Grasslands: Just OK
Posted on 10 / 14 / 2013
I went to Grasslands last night with a group of 6: 1 vegan, 1 vegetarian, 1 gluten-intolerant person, 2 meat-eaters and one person who likes to eat veg/GF as a preference.
Grasslands has a very funky atmosphere. Dim lights, good music, multi-level, etc. Some of the servers have lots of tattoos, which to me adds to the interesting vibe, but I know some people are very turned off by that.
Servers were very friendly and knowledgeable. We were happy with the customer service.
We had 2 appetizers: a platter of pita, hummus, olive tapenade and lentil spread. It was very tasty and particularly great that they offered GF pitas. For the other appetizer we had the charceuterie board. It was pretty good, but incredibly overpriced. It came with a couple olives, a few small pieces of mock meat, some celery root, almond "cheese" and a few other sampler items.
As for the mains, there was not much to choose from and one of the mains (the "chicken") was unavailable that evening. As another reviewer mentioned, the mains all come with the same greens & root vegetable sides, so there is not a lot of variety. As well, you really have to like mock meat to enjoy most of the mains. The dishes containing tempeh were pretty good, and the 2 people who ordered the GF pasta were very happy with their dishes. But the roast was revolting. My husband is a meat-eater and said it is far from the real thing, whereas I am vegan and just found it squishy and disgusting. It looked and tasted like an old tire.
Finally, the dessert - there is just one on the menu and it is called "cookies and cream." We ordered one for the 6 of us (which was enough - one per person would have been too much). It came with 3 gingerbread cookies and some chocolate mousse, all of which tasted good but we had something different in mind based on the name of the dessert. I would have liked to order the mousse in a cup as its own dessert. It was very rich.
The bill came and the meal turned out to be surprisingly expensive - well over $200 for the 6 of us (2 appetizers, 6 mains, 1 dessert, and a few drinks). For groups of 8 there is a gratuity of 18% included on the bill.
On the whole, I will not rush back. I hate to say that because I love to support vegan restaurants, but the menu leaves something to be desired in terms of variety and price. But it is worth a trip just for the unique experience as it is unlike the other vegan restaurants in the city.
Cool vibe, Unusual dishes
Expensive, Small entree selection, mostly mock meat, Restaurant too hot