I figured there is no better way to start this blog than with a review of one of Philadelphia’s newest and most popular vegan restaurants. I went to Vedge in the first week of October. My expectations were high. I had heard so many great things about this place, including that the head chef cooked for Bill Clinton recently. Maybe my expectations were too high, because I have to say I wasn’t that impressed.
Here are a couple of things to know about Vedge before you go. First, it is an all vegan restaurant. Second, it is tapas (small plates) and it isn’t cheap. I don’t mind spending money on good food but just want to warn people out there. If you plan on ordering dessert you can expect to pay about $60 a person, add wine to the mix and you are looking at about $80 or more per person.
Now for the food. I ordered 3 tapas. Reviews of each below:
1) wood grilled sweet potato paté, grain mustard, jerk cashews, toast – looked like peanut butter when it came out. They gave you two small pieces of toast to eat it on. Lacked flavor. Was very unimpressed with this item.
2) salt roasted gold beets, avocado, smoked tofu, rye, capers, creamy cucumber – not as bad as the sweet potato pate, but still wasn’t that great, again I felt like it lacked flavor.
3) autumn squash pierogies, chanterelles, madeira, hazelnut picada (in photo) – I couldn’t even finish these. They tasted like burnt butter, which I know they don’t use, so not sure what it was.
So yea you could say I wasn’t a fan of the food. The dessert, however, was AMAZING!!! I got the sticky butter toffee with pumpkin ice cream. It was to die for. I could have eaten 10 of those and skipped all the rest.
In all fairness to Vedge I was there with 11 other people and they all loved their food and said it was amazing (they did agree though that what I ordered was not so good). So I think I just ordered the wrong items. Everyone loved the tofu, seitan, and a mushroom course that was on the daily specials.
Be warned that service is slow. We were there for about 3 hours, but there was 12 of us total. I still wouldn’t suggest trying to go before a show or other appointment though.
In conclusion, I think I need to try Vedge again. I was not impressed, but how can so many other veggies be wrong? I will try it again in the spring (they switch their menu up seasonally) and re-review when I do.