Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Lunchtime Blues Vegetarians? Not at Rangoli by Alyssa Dawson

Reposted with permission by Alyssa Dawson
Well I’m going to narrow down those choices for you.  If you have a 30 minute lunchbreak and need a great bite to eat to keep you inspired for the rest of the day, check out VJ’s sister restaurant, Rangoli.
I went today, and was in and out in under 10 minutes, but I never felt rushed.  Even on a to-go order like mine, service was fantastic.  I was taken to a comfortable seat to wait and brought water (as if I wasn’t already salivating enough with the unbelievable fragrant aroma).  And then before I knew it, my food was brought to me with a smile.  I now know that smile essentially said ‘This is your new addiction. You’ve been warned.’
Portobello Red Pepper Curry @ Rangoli
When I got back to my office and opened up the paper bag, I saw beautifully vibrant colours that completely pulled me into the dish: a portobello, red pepper curry with a beet salad and naan bread.  I have successfully polished it off now, and I can tell you, you get your $13.50 worth; it did the unthinkable – my bottomless pit (a.k.a. my stomach) is full!  The beet salad offered up a crisp texture and palate cleanser for the curry filled with huge chunks of portobello mushrooms, red bell peppers, and creamy paneer (Indian cheese which tastes quite a bit like cottage cheese believe it or not). Truly a fantastic dish for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.  The only bit of criticism I could throw in would be that the naan bread was slightly rubbery, but seeing as it was 20 minutes until I got back to my office, I’ll give Rangoli the benefit of the doubt and put that one on the traveling Cuisine Queen.
All in all a fantastic lunch excursion in Downtown Vancouver.  (4.5/5 Crowns)
Location: 1488 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
If you have any tips, questions, or fab finds of your own, let your local Cuisine Queen know! xx

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