I was oh so very excited at the prospect of a vegan restaurant in Park Slope, Brooklyn. How soon "Oh So Excited" turns into "Oh So Disappointed."
Tonight I ventured boldly into the new vegan restaurant on 5th ave in Brooklyn The V-Spot Cafe. The interior was alluring with shiny floors, exposed brick walls adorned with scandalous food porn geared towards vegan foodies. Giant wall portraits of the nape of a woman's neck paired with a pear, another woman covering her melons with red cabbage, and it just goes on from there. The garden was lovely and cool, but the restaurant itself was stifling. (I ordered take-away)
The menu was limited and full of fried foods. Five out of the nine offered side dishes were either fried or sauteed in oil. The others were white rice, beans, (of unspecified variety) garlic bread, and mashed potatoes. My idea is that generally a lot of vegan/vegetarians like to eat healthfully, alas, difficult to do here. I found myself having almost as many problems choosing here as I would at a traditional omnivore restaurant.
I ended up ordering the black bean burger, hold the sour cream with a side of yam fries with the idea of giving those to my husband, who adores yam fries. The burger was TINY and on a non toasted white flour bun without any accompaniment aside of the guacamole and salsa, no lettuce, tomato, or onion on this sammy. There was only a lonely tiny black bean burger on a white bun. I will say that the tiny burger was flavorful and well seasoned, but definitely could have used some pickle or SOMETHING! I mean this is a veggie restaurant..where did the veggies go?!? The yam fries were soggy and greasy though they had virtually no travel time to get home. There is a reason McDonald's doesn't put fries in a closed box, THEY BECOME GREASY AND SOGGY! I am sure Tim will still love them even without that fresh-from-the-frydaddy taste.
You see? TINY!
soggy mess. He'll still love it.
I will try this place again though, because I was assured the menu was still in the planning stages, and that right now they are getting feedback and trying new things. My suggestion? LESS GREASE!!
For dinner I had the sad burger and some brown rice and vegetables I made at home. The best part of my meal? The zucchini I roasted at home.
Cat's Low Calorie Zucchini Recipe:
1 whole zucchini halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4 inch crescents
Spray Olive Oil
2 cloves chopped garlic
1/2 tsp chopped fresh Italian parsley
4 chopped/stoned olives (pitted) preferably kalamata
Step 1) Slice zucchini
Step 2) place zucchini in oven safe dish
Step 3) spray lightly with olive oil
Step 4) chop olives
Step 5) add garlic, salt and pepper to taste, and olives to oven safe dish with zucchini
Step 6) toss
Step 7) Cover and roast at 350 degrees until tender, (about 15 minutes)
Step 8) add parsley and enjoy!