I consider myself to be a pretty good vegan cook, so I am often deeply dissapointed in restaurant "vegan" meals. Imagine my elation when I sat down at my table at Calctus and opened the menu to read that all choices were available in vegan options!
I would have been happy to try any dish on the menu. That's a first for me. Every single dish appealed to me.
I drooled over the options and finally chose a simple cup of coffee, pakoras for a starter then an entrée of a falafel and hummus flute with a side garden salad.
The coffee arrived at my table freshly made a la espresso style: still steaming and foamy. I actually put the cup under my nose and inhaled deeply. The scent was perfection. The best cup of coffee I've ever had in a restaurant.
Shortly after my pakoras with prune chutney arrived. This was my first taste of pakoras, a snack of shredded veggies, dipped in a chickpea flour batter and deep-fried.
I had my first bite: so yummy! I admit, I was intimidated by the prune chutney. But I figured as long as I was trying pakoras for the first time, I should just give the chutney a little taste too. I am glad I did. It was the perfect accompaniment to the pakoras. Note: the pakoras were cooked immediately before serving, none of that pre-cooking of food here.
My entrée, the falafel and hummus flute was huge. I mean there was no way I could have eaten it all in one sitting even if I had forgone the appetizer.
The "Flutes" at Calactus are huge wraps: filled to the brim with the freshest ingredients. My falafel and hummus flute was served with the just cooked & crunchy falafel, cool veggies and the most amazing hummus.
The salad was a fresh combination of recently chopped veggies. This was not some bagged lettuce combination "salad" like one you'd receive from one of those national chains.
The atmosphere was beautiful: lightly coloured walls and artwork, happy music playing (perhaps Punjabi?), and every customer I observed had a smile on her or his face.
This meal was bar-none the best meal I have ever had in a restaurant.
Service was friendly and calm. They have obviously found the perfect people to work in this little piece of culinary heaven.
Herbivore, omnivore, I encourage you to stop by this friendly, casual restaurant which I'm sure will leave you completely fixated on your next trip to Moncton, NB.
quality, freshness & taste, wide selection, atmosphere