(Originally written August 21, 2014)
So I had vegan food today, and hey, it’s actually not bad! It’s not something I’d do every day, but I figure that if I’m gonna eat something with no meat, it better resemble meat as closely as possible. Hence, the Philly cheese seitan at Hogtown Vegan:
To their credit, it actually looked like meat. Not the thinly-shaved ribeye you’d find in a cheesesteak, mind you; more like gyro meat, which I’m pretty sure still has some beef in it. Of course, this dish was completely beef-free. I’d say it also had the texture of a gyro, and a nice dash of seasoning…but it certainly didn’t taste like steak. And I’m not sure the cheese sauce really reminded me of cheese, though it certainly was messy! On the other hand, the fries were pretty much your standard fries, cuz hey, you can’t vegan those up, eh?
Alas, while I came away satisfied with the overall edibleness of the meal, I will say that the tatooed-hipster service at the Bloor St. W eatery left a little to be desired–which is to say, it was rudimentary at best. The place wasn’t even all that busy, but I did not see a server between the time we received our food and the time we finished eating. Hey, I mighta had another beer or two (Mill St Organic, natch) there, instead of hitting up some hipster bar down the street, had they been a bit more attentive. (Said server also would’ve received a more respectable tip to go towards her latest performance-art piece.)
I will say this: I’ve got a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste right now, and I don’t think it’s from the Mill St. Organic…
Hogtown Vegan, 1056 Bloor St. W (East of Dufferin). Philly Cheese Seitan, $13.