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Vedge: What Should We Order?

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DaisyM Jun 26, 2012 03:18 AM

The menu looks great, just wondering if there are some dishes that shouldn't be missed. Thank you.

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    cwdonald RE: DaisyM Jun 26, 2012 05:05 AM

    Anything or everything off the dirt list.. which is made with the freshest ingredients on the menu.

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      DaisyM RE: cwdonald Jun 26, 2012 05:24 AM

      Is there anything on the regular menu that we should also order or just go wtih the dirt menu? Thank you!

    2. Bacchus101 RE: DaisyM Jun 26, 2012 06:16 AM

      =1 on the Dirt list. It looks especially good with summer choices. What to pick on the regular menu is always an adventure. Depends so much on what your specific likes/dislikes might be. We were there last during winter months thus we were a bit limited. Seems we may have not make the best choices then and we look forward to giving it another try this season. Do listen to the ordering advice of the servers regarding the number of items. Small plates by any standard. Love the place, the service, the bar and the menu options especially in-season entrees.

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        Buckethead RE: DaisyM Jun 26, 2012 06:24 AM

        When are you going? I was there over the weekend (again) and it was fantastic (again). My favorites from the regular menu are:

        - Roasted maiatake mushroom & celery root fritter (my favorite on the menu, don't miss this one)
        - Grilled seitan & black lentils
        - Sweet potato pate
        - Fancy radishes
        - Braciole

        The current dirt list (6/25 as I write this) is a little different from what it was over the weekend but I've had and would highly recommend the brussels sprouts, crispy cauliflower, and wax beans. The fingerling fries are good too but not a must-order.

        On the current dessert menu, don't miss the cheesecake. The blueberry fritter+sorbet+salad and sorrel bread pudding are both really good too.

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          cwdonald RE: Buckethead Jun 26, 2012 07:23 AM

          The one other item I would suggest you consider is any cold soup. The current menu has two on it I believe. These are going to be soups with flavor, different than your standard gazpacho or vichyssoise. Well worth considering.

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            Buckethead RE: cwdonald Jun 26, 2012 08:03 AM

            I've had one of the soups that's on the menu right now, cucumber and avocado. It was good but not a can't-miss dish, the flavors were interesting but the texture was not great, overly coarse and chunky. It was more like a dip.

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              cwdonald RE: Buckethead Jun 26, 2012 08:24 AM

              A chacun son gout. I was just pointing out that cold soups are a seasonal item. I personally like the pairing of flavors. Texture certainly is a personal preference. But I certainly believe you will find a variety of flavors in soup here you may not find many other places.

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                Buckethead RE: cwdonald Jun 26, 2012 09:10 AM

                Have you had the cucumber and avocado soup? I can't tell.

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                  DaisyM RE: Buckethead Jun 26, 2012 09:59 AM

                  Thanks everyone. We're going Thursday night. One more question...would you have dessert there or go to Capogiro?

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                    Buckethead RE: DaisyM Jun 26, 2012 10:50 AM

                    Get dessert there!

                    I love Capogiro but Vedge's desserts are excellent, and amazing in that there is no butter or other dairy in them. The cheesecake especially is better than 90% of cheesecakes I've had that actually have cheese in them. My only complaint is that the only creamer available for your coffee is non-dairy. Obviously, it's a vegan restaurant, there probably shouldn't be any cream there, and I don't miss meat or dairy at any other point in my meals there, but it would be nice to have half-n-half in my coffee at the end.

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                      barryg RE: Buckethead Jun 26, 2012 01:39 PM

                      What kind of non-dairy creamer do they use? The coconut milk based creamers I've had are really good, would be surprised if they used the powdered stuff.

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                        Buckethead RE: barryg Jun 26, 2012 01:48 PM

                        It's not powdered, if I remember correctly the server said it was soy milk or some soy-based product. It's liquid. I've never had one based on coconut milk but that sounds good. It's a trivial detail at any rate. They have quite a few dessert wines available by the glass as well.

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                      Bacchus101 RE: DaisyM Jun 26, 2012 02:01 PM

                      Yes, get dessert there. I had a cheese cake which had no cream or cheese which was one of the best cheese cakes I have ever had. The new list of desserts looks wonderful.

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                        DaisyM RE: Bacchus101 Jun 28, 2012 06:20 PM

                        Highlights were the crispy cauliflower, shredded brussel sprouts, and the celery root fritter. Although everything was fresh and creative, I felt like the portions were rather small for sharing. Only one fritter in a serving? Only one crepe with lentils?

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                          DaisyM RE: DaisyM Jun 29, 2012 03:46 AM

                          Also, the pomegranate sangria with smoked cinnamon was excellent.

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                            Buckethead RE: DaisyM Jun 29, 2012 07:53 AM

                            Glad you liked it. Did you get dessert?

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                              DaisyM RE: Buckethead Jun 29, 2012 10:38 AM

                              Husband voted for gelato. We were recently in Italy and have been suffering gelato withdrawl. But a couple next to us had the cheesecake and were raving about it.

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                              Bacchus101 RE: DaisyM Jul 2, 2012 01:29 PM

                              A bit tardy with this acknowledgement of your comment of portions. We did not go there expecting normal entree size portions, especially since "small plates" was noted and explained to us. We were also surprised at the smallness of the small pates; a bite or maybe two? With all the positives this was one aspect that just did not feel good to us. We love small plates but these were almost laughable.

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                                DaisyM RE: Bacchus101 Jul 2, 2012 02:07 PM

                                Bacchus, I'm so glad we aren't alone in feeling this way! We love small plates...but I think this was the first time that I can remember leaving a restaurant and seriously thinking of stopping for a burger!

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                                  cwdonald RE: DaisyM Jul 4, 2012 03:41 AM

                                  I wonder if the reason you do not feel as full is not because of the portion size but because of the amount of fat in the meal. Your comment about wanting a burger afterwards is what triggered this thought...

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                                    Bacchus101 RE: cwdonald Jul 4, 2012 07:10 AM

                                    Interesting thought regarding fat content. My wife has been a vegetarian for most of her adult life. Eats very small volumes. She was satisfied with her meal but also thought some portions were so small they did not even allow a full enjoyment of the dish. I, a carnivore, was less satisfied. So you could have a point. Recently we ate vegetarian at both the White Dog and Sprig and Vine which we found easily as interesting, tasty and with more expected small plate sizes. We did enjoy Vedge , venue, food and service and with the current enthusiasm for it best we just fall in line lest we be scorned.

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                                      deprofundis RE: Bacchus101 Jul 4, 2012 07:23 AM

                                      How many plates did you order? I think 4 plates + dessert, per person, is about the right amount and would probably add up to ~$50 a head, which is not out of line for the quality. See my photo of the roasted beets below. It's not really an unsubstantial portion for $10.

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                                        Bacchus101 RE: deprofundis Jul 4, 2012 10:02 AM

                                        deprofundis, We followed the suggestions of the server regarding number of dishes. The total amount of dishes and thus total food quantity was generally fine. As noted we just felt some some dishes were so small they certainly could not be shared, even for a taste and in some cases the size diminished from the full enjoyment of the dish. No negatives on quality, service or venue. IMHO they deserve the rave reviews on all accounts. We just have one small dissenting opinion on small plate size, which we actually found amusing.

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                                      DaisyM RE: cwdonald Jul 4, 2012 10:14 AM

                                      CW, I think you have a point about the fat, but it seemed kind of ridiculous to have a plate to share that I had one fritter with 1 sliced mushroom! We followed our server's suggestions re # of dishes (can't remember if it was 3 or 4 per person.)

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                  deprofundis RE: DaisyM Jul 3, 2012 05:37 PM

                  Just went to Vedge. I have to agree with Buckethead - one of the top meals in the city right now. Definitely top 10 at least. I ordered:

                  Quetzalcoatl cocktail (vida mezcal, aperol, carpano antica, housemade falernum, bitters) - very good.

                  Crispy cauliflower (excellent)
                  Brussels sprouts (very good)
                  Sweet potato pate (good, but easily the least interesting dish of the meal. skip this.)
                  Salt roasted gold beets (excellent, probably the best dish of the meal. must order.)
                  Roasted maitake mushroom with celery root fritter (excellent)
                  Cheesecake (excellent)

                  Portions were not really *that* small, although this type of food isn't really filling either. If I had skipped the sweet potato pate I probably would have been fine. So figure on 4 dishes + dessert, per person, depending on how hungry you are.

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                    Buckethead RE: deprofundis Jul 3, 2012 07:35 PM

                    Dang, I have always skipped the beet dish for some reason, I think because they had a beet dish on the menu at Horizons that I wasn't crazy about. Guess I need to go back! I'm glad you enjoyed your meal. I don't have a problem with the portion size either, they're small but they're also not very expensive, the dirt list dishes are $5-$8 and the larger plates top out at $16 for the seitan and lentil dish, which is one of the more substantial ones.

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                      deprofundis RE: Buckethead Jul 3, 2012 08:03 PM

                      Here's the beet dish. The smoked tofu put it over the top.

                       
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