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First dinner at Thoreau

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Ate at Thoreau for the first time Saturday nite. Parked right in front -- good thing on a night when rain was anticipated (but did not arrive). Keeping in mind the giant portions at Blue Sage, the same owner/chef's restaurant in Southampton, we ordered the Fresca salad to share. It consisted of baby spinach in maple mustard vinaigrette, polenta croutons, french feta, pistachios, oven-dried grape tomatoes, grilled treviso, baba ghanoush. The polenta croutons were about 1 1/2" in diameter, 1" high, hot and crispy on the outside, soft and warm on the inside. The salad was very good but big enough for 3. Somehow we managed to finish it.

My husband ordered the Tamarind Peanut Noodles -- soba noodles, grilled asparagus, chopped peanuts and herbs in sweet-spicy tamarind-kaffir lime broth, topped with tatsoi-white asparagus salad. I had the Khorma of red lentils, butternut squash and leeks in a mild house curry. topped with mango papaya relish and savory corn hush puppies. Both were excellent but MUCH too big too finish. We ended up taking half home and will have them for dinner tonight! I would have liked a little more curry in the Khorma. I think the Khorma was $19 and the noodles $21.

We also ordered a dessert to take home, a chocolate mousse with bananas and some crispy waffle-like chocolate cookies underneath. About an hour later we were able to eat it and it was delicious.

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  1. I went to Thoreau about 2 weeks ago for the first time on a Friday night. I thought the food was quite good, the portions were large, and the ingredients were top notch. The location is a little out of the way for most people but the parkling situation isn't too bad. Even though the portions are big, the prices are hefty for vegetarian food. I think the restaurant will need to lower the prices to capture the local crowd. I think that's the why the place was relatively empty on a Friday night.

    I enjoyed the mango summer rolls as an appie but expensive for $9.50. I've had the same type of rolls at a Vietnamese restaurant for a much lower price. I think $20-$21 entree prices for vegetarian entrees might scare people off. Horizons can get pricey also but the place has a huge following, full bar, and I imagine their rent is a lot higher.

    I enjoyed my dinner but I'm not in a rush to go back. I live in Northern Liberties and there's so many affordable vegetarian options. I'm curious to see if anyone else has any reviews?