Graze specializes in home style plant-based cuisine.
Came here for dine out. Was told when I made reservations that they were VERY busy but could squeeze us in. Then when two pople were waiting 5 minutes to be seated(on time) someone from the restaurant called the person who made the reservations and was 5 minutes late, to say tehy were very busy and were we coming? The place stayed 1/3 to 1/2 empty all night. Just hype?
Waitress was ok, service too slow when you wanted it and too fast when you didn't. I was shocked at the skimpy portion sizes! Soup was served in one of those HUGE plate bowls but the soup was little more than a stain in the bottom. The Kale appetizer was small but enjoyed.
Entrees(Large plates they call them) ,- mushroom steak - laughably small! Smaller than an appy at most places. Person did not enjoy it either. Crepes were good and perogies I think were the best - actually very good - yet strangely underseasoned and salted. The waiter had brough salt and pepper to thoe table saying "just in case" but we wouldn't need it. He was wrong. We needed both and LOTS of it. Does vegan food have to be bland?
Now to the desserts - The trifle I think was served in basically a large shot glass - what a joke, The lemon cannolis were the smallest cannolies I have ever seen in my life! But the lemon filling was delish. It was suupposed to have a "lavender coulis" or something but I did not taste any of that.
Wine was fairly expensive and VERY VERY VERY small serving sizes in VERY large glasses. Not a fan of that,.
Perhaps the portion sizes explain why most vegans I know are skinny. But, if those are their regular portion sizes for the menu prices and not scaled down for dine out, it' s crazy. Two members of our party stopped for burgers on the way home, so some poor cow died and the purpose of the restaurant was defeated because they didn't want to serve enough food. WE would not be back dine out or otherwise. ANd the palce was SOOO dark you couldn't read the menus or maybe so you couldn't see all the anemic tempeh and tofu?
Our daughter chose this lovely neighbourhood restaurant for a family celebration. She was thrilled to try the plant-based meals, and we each ordered a different item for brunch. My husband's Vegetable Hash was a bland medley of stuff of the same color: chick peas, potatoes, and ???--it tasted earthy like beets. There was no attempt to break the monotony of yellow. He felt the dish was like eating one big curried potato. Other than his plate, our meals were attractive. None of our food was hot, just lukewarm. The textures and flavours did not work well together either. The dressings were acidic, and the food tough. Tough kale, tough tofu, tough bennie biscuit. The food has left one of us burping the remainder of the day, skipping the next meal, and seeking the relief from an ant-acid.
Last week we dined here for the second time. I was so impressed by our first visit that I thought I would be disappointed on my next visit - my expectations were very high! But I was blown away again. The menu had changed since our last visit because the seasonal vegetables had changed, the winter menu was much more exciting than I would have expected. So many items I'd like to try... and I'm not even vegetarian. We came on a Tuesday night to find that they were holding a fundraiser for a non-profit group that educated kids about where our food comes from (or something like that). It turns out that 20% of our bill was donated directly to this charity... and they do this every Tuesday for a different charity! But next time we're going on a Wednesday because it's half price wine night!
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