Notice I say good not great. We had a 30 minute wait as walk-in's at 7.30p on a Sunday night and quickly decided to start with dessert first since the cupcakes on the counter were right there and looking delicious! We sat on the bench outside on this beautiful summer night and took a bite into the toasted coconut cupcake. Good. Not great. Same for the rosewater pistachio cupcake. Great name. Pretty looking. But a bit dry like the last cupcake.
When we were seated we ordered the Buffalo Tempeh for appetizers. GREAT!
We then had the French Dip and Tempeh Reuben. Both good. Not great. Both came with a side and we chose the garlic kale. Which should have been named Warm Shoyu Kale. I think when one calls something Garlic "anything" it must be able to walk the walk and taste like garlic with no mistake. The buffalo dip for the tempeh had a garlic kick that was awesome. Not that was fantastic!
The French Dip had a great bread bun and fantastic au jus but the small bits of cut up seitan just fell apart when I tried to dip the entire roll. Even when cut into two pieces it was too much of a mess. Of course it was meant to be eaten with utensils and dipped into the au jus but this girl likes to feel her food and use her hands. But if using utensils you'll probably love it! The daiya cheese tasted really good on this.
As for the Tempeh Reuben. Nope but there's hope. The experience was a sauerkraut sandwich on a gorgeous marble (untoasted) bread. The texture of the tempeh made me ask if it was tofu as it was very desirably soft but no real Reuben sauce to distinguish the Reuben from the sauerkraut. Definitely needed more of a sauce and to be toasted.
So I say good. Not great. It has potential to be epic. But not there yet.
I wanted to love them both as the vibe in the restaurant was cool. Great energy. People. Menu choices and creativity. Drinks. But I can't give them higher then a 3. Tops 3.5 if it was available.
And I only based this rating on what we ate. I would return if back in town and I would recommend to friends for sure.
Oh. And the service was friendly enough but everyone on staff seemed to be in a big rush. Not to mention when our waiter picked up my dish and dropped the fork and knife that slipped off and just walked away leaving it spilled on the table. I had to laugh. Casual service I guess.
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