Flora

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45 Raymond Rd, West Hartford, Connecticut, USA, 06107

Serves meat, vegan options available. Restaurant and bar with a well-labeled plant based menu, though meat is offered as add-on option. Offers happy hour Tue-Sun 4-6pm. Note: Oil for deep-frying is likely shared with non-vegan items. Open Tue-Sun 11:30am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Organic, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out, European, Fusion, Non-veg

6 Reviews

First Review by nlevine94

False advertising- fake vegan - Edit

I would never support a place who claims to be vegan, serves meat, fries all food with cross contamination with other "vegan" options and whose other restaurant has a picture of the head chef chopping up a murdered pig body on the front of the web page. Hello. Veganism is about belief behind kindness and compassion over cruelty and frankly, I would rather eat at a non-vegan place and purchase their vegan options than support a company that is pretending to be vegan in order to trick people into spending (and prices are high) money there.
If you are vegan, you dont support these companies. If you're not vegan, and you dont care about principle, then surely you would benefit from "trying" vegan food which by the way, is just FOOD.

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excellent vegan! - Edit

Flora's whole menu is vegan (or "plant based," as they put it)--appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts--with a "sidebar" of meat add-ons. We've eaten here twice, and had delicious meals both times -- for lunch, the grilled cheddar cheeze (no tree nuts!), butternut squash soup, and kale salad were yummy. Dinner standouts were the excellent roasted mushrooms, Caesar salad, carrot cake, and chocolate avocado pudding. The buffalo seitan was very good, but with the lentils it was a little too heavy. Still -- really excellent and creative vegan food right in West Hartford center.

Pros: excellent food, great and attentive staff, full bar, fireplace, good vibe

Cons: I wish they didn't have the "sustainable" meat

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Great Experience! - Edit

I took my parents who are non vegans here and we all enjoyed the food and the atmosphere very much. I thought it was very affordable for what they were serving. The waiters were all exceptional and alongside the food the whole experience was fantastic. Highly recommend trying it out if you’re in the area!

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This place is AMAZING - Edit

Whoever complained about the fried items being in oil the same as the calamari is ridiculous. I mean come on, we (vegans) don't have a lot options in CT and this is first place to open up that's actually NICE. It's a higher class restaurant, which I have been waaaaaiting for. They take time to beautifully plate each item, and all of the flavors compliment each other so well.

They have other options, so if you REALLY need to make a big fuss about the oil, order one of their pastas dishes. I've been vegan for almost 2 years and I personally don't care. It's really not a big deal. We should be happy a place like this opened up. My partner and I went there for the first time this past Monday and we loved it.

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NONE OF THE FRIED FOOD IS VEGAN! - Edit

None of the fried food is vegan as I sadly discovered today (everything is fried with the calamari). I was incredibly disappointed because I have already eaten here before, only to discover that the fried foods I had eaten last time weren't vegan at all (even though, then, I had explicitly asked whether there was any cross contamination between the so-called "fauna" and the rest of the menu, and I was assured that the main menu was strictly vegan). The manager, was cordial when I discovered this, although lost about what was bothering me so much about this discovery. It went kind-of like this...
ME: So...then none of your fried food is vegan even though you guys say it's vegan...
MANAGER: But at 144°, there's nothing remaining there anyway...
ME: But no.......
MANAGER: So, it's a mental thing...
ME: No, it's the principle. You guys even say that most of the menu is vegan...
MANAGER: But we're not really going for that.......
ME: (looking at menu) I don't mean to be an ass, but it says here, "Our seasonal menu celebrates plants and is by nature vegan." What you mean is that it's not. That's false advertising.
MANAGER: I'll talk to the kitchen about it (walks away).
I angrily later further told the manager (after my friends and I decided to leave due to this new discovery) about how disrespectful this was to me as a vegan...in retrospect, what I should have said is that it's actually a betrayal of trust for any restaurant to do this. I will not be eating here again in the near future until something changes. I advise vegans to be weary of this place until the restaurant represents the cuisine that it's touting as "vegan" honestly, and until it takes the concerns of vegans seriously. I do understand that their moto is "as vegan as you want to be"--an attempt not to alienate meat-eaters--but I'm 100% vegan, and they've misled and alienated me. Anyway, I must have been foolish to go there, because the restaurant is owned by a company called ROOSTER CO....no surprise, then, that veganism is mimicked but not taken taken seriously by the owners of FLORA.

Updated from previous review on 2017-11-08

Pros: The "true" (?) vegan dishes are good

Cons: Falsely advertise a "vegan" menu, Fry the vegan dishes with calamari (not vegan), Don't seem to care about vegans at all

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Gblvs 08 Nov 2017 - I've been a vegan for almost 2 years and this post is so pretentious and petty I cannot believe you would even take the time to write out such a long negative review because of the OIL. Are you serious?

My family and I have been waiting for a nicer vegan restaurant like this to open up and you know what, the food was delicious! I could care less about it being fried in the same oil. ETHICALLY, it doesn't matter. The calamari is going to sell to whatever omni ordered it. YOU are not doing the damage and the calamari is going to be fried regardless. This is a personal preference for you and for you to bash this new restaurant over something ridiculous is insane especially because you yourself are a vegan. BE HAPPY WE HAVE A PLACE TO EAT NOW.  


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jopy 09 Nov 2017 - Thank you Gblvs for taking the time to write a response to my review and for expressing your opinion. The fact remains that cross-contamination of any kind renders food not vegan, and it shouldn’t be marketed as vegan (there are no loopholes to this point…vegan means no animal or animal by-products, period). I value that Flora can provide a bridge to meat-eaters to discover vegan cuisine in a way that is comfortable and not intimidating, because real change can be effected this way, but it becomes a mockery and alienates longtime vegans if the basic principles of preparing vegan cuisine are not met. Many people will agree with you on the points you raised, but for me and for many vegans, it is important, and I discussed this with the manager's wife yesterday who kindly took the time to reach out to me. We discussed that people should be informed prior so that they can decide whether to order a dish or not (a choice I wasn’t given despite blatantly asking).

In fact, most places that serve meat point out to vegans when there is cross-contamination in oil used so that they can decide for themselves, so this is not new. The manager's wife has assured me that changes will be made. I truly hope that this is the case, and I will happily amend my review when that occurs. Until then, I do not feel that “we have a place to eat now” as you put it, because there are indeed other options in the area where real vegan food is served without misrepresentation or cross-contamination (Fire and Spice, 21 Oak), and several restaurants that serve meat that will go out of their way to ensure that dishes are vegan/veganized without cross-contamination (Barcelona, Sweet Chilli). And no, this common vegan concern is not “ridiculous” nor does it make anyone less vegan or ”petty”/”pretentious” to write a disapproving review of a restaurant that misrepresents vegan food (although I recognize that my frustration may have clouded my word choice when writing the review...point noted, and I'll be more mindful of this).
 


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Upscale Vegan with a homely atmosphere - Edit

Flora was something I just stumbled upon. With the preconceived notion of an upscale, very fancy vegan restaurant, I was very surprised when I entered their doors for the first time.

The decor is very minimal. This may be just because of their recent opening, but otherwise nothing extra or flashy about that. Tables are beautiful, chairs are quality, and the fireplace in the back is a nice touch. Seems like the two rooms with both bars could fit maybe 70 or so total? So an intimate setting if it's busy.

My server, Bri, was wonderfully helpful and friendly with the entire process. The menu isn't terribly overwhelming, but there are a lot of great options it's tough to order just one dish. So aim to being home leftovers and leave room for dessert and maybe a drink!

First I had the BBQ tofu appetizer, which has a nice crispy outside from being flash fried and coated in gluten free flour mix and then covered in a tangy BBQ i can still taste if I think hard enough. Served atop a very delicate butternut purée, the overall package has a great flavor profile. Flora switched from silken tofu to a much firmer tofu this week. and it's got great body to it, holds shape instead of the apparently egg-like silken tofu last week. A great starter!

The Bucatini (pasta dish, essentially spaghetti that's hollow on the inside, very good texture) was very enjoyable with the cream sauce. "Meat"balls had fantastic texture, and the sauce was delicious but very filling, like a vegan alfredo. The vegetables - zucchini especially - added some nice change in texture but the cherry tomato had a very bland taste (in comparison with everything else going on) and a kind of soggy texture from the heat of the dish. So watch out for them.

The carrot cake dessert, which I was beyond excited for (I live for cream cheese frosting) was actually a miss for me. It's more a carrot bread, still light, not overly dense, but not as moist as i'm used to with the carrot shreddings informal carrot cake. The frosting was also somewhat weird texturally - sadly reminded of a protein powder shake with the little missed granules or powder giving you a less than ideal mouthfeel... I know, harsh words. This is a dish that can be improved, unless the chef is trying to across a different message that i wasn't able to pick up on. I look forward to trying it again if it's changed.

I ended up swapping in the carrot cake for the avocado chocolate mousse. A great choice. Very rich in flavor, and an awesome.

Pros: Unique Menu, Full bar, juices, and smoothies, Great staff

Cons: Still young, working out the kinks

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