When my husband and I returned from this restaurant, he, trying to say something good about the restaurant, kept saying how easy the parking was, how pleasant the setting and how helpful the waitstaff. "But what about the food", I asked. Hmmm. Not so great.
My husband and I eat all sorts of cuisines, have traveled and eaten widely, and we cook and eat all sorts of unusual foods at home. We are not vegetarians, but do try to eat healthily, with lots of plant-based foods, unrefined grains, and plenty of green salads. We are quite tolerant of food differences, and expected to eat healthy, tasty meals in this new (mostly) vegetarian restaurant.
After looking at the menu, listening to the waitstaff, and seeing (and tasting) what others at our table ordered, I would say that this restaurant is vegan, rather than more broadly vegetarian, and this greatly impacts the quality of the cooking. The desserts, for example, were quite awful, with the "chocolate" cake moderately tasteless and seeming more like carob than chocolate. We assumed, in fact, it was carob and not chocolate. We were surprised to be told that the cake was indeed chocolate, but made without any milk products, and that was why it tasted as it did. The peach cobbler was more like peach sawdust, with the topping providing none of the expected crunch. The cobbler was not cooked, offering people a raw dessert option that was gluten-free. I am sure that the people who want to eat raw food and gluten free food were happy to have that option, but I would be surprised if many people found either of these desserts appealing on the basis of taste alone.
The main dishes were mostly based on noodles or brown rice. A large amount of fairly oily rice or noodles was served with a small amount of vegetable stir fry. This was tasty, but was quite salty and oily.There were very few vegetables served with a large amount of rice, making the main course high in calories and carbohydrates and very low in protein, even with the extra servings of tofu or tempeh.
We were there on a Saturday night, when I would think that the chief cook was at work, so these meals could not be explained as the work of someone in the kitchen who was less experienced.
I was quite disappointed. This restaurant is not inexpensive, and is touted as a higher end vegetarian restaurant. The chef needs to experiment with recipes before things are put on the menu, and an honest appraisal of the taste of the food needs to take place. Vegan cooking should not be a stunt. (See how amazing it is that we can make this without milk or without gluten or raw!) If it is not worth eating, it doesn't matter if it was made in this or that special way.
I think the Om Cafe can do much better. I certainly would not go back there again with its current menu and cooking practices.
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