Vegan Served Grand

written by Soni Adriance 11th May 2016

Artcaffe Grand is the flagship Artcaffe branch. Located on the ground floor of Westgate Mall, it’s design and decor differs slightly from it’s sister branches. This Artcaffe is warmer, darker, more romantic. Hardwood floors, paintings hung on walls in gold frames, and larger than most Artcaffes.

Recently, Artcaffe Grand further differentiated themselves from other branches when they introduced a vegan menu. Veganism is a popular dietary trend that’s growing the world over. A vegan diet means no diary,  meat, or eggs. Many vegans swear by the health effects after several months of going vegan. Less carbohydrate intake and meat products leads to more energy and better skin not to mention it’s beneficial effects on the environment by lowering an individual’s carbon footprint. For omnivores like myself, it can be a difficult lifestyle to fathom. Without meat, dairy or eggs, what’s left?

After tasting the menu at Artcaffe Grand, it’s clear that vegans can (and do) eat an interesting, flavourful, variety of meals.

The Artcaffe Grand menu includes:

Gazpacho Tomato

Classic Gazpacho soup served with house focaccia

Classic Gazpacho soup served with house focaccia

Grilled Zucchini Salad

Grilled Zucchini Salad

Mix of lettuce, spinach, cherry tomatoes, radish and sunflower seeds with a classic vinaigrette dressing

Couscous

Traditional couscous served with vegetables and sweet nuts

Traditional couscous served with vegetables and sweet nuts

Gnocchi

Potato gnocchi and seasonal vegetables on eggplant cream

Potato gnocchi and seasonal vegetables on eggplant cream

Butternut Steak

Butternut Steak on a bed of lentils and root vegetables

Butternut Steak on a bed of lentils and root vegetables

These meals were delicious! Better yet, I left lunch feeling great, like I had treated my body to a tasty and healthy meal. The Gazpacho soup and Butternut Steak were definitely my favourite dishes of the day. The gnocchi had wonderful chewy bounce to it however I felt that the eggplant cream had too much garlic for my taste.

Chef Asaf, the executive chef of Artcaffe even surprised the media with a special off-the-menu chocolate vegan dessert. This was a delightful treat! A warm chocolate cupcake looking dessert with a warm molten centre. You would have had no idea it didn’t contain milk or eggs.

The biggest take away from this tasting was that veganism doesn’t have to be dull nor does it have to only be enjoyed by vegans. I personally loved eating a light flavourful lunch that left me feeling satisfied. If you’re considering going vegan or are curious to try a vegan meal, Artcaffe Grand is the place to start. On a warm Saturday when you’re looking for a light lunch or dinner, stop by for a glass of juice or wine and a Butternut Steak.

 

 

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