Why a vegan eatery, you ask? If you follow this blog at all, you know I eat my fair share of red meat, chicken and fish. BUT, I have been expanding my palate, and after speaking with Candle 79's co-owner Joy Pierson, I knew it was a place I just had to try.
To quote Joy, "The power of the food is beautiful, it appeals to everybody's senses. When people come to the restaurant they say it's the best meal they've ever had."
It does, and it is.
Only one of my four friends was a vegetarian at the start of the meal. The three others haven't converted, but they were each equally surprised by how delicious, filling and fresh all of the food was.
To start, we ordered the Saffron-Lobster Mushroom Ravioli with cashew ricotta and truffled tomato sauce, resting on a bed of spinach with shallots and crispy capers. I enjoyed every single bite--especially the fine texture of the lobster mushrooms.
Before we knew it, the table was covered with various appetizers. Steamed broccoli, onion rings and polenta fries may seem like a rather eclectic mix, but we couldn't get enough. The Polenta Fries were my favorite. They tasted just like French fries without the grease or guilt.
The Seitan Piccata came with creamed spinach, grilled potato cake, oyster mushrooms and a lemon-caper sauce. The dish tasted exactly like chicken piccata with more robust flavors and fresh spinach.
Needless to say, I plan on becoming a frequent Candle 79 customer. Who knows, maybe I'll actually become a vegetarian...