Zen Kitchen - The Venue
This is absolutely the case with Zen Kitchen. It’s vegan, it does gluten free, raw, and healthy. But it’s just damn good food!
Zen Kitchen has a passion for local ingredients and working with local producers and, when the chef visited our table to chat, we learned that they even make their own preserves every summer. That’s dedicated!
The skewers of grilled apple butter-miso tofu were indescribably delicious and without a doubt the most incredible tofu I’ve ever had. Even Ryan, a meat lover, thought they were great. The samples of homemade kimchee, mango pickles, and kale and potato chips rounded things off nicely. The bread was so fresh and soft that we kept asking for more.
They were served hot, expertly cooked, and the homemade chipotle mayo was the perfect finishing touch.
Give me Dessert!
Squash “ice cream” doesn’t sound like much but I promise you it was amazing! I liked my dessert, but I think I prefer sticky toffee pudding make the more traditional way (probably with a ton of butter and less healthy!)
Care for a Drink?
The wine list was much more extensive and would likely be a better investment.
Some vegetarian and health food friends have commented that it’s too expensive. I disagree. While it’s not in my everyday budget, I think the prices are reflective of the care that goes into each dish and the quality of the local ingredients.
It’s a shame that so many people think vegetarian food has to be a mix of raw tofu, sprouts, and beans sold by weight. Zen Kitchen is doing such innovative work that it will have the meat eaters convinced in no time!