Welcome addition . . . .
Posted on 01 / 09 / 2014
RK can be a little difficult to find--if you ask a local, ask for directions to the well-known "Daily Planet" since RK is right next door.
Onto the food . . . it was good and I am glad we made the trip. The menu changes often. We had five or six appetizers and five or six entrees to choose from. We ordered the "nachos" and had to order another plate as everyone was fighting over them. Black beans on a bed of lettuce surrounded by five or six pan fried wontons filled with guacamole. I had read here about the tacos and wanted to try them, so we also ordered them as an appetizer. Tasty, but not mind blowing, and I have to agree with the person who complained about the portion size. If those tacos were your entree there is a very good chance you could leave hungry.
We also ordered the chickpea sweet potato soup, the Korean hot pot and several orders of the seitan piccata. All of these were fine, but I think when a veg restaurant puts seitan piccata on the menu they are inviting comparison with some of the very well known restaurants that also serve that dish. So although we were happy to encounter seitan anything in Burlington, it was not nearly as good as the piccata dishes served at the Candles or Blossom or, quite frankly, the one I make at home. The chickpea sweet potato soup was fine but a bit watery and the Korean hot pot was sort of a miss, although I am sure some people would enjoy it.
For the desserts, most of their desserts are dairy affairs. We ordered some of the dairy cakes plus their famous banana cream pie. Of vegan desserts, that night they had a special vegan banana cream pie which we also ordered. The dairy desserts were all really good, but the vegan banana cream pie had the taste and texture of a congealed smoothie. They also had a vegan fruit/nut torte of sorts on the menu which we did not order.
There is no complimentary bread basket or anything like that offered. It is possible for regular people, not just gluttons, to leave hungry. The prices are steep and the portions are modest to small and even though I ordered a lot of dishes, I was still a bit shocked at the bill. Quality food is expensive, but I think they need to up their game if they want to charge the prices they do. If all the dishes had been fantastic I would have felt fine, but it was only "pretty good" and I could not suppress tiny ripples of resentment as I searched for my credit card.
But I am glad Burlington has a veg restaurant.
friendly service, lovely decor, tofu and seitan menu choices
need better vegan desserts, steep prices for small portions, food is good but not great