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Udipi Cafe, Sunrise, Fl

Published August 26, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

Udipi Cafe was actually Thomas’ find, though I had seen it listed on before. We were heading over to Tate’s comics, which is just a little north of here, and he went through the trouble of looking up some veggie places that were close by. It’s a good thing he did, because we were starving.

When we walked in, it was around 5, and it was clear that we were some of their first dinner customers for the day. This actually worked in our favor because the host/waiter was able to take time to discuss the menu with us. Udipi is ENTIRELY VEGETARIAN. I noticed that some of the entrees on the menu were clearly marked vegan, but it was harder to discern what else was from the rest. He helped to explain the menu, but after figuring out our main dishes, we were still at a loss for an appetizer. If you’re not really familiar with Indian food, the descriptions are not enough to go on, because a lot of them sound similar. We decided to go with the sampler. He explained that it came with paneer, and I said that was okay, as long as he pointed out to me where it was and if any of the sauces were non-vegan.

First came this wonderful soup. I don’t really know what was in it, but it was delicious and Thomas’ bowl had a piece of squash!

Next came our sampler. To my surprise and pleasure he announced that they had made a totally vegan sampler for us and skipped the paneer. Again, I’m not sure what everything was but the rings were onions, and the little pieces of bread had slices of potato. The long skinny green bean looking ones were actually chiles, and I ate the small one trying to figure it out. I got it when the heat started to build. Thomas ate the larger one, and I guess it wasn’t as spicy. The doughnut shaped one was made from lentils and the big round things and fried cake were the best. The sauces were all delicious. A mint and a coconut, and savory and sweet ones. I’m sorry I don’t know more about it to give you better descriptions, but this trip has piqued my interest.

Assorted Appetizers varied combination of medhu vada, potato, samosa, vegetable cutlet, pakores served with multi kinds of sauce $9.95

Then came all of our food. Our two entrees on either side of what we figured was a shaved fennel something, because we had a similar “slaw” if you will, at Mary’s recently! It came with an enormous amount of white rice, which I pushed over to Thomas, and I ordered some bread / Chapathy soft, thin baked whole wheat $2.95, not pictured.

Thomas’ on the left: 16. Tofu Mutter Makhni Kajoo ( Jain, Vegan) cubes of tofu, garden fresh, green peas, whole cashews cocked in tomato basil sauces $10.95

and mine on the right: 17. Tofu Ya Aloo & Channa ( Jain, Vegan) chunks of tofu, idaho potatoes & chick peas cooked in mild spicy sauce $10.95

Both of these dishes were incredible. I really liked the sauce on the left. It was sweeter, but I also really liked mine, and we both love chickpeas, I think we both agreed that they both should’ve had them! hah. We stuffed our selves silly and still had plenty for leftovers. Everything was wonderful and fresh and our server was very helpful and patient.

I would definitely recommend checking them out! I can’t wait to go back and explore some more. I especially love that they were able to accommodate me without a big explanation! YUM & YAY! : )

Darbster for Chef Seth’s 1 year anniversary

Published May 19, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

Last week my lazy, don’t feel like cooking, night coincided with Chef Seth’s 1 year anniversary at Darbster. I had seen artichoke fondue on the menu that day too, and the weather just happened to be perfect for some al fresco dining. It was dimly lit outside, and my phone was dying, so I apologize in advance for the less than stunning photographs! ; )

The artichoke dip was made with cheddar & mozzarella Daiya and served with what I think were gluten free chips? Delicious! I literally scraped every little last bit of this up. I used to LOVE fondue, as well as artichoke dips, so this was a little bit of both. I’ll definitely be trying my hand at one of these at home!

For dinner, I had the “steak” tacos. I had been wanting to try these since my last visit, and also had a craving for beans & rice earlier in the day, so this was the perfect meal, served with salsa, vegan sour cream, guacamole and a side of black beans & brown rice. (Even though I’m cuban and my family loves white rice, I always avoided it. It wasn’t until I discovered brown rice that I got to love the combination.) SO GOOD! The steak bits were really flavorful, and Chef Seth explained that all that extra goodness comes from the marinating that they do with all their Gardein.

I also got to try one of the dinner specials, the Cantonese Chick’n dish. It was pretty amazing. The sauce was wonderful, and again, the chick’n was well seasoned and not reminiscent of it’s straight out of the freezer counterparts.

Even after all this food, and stuffing myself thoroughly on it, I was still going to order dessert, only in a box to go! But before I got to figure out which, they brought out sliced pieces of Chef Seth’s [surprise] anniversary cake, complete with chocolate ganache strawberries on top. Thanks for including me in your celebration, guys! : )

Darbster is located at 8020 South Dixie Highway – West Palm Beach, Florida 33405. Open Wednesday through Sunday. Telephone – 561-586-2622

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