New vegan restaurant – Plant – Now open and exceptionally good

August 18th, 2011
Cannoli at Plant

Cannoli at Plant

We’ve been waiting for months for Asheville’s only 100% vegan restaurant, Plant, to open and it’s finally here. And wow is it ever good. The menu is full of old favorites that vegans never get anymore, like onion rings and cannoli(!!!) but with all kinds of unique creations like the black pepper tofu and peppercorn crusted seitan. Every dish looks like a work of art and every bite is a perfect blend of interesting flavors. As far as I’m concerned, the chef at Plant is a genius.

There is even a raw dish on the menu – Enchiladas with summer vegetables, annatto cashew cheese, and cacao mole. It was filling without being completely overwhelmed by nuts (which many raw dishes tend to be).

There was a raw dessert last night too, key lime pie, but I’ll have to try that another time because there was no way I was going to miss the cannoli. One of my favorite treats as a kid in NY state, I thought I’d never have one again. The filling was slightly less firm than I remember, but the taste was right on.

One of my friends, who is a regular meat-eater, ordered the “berger” and truffle fries, which he ate and enjoyed for the most part. The problem though was the texture of the burger – it was very stretchy, like pizza cheese, and freaked him out quite a bit. Seeing as how I long for the stretch of pizza cheese, I actually enjoyed that, but it did seem odd. The flavor was amazing even so, and the corn-crusted onions (aka onion rings) that came with it, were better than I remember onion rings ever being.

Berger and truffle fries at Plant

Berger and truffle fries at Plant

There are a number of gluten-free options at Plant but my biggest complaint is that they were not labeled on the menu. I hope that can be remedied soon.

I really can’t say enough good things about Plant. It was some of the best food I’ve had in a long time, the owners were welcoming and attentive, and I left there feeling perfectly full without feeling weighed down. All the food is fresh and made from scratch. It’s my new favorite.


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4 Responses to “New vegan restaurant – Plant – Now open and exceptionally good”

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  2. Aunt Kathie Says:

    That cannoli brings back memories of my days in New York and a little place (not vegan) on the Lower East Side that had been in business forever and made AWESOME cannoli. I do miss New York sometimes.

  3. Jami Says:

    I found Plant to be tasty (if a little expensive! Oy!). But for me, I don’t always want a fake meat. I can’t tell who their audience is supposed to be. Meat eaters who want a healthy night out? Vegans looking for junk food?

    I got the pepper crusted seitan and it was so much like fried chicken I almost found it a little gross.

    I haven’t been vegan very long, but so far I tend to prefer foods that aren’t meat or cheese of their own merits rather than fake meat/cheese.

    I still think I like Laughing Seed better, but I did think it was good. And I’m thrilled to have the option!

  4. Melissa Crowe Says:

    What truly impressed me at Plant was the ice cream; I had banana macadamia nut, and it knocked my socks off. And we were thrilled to discover it was coconut milk based, since my husband has a soy allergy. Yum! (The hummus plate is tasty, too–how do you smoke hummus? I’d like to figure out how to do that at home.)

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