Dining adventures with a meat-eater

My hubby is so great. I am very lucky that although he is a meat eater, he is totally on board with us having a vegan household and loves my cooking and even shares in the vegan cooking himself sometimes.

When we go out to eat, he always lets me pick the restaurant, which inevitably turns out to be vegan. I haven’t really found too many restaurants in our area that serve meat and have good vegan options (especially since I’m gluten free).

And now that Terry is on his special diet (elimination diet to clear up some gastro issues) from his medical doctor, he currently has to avoid the following things:

“Apple, mango, nashi, pear, tinned fruit in natural juice, watermelon, persimmon, apricot, avocado, blackberry, cherry, lychee, nectarine, peach, plum, prune, dried fruit, concentrated fruit sources, fruit juices, any form of dairy, asparagus, beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, green bell pepper (red is ok though!) mushrooms, sweet corn, eggplant, fennel, garlic, onion (all), leek, okra, shallots, spring onion, chicory, dandelion, beans, lentils.”

Ha. Let’s say cooking has been interesting cooking at home. And forget about going out. I’ve emailed a few restaurants and they don’t even bother replying. BUT a friend of mine recommended a restaurant in Palo Alto, so we thought we’d give it a shot.

I emailed the restaurant ahead of time and not only did they respond, the head chef responded within 10 minutes on a Saturday morning and copied in his sous-chefs to respond. I explained about Terry’s special diet and they said they would have no problem making a dish for him (and they already had things on the menu I could eat). I told them when we’d be in and they reserved a table for us even though they normally don’t for parties under 8.

We were greeted by our super friendly waiter Bill who gave us exceptional service all night. We started with a wakame salad that was SO GOOD. I really need to try making this at home. It was utterly delicious. I normally love seaweed anyway, but they really made this salad so well with a hint of sweet:

As this is a vegan blog, I didn’t take pictures of Terry’s apparently amazing salmon dish, but took a quick snap of his accompanying salad:

I ordered the Spinach Dragon Noodle Bowl. The name itself drew me in and I was not disappointed:

I’m not a big fan of spice and the menu description did indicate a spicy almond butter sauce, but it was the perfect amount of spice without being overpowering. The tofu and rice noodles were cooked perfectly (I love this as I sometimes struggle with it myself). And I loved the addition of sprouts. It was mouthwateringly delicious and I savoured each and every bite.

And had room for dessert haha! I was pleasantly surprised that they even had a vegan & gluten-free dessert.

It was a completely decadent chocolate chia pudding with coconut crème, topped with walnut pieces. I gave Terry a bite, but he enjoyed a smoothie while I got to relished my dessert.

Terry quite enjoyed his vegan smoothie too:

I love this picture of Terry! He’s been very sad lately while eating out, this was a very good experience for him =)

The sous-chef, David that I had been in contact with even visited our table to make sure everything was alright. What a nice surprise!

All in all, the food was amazing and I loved the customer service and we are definitely going back. If you are in the area, I would highly recommend you try it out.

You can check out their website here for further information.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! See you all back on Wednesday (I have a super awesome recipe I am excited to share with you).

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