Sunday, October 11, 2009

Veganmofo:Brooklyn Ware House -Review

Brooklyn Ware House may be one of the most charming settings for dining I have ever visited. It's just so darn cute. Everything from the ambiance lighting, attractive and sweet waiting staff, local art, vibrant decor, attractive seating, frosted wine bottles used as water jugs to the green lantern mantle piece over setting the bar. Behind which you can spot a charming collection of cookbooks.

Brooklyn WareHouse, Halifax N.S.

The place looks great, and despite being a omni restaurant (serving things like rabbit stew :( ) they have their menus clearly labelled as to which items are vegan and state on the bottom that they can adapt numerous things to be vegan, vegetarian or gluten free. Our server even mentioned that they are trying to get in a vegan dessert.

Brooklyn WareHouse, Halifax N.S. I

When we took our seats by the window, as if I wasn't already enthralled with this little bistro the speakers crackle and "Heart Shaped Box" - By Nirvana starts to seep through. As if the green lantern bar piece didn't earn enough love. Throughout our meal, I don't think they played a single bad song. It was amazing. They even had a rendition of old school Mario music, epic.

Brooklyn WareHouse, Halifax N.S.: Menu I

We ordered the vegan entrée Vegan Carbonara, which uses almond milk to create a smooth velvety sauce served over angel hair, with steamed green beans, a portabello, roasted smokey tofu and pea shoots. Beautiful presentation, and the sauce was very very good. The only off putting part was the giant portabello .... that was plain... just steamed giant hunk of mushroom on top, so it never touches the sauce. Ick, and I happen to really like Portabellos.. but I have never before heard of just steaming them and eating them. Severely disappointed, because as great as everything else is (and it is soo great) this was a bit disappointing for a small 15$ (!!) plate.

Vegan Carbonara I

However, this is only one menu item that was listed as vegan, they offer a different lunch fare that is more reasonably priced. Their drink list is great, with soy milk for all lattes etc. I order a chia latte and on that rainy day it was like drinking a little piece of heaven.

Brooklyn WareHouse, Halifax N.S.: Menu II

This is an adorable omni restaurant that is really trying to make an effort and include vegans so by all means they should be encouraged, but for the sake of your budget I would recommend them as a lunch destination as they are fully operational as a cafe/bar and they do have vegan appetizers which I haven't tried. I would be interested to go back and find out which menu items can be altered to be made vegan and perhaps try those.

Vegan Carbonara II

Over all it is someplace that you could go with someone who doesn't like vegan foods and wants to order meat while you get something else. But when it comes to dinner, I find the price doesn't live up to the meal.However, if you ordered extra sauce and maybe slice your mushroom you may wind up with better results.

A- for effort
A+ for atmospher
B- for food
A+ for drinks
A for service

Out of ten, I would say its a 7. This is just one place, I do not want to give up on.


Anonymous said...

It looks and sounds like a fabulous place! I don't understand why so many places seem to get the portabella wrong! Just google it damnit, it isn't hard to make a fantastic one.

brandi said...

I'm glad i read this. i have been wanting to try that place out, but wasnt sure if i would like it. sounds like a good place!