Every now and then, I like to try a different type of cuisine; (a) because I want to appear open-minded and adventurous and (b) because, well, food is food. My most recent adventure was to a vegan restaurant located just behind Hyde Park, called Bodhi Bar and Restaurant. I'll be honest: coming from a family of carnivores, I was a bit apprehensive about eating at a vegan restaurant. However, I'll candidly admit that the night turned out to be a pleasant surprise. For a set price of $35, my friends and I were treated to a vegan banquet that served to tantalise and tempt all sorts of tastebuds.
The first course was entrees, which consisted of spring rolls and vegetarian dumplings (all made without ginger or garlic), beans, steamed mushrooms and tempura prawns, all of which were so good I was nearly full by the time the mains rolled out. These main courses changed my entire perspective on vegan food. There were platters heaped with imitation sweet and sour chicken, mushrooms stuffed with couscous, a satay chicken and asparagus dish, fried eggplant and steamed vegetables. To top it all off, there was even vegan ice-cream, and a vegan birthday cake.
The food was all delicious, fresh and plentiful, and the restaurant's simple yet elegaic décor gave the evening a touch of class. The fact that all the foods were vegan, and made from organic ingredients in an ethical way, turned out to be a bonus – an extra-delicious bonus! Needless to say, vegan cuisine is one of my new favourites.