Per usual, the impeccable service started when I called to make the reservation. The hostess was friendly, efficient, and accommodating. Upon arrival, as promised, we were seated at our favorite table (I'm not telling, lest everyone want it) and, as a bonus, Moby was a mere two tables away. It was good to be in the company of another vegan of taste and we thanked the hostess for seating us in the "celebrity section".
|someone headed to a party|
I always look forward to the C79 brunch amuse bouche and this day's was exceptional: chocolate chip muffins!
|2 muffins enjoying the view|
|Fresh from the oven, the chips were still melty!|
As a huge falafel fan, VM couldn't resist the falafel sandwich: a whole wheat pita filled with Isreali salad (diced tomatoes, crunchy onions, etc.) and minted tahini, served with mesclun greens, and quinoa tabouli. I don't know what made the patty orange, and the beauty of eating in an all vegan restaurant is that I didn't care! I really enjoyed this sandwich; yep, I stole half (are you sensing a pattern?).
I ordered VM's selection from a previous visit, the wild mushroom and spring vegetable crepe served with mesclun greens. As the seasons have changed since the last time we ordered this, so too did the fresh vegetables that overflowed from the delicate, ridiculously authentic crepe drizzled with spring garlic aioli. VM liked this even more than the first time, and acquiesced to eating ever so slightly more than her usual taste smidgen.
Lest we be entirely too restrained with our healthy ordering, we augmented our meal with a must have: the crispy polenta fries. Normally served with scrumptious chipotle ketchup, we also ordered creamy horseradish sauce to switch things up. There wasn't a clear winner so we dipped intermittently (but never mixed).
A new favorite of ours is the brunch offering of yukon gold skillet potatoes, also a great vehicle for the chipotle ketchup. They seem simple, but they are wonderful in their simplicity and unapologetic potato-y-ness.
We couldn't, in good conscience, leave without dessert. So,
While VM isn't the chocolate/PB fan that I am, this dessert somehow satisfied both appetites by being just peanut buttery enough, without being overly peanut buttery. I estimate that I could eat twelve of them at a sitting.
Candle 79 is truly a "nice" place, and the spot for when you're feeling like you want to enjoy an experience that is a cut above on every level. Food, service, atmosphere: they've got it all covered.