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Vegetarian Wedding Menu

I love that you're having a vegetarian wedding reception! And as the guests should know you, well, I don't think you have any need to put some text on the invite. This is your event, a day to celebrate you and your mate; not a day to appease the masses regarding their preferred protein choice.

Now about the menu, I think it'd be nice to avoid the traditional vegetarian traps like pasta. Depending on the season, how about:
-> appetizer stations of hummus, dips, flatbreads, dried fruits (mango, cranberries, strawberries) and nuts (pumpkin seeds, almonds, marcona almonds), tomatoes, etc.
-> a grilled asparagus or broccolini salad with radish slivers, purple carrots, lemon juice, toasted almond slivers, and a dash of cayenne

a choice of two entrees:
-> a red curry with vegetables (peppers, zucchini, squash, whatever is in season!)
OR
->tomato and roasted eggplant stew with chickpeas (I'm thinking of the one from the Veganomicon cookbook; this dish is filling, flavorful, and celebratory)
both served with isralei couscous(yeah, it's a pasta, but it's unusual and not the focal point)

-> dessert: a light, fluffy cake accompanied by rose water sorbet or gelato and fresh blackberries

Apr 12, 2010
rahir in General Topics

Vegetarian Friendly Sunday early morning help wanted

At first, I thought this post was advertising for a vegetarian, friendly (as in happy) person to work at a restaurant...

Finished by 11AM may be really tough! And as a vegetarian myself, I must say that a good veggie-friendly brunch (or early morning breakfast), one where you don't feel slighted and have enough options, is really tough to come by. But I don't travel to the EB frequently, so maybe someone else can chime in...

The one place that jumps out to me is Cafe Colucci, which is Ethiopian. They open at 8AM every day. The food is quite tasty.

6427 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 601-7999
www.cafecolucci.com

Mar 12, 2010
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant in San Francisco

Did you ever try any of the restaurants mentioned in this thread?

Feb 01, 2010
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

Wine and cheese near MOMA?

Ame is lovely, as is the bar in the St. Regis. I love an early evening wine and cheese (and desserts!) there.

Jan 20, 2010
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant in San Francisco

Adding restaurant links.

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Nopa
560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Firefly Restaurant
4288 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
398 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Saha Arabic Fusion Restaurant
1075 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Millennium Restaurant
580 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102

Jan 11, 2010
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant in San Francisco

Loving Hut is all veg, but there are a lot of fried mock meat items on the menu.

Jan 08, 2010
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

Ubuntu, Napa Ca

Thanks. I ended up calling and getting in touch with the general manager.

Jan 05, 2010
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

Ubuntu, Napa Ca

And "a working", not "an working". Thanks!

Jan 04, 2010
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

Ubuntu, Napa Ca

Glad to know that you had a good experience! If anyone has an working email address for Ubuntu (the ones on their website and OpenTable page both bounce back as non-working emails), would you mind forwarding it to me?

Jan 04, 2010
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

Ubuntu, Napa Ca

On a spur of the moment thing, I made a reservation the same day for dinner last Friday (New Year's Day).

We arrived on time and were told to wait at the bar for our table (which was pointed out at near the front window). Lo and behold, when seated, we were placed at a different table, one at the back for four situated just steps away from the hostess' stand; our plates and tableware were at the two chairs facing her and not towards the rest of the room, which made for slight awkwardness (we could hear everything she was saying to the staff and I'm sure she could hear our conversations through dinner...).

Having been to Ubuntu before, we decided to share four savory items plus desserts. Unfortunately, the online menu hasn't been updated, so I'll try to recount as best as possible.

Three of our dishes came out within minutes of each other, which made pacing a problem, considering they were fairly warm and all ready to eat. These included a squash soup with quince paste (soffrito?), a persimmon "donut" (persimmon puree fried in a crunchy dough) with burrata and jam (tomato?), and a rancho gordo bean stew with sage and toast. The squash soup was very light, with little cubes of squash and some greens, but it wasn't as flavored as I expected. The donut and burrata were nice, although very hard to share b/c once you cut into the donut, the inner sauce quickly oozed out. I'm not a huge bean person, but the stew was heaven. Its heartiness felt just right on the first night of the year, and nicely combated my dimming thoughts of the hour-plus drive home in the rain and looming fog.

We had about a ten-minute wait for our last savory dish, which was fine with us. But we did have multiple servers stop by our table to clean up, which felt musical chairs-like. But when our sunflower seeds, risotto-style, arrived, everything else just fell to the wayside. I've only had ever had rice as risotto, but this was, well, for lack of a better word, cool. The base of sunflower seeds was paired with sunchoke puree (or something like that) along with a homemade creme fraiche (or sour cream???). I think it also had a jam, too. This dish played on earthy and rustic tones, and was creamy without losing flavor or consistency; if I could have, I think I would have lapped the plate. Er, bowl. Well, it was a half plate, half bowl thing. That I would have lapped at all night long.

Desserts were hit-or-miss. I've had the cheesecake before, and this one was a sour cherry one that felt way too bland and sour and not enough sweet or tangy. The shot of hot chocolate with banana cream and a side of spongy, light, homemade doughnuts, though, was a much better ending to a night of overall great food.

Overall, the food was quite good, with some definite highs and a low or two. But the service left me perplexed, not for rudeness, per se, but for a continual sense of unease or rushed feeling.

Jan 03, 2010
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant in San Francisco

Yep, all of the cheese is nut cheese, not dairy based. GM was closed yesterday, awaiting inspectors. No word on if they are open today.

Dec 30, 2009
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant in San Francisco

That soup sounds delicious: CHESTNUT & MUSHROOM SOUP walnut oil, crispy crimini mushrooms, micro celery

As does the poached quince salad: POACHED QUINCE escarole, cinnamon-toast croutons, pear vinaigrette, fresh goat cheese, quince saba

There's also a brussells sprouts dish that I've had there before, minus the bacon vinaigrette.

Dec 30, 2009
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant in San Francisco

I'm vegetarian (have been for 8 years; no meat, no fish, no meat/fish broth, etc. Also am lactose-intolerant), and never have any problem finding veg options at Absinthe and Nopa.

Dec 29, 2009
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Veg Momos in the East Bay and beyond?

Karma, which was over on 6th Ave, has closed.

Dec 29, 2009
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant in San Francisco

"I'd like to find a restaurant that seves local/seasonal vegetables prepared with some creativity with whole grains and not a lot gooey cheese products."

For these, I'd pass on Cha-Ya and Udupi. Neither really shows a lot of local/seasonal items. The whole grains part is a little tough to nail down, too (as pasta doesn't really fit the bill). Taking the local/seasonal vegetables into consideration, I recommend Absinthe (Hayes Valley), Millennium, Nopa (Alamo Square/Divis corridor), and/or Firefly (Noe Valley).

I've also recommended Saha (at the edges of the Tenderloin/Nob Hill line) several times on the board; it offers a lot of veggie and vegan dishes in addition to meat options.

Dec 29, 2009
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

gift certificate for vegetarian semi-foodie?

Being a vegetarian who a few years back was a struggling grad student, I'd say stick closer to home! Millennium is great, as is Aziza, Also, the head chef at Millennium, Eric Tucker, just opened his wine bar/cafe, Encuentro, in Jack London Square.

Encuentro: http://www.encuentrooakland.com/

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Aziza
5800 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94121

Millenium Restaurant
580 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Dec 21, 2009
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

On First Encountering Cyrus Restaurant

Sounds like it! I did the veggie tasting menu at Cyrus last December and loved it, including the bread (which was piping hot and very satisfying). Below is a link to images and overview from my meal.

http://groovethang.blogspot.com/2008/...

Dec 04, 2009
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

Need a really good vegetarian restaurant

yanks26dmb, where did you end up?

Nov 24, 2009
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

Need a really good vegetarian restaurant

Last month when I was there, there were several entrees under $20.

Nov 18, 2009
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

Need a really good vegetarian restaurant

I went with a date last week. We shared three small plates, a pizza, and he had a beer. The bill came to $42.

Nov 18, 2009
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

Need a really good vegetarian restaurant

If you're just looking for a nice entree (and only an entree; nothing else), I'd say Millennium, Saha, or Firefly. If you're looking for a more casual atmosphere with above average dishes at low prices (app and entree and/or drinks), I suggest Weird Fish, Beretta, Chow, Golden Era, Tataki, and Assab.

I don't consider Cha-Ya or Udupi to offer anything above average. More like bland (Cha-Ya) and overspiced (Udupi).

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Chow
215 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Golden Era Vegetarian
572 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Weird Fish
2193 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Assab
2845 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

Tataki
2815 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Beretta
1199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Nov 18, 2009
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

Need a really good vegetarian restaurant

And do you want an all-veg restaurant or one w/ great veg options?

Nov 18, 2009
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

Need a really good vegetarian restaurant

Do you have a location preference?

Nov 18, 2009
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

Ike's Place (sandwich shop), SF - Recommended!

I'll also add that all of the sandwiches can be veggie and vegan-ized! Also, Ike's closes early on Mondays (around 4PM, I think).

Nov 16, 2009
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

SPQR--Open with new menu, any comments yet?

From Matthew Accarrino's recent interview with EaterSF:

"So you didn’t even look at the old menu before you started?

Not really, the first week we had brussel sprouts and cauliflower because they were big hits before, but I took them off. I didn’t really know about the restaurant before I moved up here. I was excited to run a small operation with a tight crew."

Adios, brussels sprouts.

For the complete interview, go here: http://sf.eater.com/archives/2009/11/... .

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SPQR
1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Nov 13, 2009
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

Vegetarian Thanksgiving?

It's worth making a phone call, though! Sometimes restaurants only allot a certain amount of tables to Opentable.

Nov 13, 2009
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

Vegetarian Thanksgiving?

Millennium serves a heavenly Thanksgiving 5-course meal for $60 apiece. It's fancier than RFD and Native Foods, but you'll have a wonderful meal, guaranteed. Link: http://millenniumrestaurant.com/resta... .

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Millennium Restaurant
580 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102

Nov 13, 2009
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

Help! Need a first date restaurant for Saturday

I second Firefly, but I'm hesitant to recommend Garibaldi's. The last time I was there it was really loud, and the clientele leaned towards the older crowd.

Besides Firefly, how about Beretta (they have a couple of corner tables that provide a little more privacy), Bar Tartine, or Cafe Kati?

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Cafe Kati
1963 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Bar Tartine
561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Beretta
1199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Nov 12, 2009
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

SPQR--Open with new menu, any comments yet?

No more Brussels sprouts? Eek.

Nov 11, 2009
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area

Kiwi berries

In San Francisco, Trader Joe's on Masonic has them as does Bi-Rite on 18th Street.

Nov 02, 2009
rahir in San Francisco Bay Area