Last night I ate at Herbivore (22nd and valencia?)
for my first time.
It was very crowded, unlike some of the restaurants in the area. I liked the casual atmosphere and the cheap prices. Wine was very reasonable as well. My friend and I agreed that something simple, like better napkins, could have made a big difference in the atmosphere.....just stepping it up a bit.
We started with some cold spring rolls and a grilled vegetable sampler. The spring rolls were excellent. Obviously just rolled, with fresh crunchy ingredients. Noodles, bean sprouts, carrots, a bit of tofu, but it was the herbs (mint and basil i think) that made them tasty and wonderful. The peanuty sauce (lighter than the usual) was also very good. The vegetable sampler wasn't bad either. Cooked very well, not too hard, not too soft with a choice of three sauces to dip the veggies into.
Sauces left a little more to be desired. Not enough taste and very thin. If they were thicker, you could get a little more with each bite, but as it was they dripped off, adding very little to the overall dish.
We then had a huge green salad, with all kinds of veggies in it. Tasty clean greens, with big chunks of tomatoes and cucumbers. And we finished with a very tasty spicy dish called Curry Coconut Noodles. Serves with roasted peppers and cilantro, this dish was very full in flavor, but a little too spicy and a little too much sauce. The noodles were drowning in it, and by the end of the dish seemed soggy. A couple glasses of wine and the whole thing was only $40 for two people. Not bad.
More exciting however was the dessert. After wandering the neighborhood, (and walking off dinner) we ended up finally going to Mitchells Ice Cream on 30th. WoW! What an experience.
we tasted and tasted before deciding on our pints. They have these tropical flavors that were so wonderful. I had one called Langka, which was a melony flavored orange-colored ice cream . Absolutely delicious. Also tried a coconut, banana and Avocado, of all things. And walked out with a pint of mint and mexican chocolate. Yum.
Love that place and look forward to trying more tropical flavors.