Vegan friends are over for the weekend which undoubtedly means one thing, Mr. Borscht and I will be eating vegan food. Eating vegan doesn't scare me as much as it may scare some others the only thing I find slightly creepy is when vegans try to pretend their eating meat via tempeh or soy made to look like and taste like chicken and such, unfortunately the faux-meat is available in most vegan restaurants and this includes Veggie Grill.
|All Hail Kale: Marinated kale and red cabbage, corn salsa, agave-roasted walnuts, ginger-papaya vinaigrette.|
Veggie Grill is popping up everywhere and recently opened a location at the Farmer's Market, a sit down restaurant where orders are taken at the counter by very helpful, friendly and vegan-ecstatic employees. One can't help but be charmed by it's very red, modern decor, the interior is clean and tidy looking, and sparkles in the eyes of the customers with its minimal, modern-interior.
|All-American Stack: Grilled veggie-steak, pickles, lettuce, tomato, crispy onion rings, thousand island dressing.|
One of the things to be really excited about at Veggie Grill was the refillable drink bar which not only had the regular soda dispensers but also had a row of fresh drink such as, strawberry lemonade, lemonade, pomegranate green tea & etc. Strawberry lemonade was my choice for the day and it tasted of fresh strawberry ice-cream bar- that good! I went back for seconds naturally.
For a vegan dinner I opted for the Blackened Chicken Plate, which also is gluten-free. The blackened chicken was made from tempeh that was topped with papaya salsa and included as side of steamed kale and quinoa pilaf. None of which was all that flavorful except maybe the papaya salsa. The blackened tempeh chicken tasted of char and that was the end of that. The plate was completely edible but definitely failed to wet my apppetite, on the other hand, I felt really good about myself from eating so healthy.
|Blacked Chicken Plate: Papaya salsa topping, steamin' kale, quinoa pilaf.|
|Crispy Chicken Plate: Fried chickin', cauliflower-mashed potatoes, porcini mushroom gravy with fresh rosemary, steamin kale.|
Mr. Borscht probably had the best tasting plate between the two of us, then again it does no good for his Crispy Chicken Plate to be compared with my bland Blackened Chicken Plate, the Crispy Chicken Plate was really pretty good. Once I was able to get past the faux-chicken I was able to appreciate the crispy chicken that tasted very much like McDonald's nuggets. The Crispy Chicken Plate included cauliflower-mashed potatoes, porcini mushroom gravy with fresh rosemary and steamed kale. The porcini mushroom gravy with fresh rosemary that topped the cauliflower-mash was equally amazing, the cauliflower-mash tasted of regular mashed potatoes and the porcini gravy tasted of flavorful, delicious mushroom gravy (unless you happen to dislike mushrooms, I on the other hand absolutely love mushrooms) so the gravy was quite a treat. For a first timer at Veggie Grill I do suggest ordering the Crispy Chicken Plate, it'll probably have you wondering whether the chicken is actually chicken, thumbs up to Veggie Grill for that.
I have yet to meet any non-vegans who would go to a vegan restaurant simply because the food was good, but this one might be worth giving a try for the sake of eating something different and being a little bit adventurous, aren't you the least bit curious to taste vegan-chicken that actually taste like chicken?
Total Damage: $28.00 +/-
1 Blackened chicken plate
1 Fried chicken plate
(LA's Farmers Market)
110 S. Fairfax Ave
LA CA 90036