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Vegetate - Short Review

Adam | Jan 21, 2006 10:17 AM

Decided I was in the mood for vegetarian food last night so I decided to stop into Vegetate.

The restaurant is located on the 1400 block of 9th Street NW in DC. It’s the only nice looking building on the block in an “up and coming area.” The area around the restaurant is sketchy, reeks of malt liquor, but in general was pretty quiet and seemed relatively safe since it looks like yuppies are moving into the area by the truckload.

Anyhow…. The restaurant is nice. There is a small seating area downstairs and a bar upstairs. The décor is very minimal – essentially painted walls. We didn’t have a reservation and the restaurant was full, so we opted to eat at the bar upstairs.

Drinks… They make many drinks themselves like a lime soda drink and a homemade ginger ale. Since they don’t have a liquor license (some church up the street is blocking it supposedly – which to me is ridiculous since any little boost to the neighborhood could help) you’re pretty much stuck ordering their homemade sodas. That being said, my wife had one of their homemade ginger ales and it was pretty good. It had a really strong ginger taste and was pretty tasty. It was definitely a different taste than Canada Dry but it was good. I’d recommend it to someone visiting the restaurant. A lot of people were ordering the Lime-Aid and enjoying it, so I might try that the next time.

My wife and I shared two appetizers (they call them small plates). We first had goat cheese polenta cakes. This appetizer included four fried polenta cakes topped with some goat cheese and sun dried tomatoes. It was very good. The polenta was light, nicely fried, and the sun dried tomatoes mixed well with the dish. Secondly, we had the special of the day, which was mushrooms, potatoes, and green beans in some kind of sauce mushroom sauce. This appetizer came with some crostinis to dip into the concoction. The mushrooms were very very tasty and had a lot of deep mushroom flavor. If you like mushrooms, which I do, these were excellent. My only complaint was that the concoction was quite spicy, and the spiciness often overpowered the mushroom flavors.

For a main course (they call it a large plate), the wife and I shared the gnocchi in a pistachio pesto cream sauce. The gnocchi were outstanding, not quite as awesome as the ones I had at Obelisk but very very good. The portion size was excellent. The gnocchi were extremely fresh, light, and melted in your mouth. The sauce was very rich and had a nice mellow flavor that did not overpower the texture and taste of the gnocchi.

Overall, I had a pretty good meal and am interested in trying their brunch at some point. If you’re in the mood for something a little different, I’d check Vegetate out.

Two appetizers + main + two “drinks” was around $45 with tip and tax.

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