• Vegan Vegan
    ( 7 reviews )



48 Main St, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA, 01060

Veggie cafe, juice bar, and retail space. Offers a variety of menu items focusing on raw vegan dishes with a few cooked vegan items and vegan sandwiches. Fresh juices, wheatgrass, exilirs. NOTE: March 2012 Karma shut down and was supposed to have re-located, but no news as of April 2013.

Category: Vegan, American, Raw, Juice bar, Take-out

Reviews (7)

First Review by veganlioness

definitely a keeper! - Edit

We went there over a month ago, so I don't remember what exactly we had, but I do remember that it was very yummy and my picky son was happy with his. It was a wee bit on the pricey side (but raw food is) and a little slow (but we were feeling a bit rushed since we were about half way through a six hour drive). We will definitely go back when we can...

Pros: raw food, excellent food, healthy

Cons: slow service , a little pricey, but raw food is

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Not Bad - Edit

This restaurant has a lot going on! There are a couple of floors, a juice bar, a stage, a dessert case, and then tables to sit and eat a fancy meal at! It's exciting and all completely vegan, which is nice.
Our waiter was slow, which was surprising, considering not that many diners were eating that night. We ordered the garlic bread with pesto dip as an appetizer (they were out of sweet potato wedges =[), and it was delicious. As entrees we split the cashew broccoli alfredo pasta and the pasta with spinach and tomatoes. In my opinion I could have used more sauce and broccoli in my pasta dish, but I'm a huge veggie freak, so different people might feel differently. Overall, the meals were good. It took absolutely forever to get our check. Also, the host seemed a bit lost, like he didn't have much to do. Perhaps he could be enlisted to help speed up service! I'd like to return to try some other items on the menu, apparently they're known for their raw dishes. The desserts and drinks also look very appetizing, but we didn't get a chance to try them.

Finally, my friend who I ate with are all omnivores and all enjoyed the food, so that's a good sign!

Pros: All Vegan, Good food

Cons: SLOW service, Flavors a little weak

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What is it? - Edit

I think I should first say I want so badly to like this place. The owners put so much time and effort into redoing the space, and it's got gorgeous floors, tables, chairs, overall decor. I'm also vegan and had high hopes.

The first time we went, the food was OK. The menu wasn't great, but the cheese plate and veg burger were pretty good. Maybe too pricey though. They've since changed the menu and the space. Retail downstairs, more sitting areas/tables and live music.

But it's still ... off? Is it too healthy? Is it too expensive? I don't know exactly, but it doesn't hit me right, like well executed vegan in the Valley (Evolution, Fresh Side and Bela) and say Portland, OR (or even Boston). The food seems bland and uninspired.

I spent $5.50 recently for a 12 oz. smoothie that was watered down and unripe? Total turn off. Where's the vegan comfort food -- tofu, tempeh, Mexican, rice/pasta bowls? Bring down the prices and be creative or I don't think I'll be back.

Pros: Interior, Healthy

Cons: Menu, Prices

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Good cooked food and raw desserts - Edit

I ate at Karma in January 2011, and the food was very good. My friend ordered the burger plate, which was delicious and a good portion. I ordered a salad and rice croquettes, both of which were delicious. We both ordered desserts- a banana cream pie and chocolate mousse. Both were raw and so tasty. The service was markedly slow- a whole hour passed from the time we finished our main meal to the time we finished dessert. The food was very expensive for the area. I will return to Karma periodically.

Pros: tasty food, raw and cooked options, nice space

Cons: expensive, very slow service

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Not 100% raw - Edit

I had my first meal at Karma Cafe last night, and found everything very satisfying. I started off with a bowl of hot tomato basil soup, which was very flavorful. My entree was the raw lasagna, which was beautifully presented with a nice side salad. Their winter menu now includes cooked foods, for those who find staying all raw through the cold winter difficult. The service was reasonable, and the space has a nice open atmosphere. There is also a separate dining area upstairs. Definitely save room for dessert. I had the raspberry cheesecake, which would get three thumbs up if I had three thumbs. I ordered a juice to go, and it tasted very fresh even after sitting in my fridge overnight.

Pros: Quality of food., Health of food., Simple, but nice atmosphere.

Cons: Parking can be difficult.

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Good Karma! - Edit

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!

Pros: delicious food, great value, very friendly staff

Cons: only raw

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A Taste of Summer - Edit

Co-Owners Chef Brian and Coree Aussant hosted A Taste of Summer, to celebrate the opening of Karma. Eighty guests sampled selections from Chef Brian's new menu. The First Course was an organic field green salad with thinly sliced red onion, shaved carrot, salt and cracked pepper tossed with extra virgin olive oil and raw apple cider vinegar. The dressing perfectly balanced the greens. The olive oil was delicate and rich. There were occasional bits of black pepper. The salad was garnished with a nasturtium flower, one of my personal favorites. As a palette cleanser Chef Brian served us Watermelon Granita made from freshly juiced watermelon garnished with fresh English mint. You could taste that they had used perfectly ripened watermelons. One of my favorite digestives. Course Three consisted of Heirloom Tomatoes layered with thinly sliced Zucchini, Almond Cheese, Basil, Salt and Pepper which was then drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and a rich basil oil. Each bite was heaven. Having grown up in the Hudson Valley where summer means plates of tomatoes, I must admit that I have never had tomatoes taste so good. The pairing of the cheese and the tomato with the basil oil and fresh basil was perfect! Course Four Chef Brian served Fresh Summer Vegetables in an Heirloom Tomato Marinara sauce served over Zucchini Noodles paired with a Cashew Cream Mushroom Alfredo sauce tossed with Carrot and Butternut Fettuccine. The tomato marinara was fresh with a good kick of garlic to give it some lovely high notes. I am an Alfredo-girl, so the cashew cream mushroom alfredo was my favorite. The combination was wonderful together. The rich sweet cashew / mushroom with the light tomato / garlic balanced one another well. The final course was a slice of raspberry coconut cashew cheesecake with an almond crust. Pastry Chef Rin plated the dessert with a broad brush stroke of raspberry running across the dish and fresh berries sitting like jewels. The coconut cashew cheesecake was smooth and rich. The almond crust had a hint of date which provided a sweet foil for the creamy taste and texture of the coconut cheesecake. A delicious ending to a wonderful meal. Clearly I enjoyed myself and best of all felt great afterwards. I could taste the difference that fresh locally grown organic food makes. I now have a friends at Karma. A place to go to eat well and feel great!

Pros: Delicious, Organic Raw, Beautiful

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