Horizons in Philadelphia
Well, our oven is broken, I have a nasty cold, and it’s the time of year where I’m tired of winter food, but it isn’t quite time for spring and summer produce yet, so meals have consisted of a lot of packaged food and soup. I have tested a couple of recipes, but I only have a photo for one of them. I know, so many excuses.
My husband, C* and I took a trip up for Philadelphia a few weeks ago to see a Death Cab for Cutie show, and eat at a couple of restaurants. Our first stop, the night of the show was Horizons. I’ve wanted to eat there for a while, since I’ve heard lots of good reviews. It’s nice to be able to order anything off of the menu, and not worry about whether the ingredients are vegan. I suppose I can’t really complain too much because the DC are has a nice (and ever-expanding) variety of vegetarian restaurants, and restaurants that offer vegan options. Horizons is nice, though, because everything on the menu is vegan, and it’s a little more upscale, so it’s a rare treat.
I had a mojito, to start, and yes, it really was that big. While we were waiting for our appetizers, the server brought us some focaccia and herbed olive oil. I had to stop myself from eating too much bread because I wanted to save room for the meal, but it had a wonderful flavor and texture. I didn’t want to lug my DSLR along, and all I have are camera phone photos, so sorry for the lack of quality. I took photos of everything, but some of the photos are just too blurry to share.
We ordered two appetizers, the Jamaican BBQ Seitan, and the Vietnamese Bruschetta. They were both really good, but everything about the seitan was amazing. I don’t know how they create seitan that has the texture of pulled [not-vegan] barbeque, but if I could have taken a bucket of the stuff home with me, I definitely would have. It was cooked perfectly, with little charred bits here and there, and the sauce was incredible. We wished we’d gotten another order to go. I wish I was eating it right now. The seitan didn’t arrive with the big smear of sauce, C* was just a little too excited and grabbed some before I could snap a photo.
I ordered the Pacific Rim Grilled Tofu, which came with edamame mashed potatoes and trumpet mushrooms in a miso broth, and C* ordered the Pan-Seared Peppercorn Tofu, which came with creamed leeks and mushrooms, and some sort of Israeli couscous pilaf with tiny seared tomatoes. Both of our dishes were just indescribably delicious. Everything tasted very fresh, and was well-prepared, and perfectly cooked. The meal was rich and satisfying without being overly greasy. My tofu tasted like it had been prepared on a charcoal grill, but I didn’t think to ask at the time because I was too busy eating. I usually avoid mushrooms at all costs, but I had some of the creamed mushrooms and leeks from C’s plate, and could have eaten a lot more. We also ordered a side of sauteed spinach with a lemon-garlic aioli, which was also cooked perfectly, and I’m picky about spinach. There is nothing worse than a pile of overcooked, grassy tasting, mushy greens.
We were in a hurry to get to the show, so I ordered the Cherry Pie Cheesecake to go, and didn’t get a photo of it, but it was one of the best vegan cheesecakes I’ve had. The crust was tasty, it was creamy, tangy, just firm enough, and topped with lots of sweet, dark cherries. I can’t wait to go back.