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Posted by Nancy Adams on 11/09/2013
I traveled to Philadelphia to eat the food I read about in the Vedge cookbook. It was a revelation. the tastes and presentation were a level or two above what I expected from the book. The sauces flavors were deep and perfectly matched to the 'main' vegatable. My carnivore husband was satisfied and full. On 11/7/13, our favorites were the shaved brussel sprouts and hearts of palm.
Posted by VR on 08/27/2013
We are from Chicago and, as vegetarians, have tried lots of restaurants that are either vegetarian or veg-friendly. We were so looking forward to our meal at Vedge, as it has been touted as one of the best vegan restaurant in the US. There were 4 of us and between us we sampled roughly 12 dishes, nearly half of their menu. While the food was generally good, though a couple of dishes were so unappetizing that we sent most of it back, overall the food was just ok. The restaurant is located in a very nice area and the ambiance is excellent--great for going out with friends or a special date. The service was cordial, but not particularly attentive or knowledgeable. Getting back to the food, there is an obsession with the chefs for putting smoke flavoring in many dishes. I checked and over one-third of the menu items (8 out of 21 in their current menu, 8.23.13) have smoke flavoring. Roughly a third of our plates had smokey flavoring. it is as if they feel that most of their diners are steak and burger eaters that are trying something different, so they want to give them the feeling that they are in their usual haunts. Either that or the owners have a stake (no pun intended) in the smoke flavoring business. Really, why mask the flavors of all the lovely fresh ingredients with smokey flavor. It is so overwhelming in some of the items. Among the items that we tasted are: -Chilled cucumber avocado soup: One of the better items. Tastes like diluted raita that you would get at an Indian restaurant, but with a drizzle of the oil that one finds in a jar of Indian mango pickle. -Heirloom tomatoes, whipped white eggplant: probably the best item that we had. -Wood grilled sweet potato paté, grain mustard: tolerable, but lacking in flavor except for the mustard, which was very nice. -Saffron cauliflower soup: Good, but tasted like more finely chopped and watered down version of a cauliflower curry from an Indian restaurant. -Carrots shawarma style: Sent most of it back. Carrots were nice farm fresh, but the smoky flavoring just ruined them. -Spicy grilled tofu: Just ok. The smoked miso did not do much for me. -Hawaiian hearts of palm: Again, just ok. My son ate little over half of it, and there were no takers for the rest. I think you get the idea. After experiencing the dinner, we opted to not try the desert.
Posted by Jeanie H on 05/22/2012
The food was very disappointing. My appetizer was like a dead plant thrown on a plate. The portions were very small and not satisfying. A very far cry from Horizons. If I go again, I will sit at te bar and order the fried potatoes.
Posted by Mill From Phil on 05/05/2012
Enjoyed every aspect of meal. Amazing brussels sprout appetizer. great ambience. healthful food. great selection with both meat substitutes like tofu and seitan, as well as creative vegetable dishes that blew me away. Will be coming back again and again. Thanks!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/19/2012
I was blown away by the food. Period. I am a staunch supporter of many of Philadelphia's finer establishment and i always swear by a great steak. I loved it. I still dont believe the cheesecake is cheeseless.
Posted by LCV on 02/02/2012
We are newly converted vegans and were looking for a classy place with great food. We found all that at Vedge. Fabulous menu with lots of variety and amazing flavors and textures. The converted Deux Cheminées into Vedge was a great choice in location and the design is modern yet cozy and incredibly appealing. The bartender, a young man who's name i can't remember, was both charming and very knowledgeable about the menu. The owner was also quite charming, accessible and very gracious. This will be our once-a-week dinning treat. Thanks for finally creating a vegan restaurant worthy of eating out in Center City!