Really wanted to like it
Posted on 02 / 13 / 2015
First off, this is certainly not the only restaurant in town that offers a separate veggie menu. They may have the widest selection, but I always prefer quality over quantity. And that's the thing—food here was middling at best, and it could turn out very wrong depending on what you order.
We ordered the lentil croquettes and soy-wheat kibbeh for starters (thinking back, why getting two things so similar is completely beyond me). The croquettes were edible, nothing to write home about, but I strongly suspected that they might have slipped a regular meat kibbeh into our order. The one I had reeked of meat, tasted horrible, and even had some pink bits in it that resembled ground beef; the one my partner had smelled and looked neutral. I didn't confront them at the time as I already ate it, so I'm just going to give them the benefit of the doubt here. For entrée, I got the paella because it appeared to be the safest option. Again, it was just alright, a tad too sweet. Portion was huge if that's your thing. My partner got a crêpe—basically a half-folded, stuffed tortilla smothered in tomato sauce—that, according to him, was pretty awful. I could see the execution was sloppy; it looked to me like something that came out of a college dorm kitchen. The tomato sauce tasted like straight up canned sauce with no depth or seasoning whatsoever.
On top of the poor food quality, the atmosphere felt dead. Wait staff acted inexplicably formal and a little uneasy. I could tell they were trying very hard, but it just didn't work. Only saving grace was the clean and classy-ish setting—as long as you don't sit on the chair that is. The seat was too soft and low, and the table mat was so rough that it kept digging into my arms.
I can't help but think that their only selling point is the seemingly extensive veggie options and that they're open for dinner. I bet most people that come here are veg*ns or have one in the party. Seriously, you will find plenty of other restaurants willing to cater to us. All you need to do is look around and ask. If you for some odd reason really want to try this place out, don't order anything else other than the paella. You've been warned.
sterile atmosphere, meh food