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Pulp Kitchen - Queen East

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Pulp Kitchen - Queen East

Matt & Alyssa | Sep 28, 2005 03:27 PM

We were torn between the ever-reliable Dangerous Dan’s glutinous burger joint, or the opposite - something healthy and vegan, so we went against the grain (or with it?) of our carnivorous instincts and pulled up a chair at Pulp Kitchen – Juice Bar & Healthy Eatery.

At first glace the menu appears a little carb-heavy; lots of breads and wraps, grains and oats and an egg less omelet… what? But read a little further and you’re sure to find something that appears appetizing to you. Our pleasant server was quick to introduce an exciting fresh juice menu from which we ordered a litre of Pink Drink ($8.75): a mixture of grapefruit, strawberries and banana; tasty, but heavy on the citrus and not enough banana.

Cream of Celery Soup with cilantro and garlic croutons was the featured broth of the day ($4.95), but it was hard to distinguish between this and the contents of our water glasses. I dove deep to find some sign of flavour in the soup, but I left wondering if there was any garlic in the kitchen to cook with. A correction for the menu: omit Cream, and replace with Soy of Celery Soup. In any event, it was terrible.

Along with our soup we ordered Baked Herbed Home Fries ($3.25); a healthy serving of beautiful gourmet potatoes with (I’m assuming) homemade ketchup. They were alright, but I added a lot of salt in order to get past their dry texture.

I hate to kick a dead horse (sorry if this offends), but I must talk about the dumplings. The dumplings ($5.95) looked like something between a bite of tortilla bread and not a dumpling at all, supposedly filled with veggie and tofu pieces but once bit into, reveal something more like a teaspoon of unidentifiable matter… or perhaps the soy mash? (as seen on menu)

When you read the words Chocolate Cake ($2.50) how do you feel? I think of a piece of glowing, dark brown, rich and creamy delicious goodness. The price is right, but the cake - a dense, tasteless block of brown – is wrong. We had to literally suck the inside of our mouths in order to taste the “chocolate”.

In closing, I have to say that there were other customers who were obviously regulars, and knew the good dishes. I will confess that I wanted to eat other people’s lunches and that maybe we did not order the right items. But for someone who is unfamiliar with vegan-cuisine, I am unimpressed with it so far. I wanted to experience some good vegan-food, and not a form of flax burger created to confuse the mind into thinking it was eating beef. The juice was good. But in the restaurant business it is important for every item on the menu to taste good whether it is $5.00 or $20.00.

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