Date Night at Sutra

danieltalsky | Restaurants,Reviews | Friday, June 18th, 2010

So I'm unemployed and hustling contract web development work, but special nights with the girl are important, so we make things like this happen.

We have a friend who works the kitchen at the excellent vegan (and reasonable!) price fixe restaurant, Sutra.  We'd been wanting to go see his work for awhile, so we finally did.

This isn't so much a review (short review: everything was impressive to a die hard meat eater and the staff was unbelievably warm and sweet) as a photo tour of our four courses.

The evening started off with the ring of a gong (behind my lovely date), and a speech about gratitude for the fresh local ingredients, some of them plucked from the earth that very morning:

Next, we watched our friend plate the first course, which was seriously a raw food lasagna.  Sounds perhaps gross and crunchy, but it was warm and amazing.  The zucchini and fennel was thinly sliced and the avocado made it luscious like vegan food rarely is!

I was glad we were sitting at the counter so we could see everything plated, and see it go from that to this, the finished product with grilled spring onions on top:

Next was a delicious salad with sea beans, which are weird salty seaweed but really kicked ass on this salad, which was not gross and ice cold as too much salad is:

Then the worth-waiting-for main dish… an Indian themed melange with some spinach saag (read: gravied paste), lentil soup, red quinoa, and an amazing cherry, parsley chutney.  On top was a mushroom saute with a creamy sauce made with cashews.  I could eat vegan a lot more often if this is what the food is like:

Love this array of desserts in progress… I guess I put it down to fast to take a proper picture but it was a little fig-sesame crust with strawberries and coconut ginger rhubarb ice cream:

Thanks for a wonderful dinner, Sutra.  We'll be back.

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3 Comments

  1. Daniel, this place looks AMAZING! I must give it a try.

    Comment by Anne Silberman — June 18, 2010 @ 1:36 am

  2. Love Sutra. I knew I had to try it when I realized I'd taken a yoga class from the co-owner/chef (and then later I ended up in a class with the other co-owner/server). They do amazing things with cashews. When I was there it was cashew cheese, which was just as good as real cheese, no joke. It's been a while; I need to go back.

    Comment by Amanda — June 18, 2010 @ 7:51 am

  3. Yeah, it really was a wonderful meal, and 34 for four courses is not bad at ALL (although we did pay an extra 12 apiece for the non-alcoholic tasting menu (pre-first course: spring roses and japanese green tea, first course: local kombucha with a float of lemon-ginger-pomegranite, 2nd course: pink grapefruit cherry lemongrass sparkling elixir, 3rd course: blueberry ecinacea hibiscus sparkling elixir, 4th course: french press). They also charge 26 for the wine pairings.

    Comment by danieltalsky — June 18, 2010 @ 10:23 am

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