Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Acorn

June 18, 2014


Asparagus: Cavatelli Pasta, Grilled Asparagus, Fava Beans, Ramps, Ricotta, Pine Nuts, Spring Blossoms - 2

J's comment > not bad; loved the play/fun factor of the cavatelli pasta which looked like pea pods! <- I totally put peas in the crevices of each pod and ate it that way; seriously though, the pasta was well cooked, just the slightest slightest bit over cooked but enough bounce in the inherent texture of the pasta to forgive this factor; asparagus and peas were both fresh and not mushy in the least; wish there was more ricotta though

Halloumi: Beer Battered Halloumi, Zucchini Pancake, Smashed Peas, Mint Yogurt, Lemon Balm - 2

J's comment > not bad; Acorn's play on 'fish & chips'; nice fry on the cheese which retained its moistness and was firm - nice, if only a bit salty; didn't get the zucchini from the pancake, but the texture wasn't bad; smashed peas were OK

Kale Salad: Kale, Tempeh, Smoked Paprika Croutons, Crispy Capers, Kootenay Alpindon Cheese, Black Olives, Caesar Dressing (small) - 2

J's comment > not bad; leaves were fresh and well coated; croutons were very crispy, not stale at all; even the tempeh (AKA, really stiff tofu) was OK; could have used a tad more cheese though; there was some arugula in there as well; I think Bitter's Kale salad is much better though

Hemp: Beet & hemp seed pate, preserved lemon gel, pickled walnuts, caraway crackers - 2

J's comment > not bad; the foie gras pate alternative? loved the crispness of the crackers; pate itself was as advertised, flavor was of seed and beets, but the texture of the seed paste gave the pate a good body; pickled walnuts tasted like ordinary walnuts; didn't get much of the lemon

Blueberry: Raw Cashew Lemon Cheesecake, Almond Coconut Crust, Acorn Garden Lavender + Blueberry Coulis - 2+

J's comment > very intriguing cheesecake; the texture was essentially like that of a popsicle except this cheesecake doesn't melt; the coconut in the crust stood out and gave the crust a 'healthy' non-cookie crunch; the lemon wasn't too sour and went OK w the blueberry coulis; didn't get the lavender though

Sur Une Plage: Coconut + Chardonnay Reduction Syrup, Vanilla, Fresh Lemon Juice, Sparkling water - 2

J's comment > not bad; not too sweet nor sour; didn't really get the Chardonnay flavor but there was definitely syrup; coconut flavor not too strong either, but still evident

Boulevardier - 2

J's comment > not bad; medium bodied, not too sweet either, well-balanced

Rosewater Iced Tea: Rooibos Tea, Acorn Garden Lemon Balm, Rosewater - 2

J's comment > lighter than the Sur Une Plage above, it was slightly strong pre-mixing, but tasted really watered down after stirring it (what? you're not supposed to stir?); strong rooibos flavor, not much of the rosewater

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Extra Comment
As vegetarian dishes go, Acorn's were definitely tastier than the usual alternative of salads and veggie soups at non-vegetarian restaurants (I haven't been to that many vegetarian restaurants as I'm *ahem* 'allergic' to too much veggies). To compare, the last fully vegetarian restaurant I visited was NYC's one Michelin star Kajitsu and I think although Kajitsu's deep frying technique is better, I prefer Acorn's flavors.

BTW, despite my *ahem* 'allergies', I consented to visit Acorn for 3 reasons:
1) to compare against Kajitsu
2) a friend highly recommended it
3) I wanted to take a wee break from over eating all that food in NYC



Labels: healthy, main, vegetarian

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