Finding restaurants that serve vegan food that is creative and classy is hard to find. Especially in Dallas, Texas! We stumbled upon The Creek Cafe’s Vegan Night event on Facebook and were astonished by our experience.
Whether you are vegan or not, more and more restaurants are serving options to diners that have dietary restrictions. Not only are they serving up options, but they are delicious and healthy.
The Creek Cafe, a local American eatery, has taken up the vegan challenge by hosting Vegan Night every Wednesday. This restaurant offers American entrees but with a Japanese twist. Think elevated comfort food that is fresh and organic!
Creek Cafe’s vegan tasting menu is available at $35 per person not including alcohol, beverage, and tax. You can make a reservation here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-creek-cafe-18001852005
Course 1 - Vegan Sushi
To start, we had vegan sushi with Japanese pickles and beans from a Japanese gingko tree. The sushi itself was made up of a tomato draped over a ball of brown rice. This simple dish was packed with flavor…it even surprised us.
Course 2 - Butternut Squash Soup
The second course of the tasting was an unbelievably creamy, but cream-less, roasted butternut squash soup. The soup is finished with coconut cream and toasted pecans. This soup was smooth and silky. A delight to eat during the winter months.
Course 3 - Roasted Grits w/ Shishito Pepper Miso, Sautéed Kale, Carrot Lape, and Burdock Root w Sautéed with Soy Sauce and Sesame Seeds
The third course might look small but it is mighty. We were amazed by the flavor profiles in this dish. The carrot lape and burdock root were favorites for us. Carrot lape is a type of slaw and burdock root.
We loved root sampling the most! We learned that this type of vegetable is used in a lot of Japanese cooking for stews and stir-fries. The root itself has a sweet flavor. The chefs at The Creek Cafe choose to cook it with soy sauce. That gave the root the prefect balance of sweet and savory!
Course 4 - Sushi Cake with Grilled Veggies
The final, main course of the tasing was a sushi cake. No, we are not talking about dessert. Vegan sushi cake is sushi rice molded and decorated with vegetables to look like cake.
Course 5 - Mini Cake Series (Blueberry Chocolate Cake, Matcha Mousse and Strawberry Cheesecake)
For dessert we tried a mini cake trio. Our favorite was the strawberry cheesecake. To us, the cheesecake tasted like a strawberry shortcake. We haven’t had a shortcake in years, so we were pleasantly surprised and satisfied.
All-in-all this tasting was a symphony of flavors and textures that are both robust yet light and crisp. We highly recommend you try Vegan Night or pop into the cafe for lunch. Their regular menu entrees are worth a try as well.
Until Next Time,
“Your life is happening now. Make it amazing!”