I hadn't been to Vegetate in Shaw for a while. Last night we went for dinner and I thought it was one of the best meals I've had in a long time.
I started with the mung bean and eggplant fritters. They were similar to falafal, but more flavorful than you usually find, and were perfectly cooked. My main course was the smoked black tea polenta with heirloom bean ragout. Wow. The tea gave a dark, smokey flavor to the polenta, which was cooked crisp. The ragout was well seasoned with corriander and tomato. I finished with a chocolate terrine which was silky smooth, if a little dense, and accompanied with little citrusy bits that provided a sharp counterpoint.
Being a meat eater, I tend to be suspicious of vegetarian cooking - too many 1980's experiences of watery stuffed peppers and brown rice dishes from the Moosewood collective. But this was extremely creative and satisfying on any level. My only complaint was the wine list - a little overpriced, and geared toward southern hemisphere producers.