Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cafe Flora Review

Jason here. Last week we had some family up for the week. This was a great opportunity to go out and eat at some fun restaurants. The second place we went to was, Cafe Flora

This restaurant caters to vegetarians, vegans, and the gluten intolerant. Everything on the menu is clearly marked as vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free. We still haven’t found too many restaurants that clearly mark on their menu, what is gluten free and what is not so this was a breath of fresh air.

The atmosphere was very nice. For some reason the paintings actually stood out in my head, because they were brightly colored, with high contrasting colors. It was quiet, which lent itself very nicely for just getting to talk with friends and family. 

Our waiter was very friendly and always made sure to check if anything I asked for which wasn’t on the menu was gluten free. 

With that said, I ordered one of the soups of the day. Embarrassingly I forget what it was called, and I could not find a list on their menu. When I first ordered it, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it. The problem for me is soups are fairly sizable single item meals. That means if you don’t like what you get, you’re kind of stuck. This makes a risky meal choice for me, when compared to a dish which has 3-4 items and if I don’t like one I can just eat the others. This time I definitely made the right choice. The soup was really delicious. It was creamy, almost cheesy, with a hint of a garlic. If you’ve read my other reviews, you may have got a hint that I tend to enjoy cheesy items.

We happened to go during their happy hour, which meant some appetizers were discounted. I wasn’t sure if the soup would be enough, and as already mentioned I was worried I wouldn’t like it very much. So I opted to order the quesadilla verda to come as a side with my soup. It was a pretty standard cheese quesadilla, not that there is anything wrong with that. It did have flavor as I enjoyed it, but nothing I wouldn’t expect from a cheese quesadilla.

Kayleigh here. I ended up splitting a salad and a pizza with my aunt, since neither of us could decide on any single item, either! For starters, the French Green Lentil and Beet Salad was a beautifully fresh dish, full of bright flavors and not overly filling. The naturally sweet beets and soft, creamy goat cheese in particular created a lovely contrast that made me wish there was more of them on my plate. The seasonal pizza (did I mention that they change around several items on the menu to better fit the weather outside?) was a great example of fresh, flavorful vegetables showing their dominance on a dish, rather than the usual heavy layer of cheese and sauces. I cannot speak for the gluten free crust, but the thin and crispy style of the whole-wheat crust seemed like it would translate over just fine without anything seeming missing.

Overall I totally recommend you check out this restaurant. This is especially true if you are looking for a nice classy looking restaurant where you can hear yourself when talking to your date.

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