If you happen to be hungry and on tony Larchmont Street but Cafe Gratitude is too much of a scene for your special vegan needs, don’t panic! There’s a brand new vegan menu at Larchmont Bungalow right down the street.
The lovely people at this “Artisan Cafe Bakery & Brew” invited me to come give feedback on the new menu and it was an epic feast!
Here’s a rundown of their new offerings, in order of my own personal preference (though I should say my friends had varying opinions), and my thoughts on it, in one sentence or less.
Vegan Chicken Tostada $12.95
Crispy tostada shells, vegan chicken, black bean puree, Daiya mozzarella, shredded cabbage, guacamole, pico de gallo and ranchero salsa.
This had everything you could ask for in Mexigan food: maximum flavor, crunch, and all the important food groups.
Green Vegan Enchiladas $13.95
Marinated five-grain tempeh, spinach and caramelized onions wrapped in corn tortillas and topped with Daiya mozzarella and homemade tomatillo salsa. Served with black beans.
I hate tempeh, but the spinach and tomatillo salsa are so good this is another Mexigan winner.
Vegan Cobb Salad $12.95
Smokey-maple bacon tempeh, vegan chicken, avocado, chopped tomatoes, daiya mozzarella, and creamy vegan caesar dressing.
This is a helluva salad– I wish it was tossed instead of segregated piles of maybe one two many ingredients, but the dressing is so good it’s worth its weight in printer ink.
Maple Bacon Tempeh Club $12.95
Maple bacon tempeh, tomato, lettuce, avocado and veganaise served on choice of bread with a choice of fries, salad, sweet potato fries or soup..
This club was a table pleaser, and even I, the great tempeh hater, must admit this one has an amazing maple bacon flavor and gives M Cafe’s club a real run for the money.
Vegan Breakfast Burrito $12.95
Marinated tofu and five-grain tempeh, black beans, roasted peppers, caramelized onions and vegan chipotle aioli wrapped in a warm flour tortilla with a side of guacamole.
The best part of this was the side of potatoes– they were so good they should’ve been inside the burrito, though by the time this came I was so painfully full my mouth couldn’t handle its rich, creamy, chipotle-eyness.
Vegan Tofu Scramble
Tofu, mushrooms, caramelized onions, red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, zucchini, daiya mozzarella, and guacamole with fruit salad and toast.
This could be an amazing scramble if only it was actually scrambled and not stir fry’d– take a big fork to that tofu, mash it up and add some turmeric to make it yellow, please! (This is a major pet peeve of mine, if you’re going to try to make and sell something called a vegan scramble, go the extra step and scramble it!)
They offer other things we didn’t try, too, like Vegan Chocolate Chip Pancakes and a Daily Vegan Soup! They also have an extensive tea and coffee selection and a nice cafe vibe.
Six thumbs were upped for the Bungalow. My only beef (ew, puns!) about it is that it’s only open till 9 and you order at the front, right next to of a whole glass case filled with beautiful looking cakes and things and there is not one single Vegan baked good! We like cake, too!