Posted on 08 / 16 / 2010
The menu is surprisingly extensive, with appetizers, soups, entrees, sandwiches and noodles (sandwiches are available only for the lunch menu). I've tried the Veggie Nori Wrap and the Nut Cheese and Cracker Platter both of which turned out to be superb. The home-made dehydrated crackers were a touch spicy and peppery, and the soft heapings of nut cheese were tangy and fresh - a real winner! Likewise the nori wraps were beautiful in presentation and very tasty too.
For entrees, I've had the butternut squash fettucini noodles with cashew cream sauce, which looked delightful on the plate - ribbons of curled shavings of golden-orange squash, enrobed in a pale silken cashew cream sauce which was very good and plentiful and the wide noodles proved an excellent vehicle for sauce delivery! I've also enjoyed the zucchini and summer squash 'angel hair noodles' with a pesto sauce which is a really delicious dish!
For dessert, there are 6 or 8 items and I've tried the raspberry coconut cheesecake and also the dark chocolate cherry brownie a la mode. And they were the highlight of the meal - absolutely excellent! Both plates had beautiful presentation with very enjoyable attention to detail. Each bite of the cheesecake was smooth and creamy, and the swirl of sweet raspberry in the main body of the cheesecake accented the mild coconut flavour. The sweet almond crust was wafer thin yet held together nicely. The cherry brownie had a gorgeous chewy texture and was studded with cherry pieces. Not too sweet, it sported a crown of coconut milk-based ice cream with a creamy, luscious consistency.
Although I did not leave room for an after dinner tea, Karma does offer a lengthy list of artisanal brews in all shades - black, green, white, red. They also have a line in herbal blends from Camomile to Fairytale to Chai to 'Persephone's Tea' - dandelion root, burdock root, Oregon grape root, yellow dock root, eleuthero root and milk thistle seed.
The service was excellent too - casual but very friendly and comfortable and our server was very quick to point out clearly that this was a raw vegan restaurant, so no-one could claim ignorance. Which we really appreciated because we like to know what we're getting into. The prices were very reasonable, with entrees ranging from $8 to $15, but skewed to the lower end. It's definitely worth a visit - I'll be going again for sure!
delicious food, great value, very friendly staff