Luckily for me and my therapist, Vedge Restaurant is, if possible, even better than Horizons. Hurrah! Sure, it is different, and the focus on vegetables leaves little room on the menu for the wondrous things Landau can famously do with seitan, tofu, and tempeh. However, he graciously keeps a few of those dishes in rotation. More importantly, the focus on vegetables will blow your freaking mind. Obviously, I love vegetables, and my many years as a vegan have given me a pretty great appreciation of what you can do with them. But I'm still a civilian, and the chefs at Vedge, well, aren't. The food is ridiculous. I've been to Vedge about five times since it opened, and each time, the many (many) plates ordered were all stupendous. This post will cover what I had on the latest visit in August; I'll cover other seasons at Vedge in later posts.
We also ordered the Korean Seitan Tacos and the Kung Pao Cauliflower from the Happy Hour list. Oh man. the Seitan Tacos are a must-0rder if you go to Vedge. The seitan is just as spellbinding as you might remember from Horizons, and is put to its proper use in a spicy taco. Again, I could eat so many of these. So amazing.
The Kung Pao Cauliflower was, as expected, the most interesting cauliflower dish I've ever had. You might be thinking right now, "That's like saying you met the shortest giant", but this was truly impressive. It was very spicy, but the flavors came through well; it wasn't just hot.
The last dish we ordered off the Dirt List was the Heirloom Tomato and Corn Salad over quinoa. Or, Summer on a Plate. It was just everything you could possibly love about summer. Fresh tomatoes! Good corn! Quinoa! Fresh herbs! And the most incredible sauce on earth. Seriously, I don't know what it was, but it was magical. My dining companions and I were fighting over who got to lick the plate. (I think we all ended up cleaning the plate with our fingers.)
Not willing to miss any of Landau's magic with proteins (I knowww I hate that but it works), we also ordered the Spicy Grilled Tofu, served on a bed of edamame puree, covered with smoked miso sauce and a yuba cracker. It tasted as incredible as it sounds. I'm not a huge fan of blocks of tofu, but this I can do.I can't remember another time I've had such amazing tofu! The last dinner dish we had was the Shwarma-style Carrots. These were so good that I forgot to take a picture. Spiced to evoke the well-known smoked Middle Eastern meats, the carrots came over black lentils and garbanzos, with a side of olive stew and topped with green harissa. Everything worked perfectly and transported me back to the best restaurants in Israel.
We had two more insanely incredible desserts too! I know, this is the best meal EVER! Above is the Yuzu Peach Tart, with brown sugar miso ice cream. Oh man, this was the dessert version of summer on a plate. The ice cream perfectly complemented the warm tart, and the peaches were fresh and wonderful. I could drink that sauce too. I could pretty much drink all the sauces.
On that note, I really can't wait to go to Vedge again. I believe it is the best vegan restaurant in the world, and while it can get pricey, it can also be done economically if you go with people and share lots of small dishes. If you have the opportunity to go, you must. And if you think I'm wrong that it's the best vegan restaurant in the world, I will gladly accept your challenge and eat at and blog about whatever restaurant you believe takes that spot (on your dime, right?). Enjoy!
- Water speed: Pretty good considering how busy they were
- Bathrooms: There are nice single-serve bathrooms in a hallway off the dining room. Best part - they are handicap accessible!
- Service: Great. It's rare that you get new silverware between courses nowadays!
- Food: The best vegan magic happens here
- Bonus: Happy hour menu!