There’s no meat in that? Really? It’s vegan? C’mon, you’re kidding. OMG this tastes amazing – like a party in my mouth!
That is what was going through my mind as I devoured the Seitan Chimichurri. It has this smoky flaver and slightly burnt edges as if cooked right on the bar-b-que. I could have sworn it was a meat product as it had great texture and substance. Served on skewers like a shishkabob. After this wonder I knew we were in for a treat. I had no clue that going meatless could be so tasty, but Candle Cafe on the Upper East Side of NYC enlightened me as to what delicious vegan cooking can be!
Now let me proclaim that I am a meat eater. I absolutely love love love steak, chicken, bacon, etc. If it moo’s I will eat it! But lately I feel a need to broaden my food horizon and try some healthier options. So here I was in a vegan restaurant.
We ordered two sandwiches to share. The Cajun Seitan Sandwich and the BBQ Tempah and Sweet Potato Sandwich. Both were nicely portioned and came with a side of wonderful cole slaw, salad with balsamic dressing, and sandwich spreads. Honestly, these were big and tasty! I was pleasantly surprised and so happy as I dug in! The Cajun sandwich was like eating breaded chicken cutlet on toasted focaccia bread, and it had these amazing carmelized onions and avocado in it. Just ridiculous! The BBQ Tempah was served on a multigrain bread, with sweet potato and grilled red onion. Again, just terrific flavor.
Had to try the dessert here. The couple next to us and our waitress suggested the chocolate mousse pie, and boy were they right! Dense, smooth, chocolatey! One was enough to share. I wanted to lick the plate!
The service tonight was very attentive, and friendly enough. Water was constantly filled. Never really felt rushed as others have proclaimed in reviews I had read, and the place was packed. Got there about eight, was kind of empty, but by 8:15 not one table was open, so we lucked out. Also, they carry a nice selection of organic beers. Had the Wolavers Brown Ale and it was a nice addition to the meal.
I think I really have to come back here to try more of the offerings on the menu. It was that good. I don’t think I can ever be a full vegan, but I can be a part timer!
Candle Cafe – http://www.candlecafe.com/