I’ve been curious about Veg Café Bar in Midtown for quite awhile but hadn’t found the right opportunity to connect with this midtown plant-based oasis until now. I had the day off yesterday and thought it would be a good opportunity to have lunch with my friend, Deb, at Veg. Deb had declared the food yummy after her first visit a couple of months ago and was enthusiastic to eat there again.
You enter the restaurant through a well-marked door facing J Street, then up a flight of stairs which opens to a small vestibule and bar area. We timed our arrival for 11 am when the restaurant opens wanting to beat the Friday crowd. We were the first customers and scored a nice table overlooking tree-lined 25th Street.
I really like the comfortable feel of the establishment which is an airy mix of of mod meets zen. There was a ton of local art displayed on the walls creating a nice Sacramento vibe.
The menu offerings all looked really good. The waitperson confirmed that everything on the menu was vegan, but mentioned non-vegan items appear at dinner and brunch.
Our waitperson told us the most popular menu items are the Roasted Veggie Crepe $10 and the Falafel Burger $10. Her favorites on the menu are the Korma Curry Bowl $10 or the Mixed Pakora Platter $9. This kind of information sometimes helps me narrow my ordering choices, but in this case it expanded them and I made the ultimate sacrifice and ordered both the Korma Curry and Falafel Burger, Deb ordered the Roasted Veggie Crepe.
While we waited for the food to arrive we were offered samples of the Blue Butterfly Iced Tea which comes with a slice of lemon and can be ordered sweetened or not. It had a clean but slightly earthy taste and when you squeeze the lemon into the tea it changes color from blue to a pinkish violet. I imagine a tall iced glass of this beverage would be very refreshing on a hot summer afternoon.
The Korma Curry had a wonderful coconut milk flavor with distinctive curry flavor but no heat. The curry was creamy, not heavy or overly rich and was chock full of kale, carrots, onions and potatoes. The rice and lentils were flavorful and moist. The lunch portion was just about perfect.
The Roasted Veggie Wrap was great, I especially liked the delicate turmeric flavored crepe which was filled with bite-sized roasted carrots and potatoes surrounded by a light, creamy panang curry sauce. Very good!
The Falafel Burger consists of a tasty, firm-textured lentil patty on a freshly baked bun! The sandwich is topped with chutney and pickled carrots. Tasty! You won’t go wrong with this burger.
The aroma of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies convinced us to give one a try. It looked better than it actually was. It was very oily in the center and hard on the edges, my best guess is it was over baked.
The overall dining experience at Veg was resoundingly positive. The ambiance is conducive to a relaxed meal with friends and the food was very flavorful and attractively presented. The service was timely and attentive.