|The wrap features a cashew “ricotta,” an almond pesto, and fresh vegetables–including seasonal pea shoots.|
|The raw ravioli–not a hit with our table.|
|Blue corn empanadas filled with butternut, peppers, corn, and raisins–nice balance of sweet and savory.|
|Sweet onion tart with a phyllo crust and basil-walnut pesto (the pesto is divine).|
|Buffalo Seitan–Harrison’s fave–with luscious blue cheese.|
For entrees we had the always-stellar Asian Mizuna Salad (Toniya always orders this and kindly shares), the Stuffed Red Bell Pepper, and the Vegan Enchiladas. Sharing ensued. The enchiladas were delicious, with bright flavor from the tomatillo salsa and fresh guac, plus an earthy depth to the vegetable and bean filling. They were devoured. The mizuna salad is crowned with wakame seaweed and tossed with a sweet sesame-chili dressing. The stuffed bell pepper looked beautiful but was overpowered by a spice element in the harissa–it wasn’t especially hot/spicy, but the spice blend overwhelmed the flavor of the vegetables.
|The mizuna salad, always a hit.|
|The stuffed pepper with Israeli cous cous, fava beans, and harissa|
|Vegan enchiladas with fresh salsas, guac, and cilantro rice–wonderful.|
Since Toniya is moving out of state soon we were forced to order three desserts. We would never be so self-indulgent without good cause, after all. We went with the always-amazing Vegan Carrot Cake, the Raw Tart, and a Vegan Chai Ice Cream. The carrot cake is simply one of the best ones we have had, vegan or otherwise. The raw tart and chai ice cream were less successful. The tart had a too-thick date and nut crust filled with a “cream” so thin it ran out before the tart was cut. It had a good flavor but an unappealing texture. The ice cream suffered from similar issues. The chai flavor was pronounced and lovely–and blissfully not too sweet–but the texture was more like granita than ice cream and somewhat chalky in the mouth.
|Vegan chai ice cream|
|Raw tart with fresh berries|
|Freaking amazing vegan carrot cake|
Having dined at Leaf many times, I am clearly a fan, but I will add that the food tends to fall into the “this is fabulous” category or the “this is a miss” category. If you end up with a “miss” they are happy to swap it out, by past experience, and I applaud the continued focus on seasonal, flavorful, meat-free cuisine. If you are trying to convince a carnivore that vegetarian and vegan food can be delicious, take them to Leaf and order up some Buffalo Seitan, some enchiladas, and of course, that cake…they will be converted to the cause.
Thanks for reading,