Edit: Second time around, enVie has really surprised me. The tofu burger was delectable and so was the cranberry cheesecake. I had a lovely time at the veggie meetup and enVie contributed greatly to that. Thank you!
Let me start off by saying, I need to be honest, that's just who I am. I wanted to like enVie very much. When I heard the announcement of a new vegan restaurant opening in Halifax, I was, of course, thrilled. I want all vegan businesses to succeed (unless they are dishonest and not really vegan ;) yes I have been there). Promoting a cruelty-free lifestyle is the most important thing to me. So I still wish all the best to the sweet couple that owns and runs this beautiful restaurant.
Now onto the dirty stuff. Walking into enVie, I was enveloped by the beautiful decor, the warm atmosphere and friendly staff. I spent much time oogling over the adorable animal photos lining the walls and the fresh flowers on each table. The small touches are what mean the most. The menu is small, I notice this with many vegan restaurants. I am assuming it's a time thing and since they are a small business just starting out, it makes sense. I wasn't overjoyed by the choices by have been very intrigued by the many pictures I had seen of the mushroom scallops, so I went for that. My husband went for the daily special of the vegan cheeseboard.
The service was prompt. Our food arrived quickly and was presented very nicely. I was extremely excited to try my food but was disappointed that it was a mostly raw dish. Cold kelp "noodles" and veggies. The only warm part were the scallops, which I really loved. I did not, however, enjoy my kelp "noodles" which were a large portion of the dish. I wish I did, I really do but they just were not my taste. The texture was extremely unsettling and they also were not very flavorful. I was truly hoping for a hot meal on this cold rainy day. My husband did not mind the cheeseboard but found the portion size lacking for the price. Unfortunately, the cost is the kicker for both of us.
It's with a sad heart I have to say, I was not highly fond of the food at enVie. I still hope for the best for them and maybe I will be back to try some of the strawberry shortcake someday. :-)
Updated from previous review on Tuesday August 13, 2013
Cons: Pricey , Small portions