Sunday, October 22, 2006

Sacred Chow Brunch

We liked our dinner so much we decided to return to Sacred Chow to try their brunch. It’s located at 227 Sullivan St in Manhattan.

Better Than Biscuits & Gravy w/ Tempeh Strips
Wow. This dish knocked me off my feet. I mean, not literally, because I was in a chair when I ate it. But it was really, wonderfully good. The bottom layer consisted of flakey, delicious biscuits. Above that was a layer of steamed collards. I mentioned in our last review that Sacred Chow gets the texture of their collards just right, and that's true again here. The next layer up was scrambled tofu. Now, I'm not a scrambled tofu connoisseur, so I can't really compare this scrambled tofu with any other, but I can tell you that I really liked it. It was flavorful and there was chopped onion in it and the texture was satisfying and it really kind of reminded me of eggs, but in a good way, not a gross way. The next layer up was a white gravy sprinkled with some paprika. The gravy wasn't too strong or overpowering, but it added just the right creaminess and savoriness to the dish. Combine all those layers on one forkful and you have soul, comfort-food brunch at it's finest. You also get a choice of salad, greens or fruit, and I picked the fruit. I think that was a good choice because the sweet freshness of the fruit offsets this dish nicely. And I also got a side of smoked tempeh which was good but in retrospect the dish was good enough on it's own that I didn't even need a side. -Jim

Banana Bread French Toast w/ Home Fries & Tempeh Strips
I don’t know why I wasn’t expecting actual banana bread. I mean they said so right there on the menu, but did I pay attention? Noooo. So I was surprised when I got a big ol’ cakey hunk of banana bread. Not that I minded. At all. The banana bread was warm and delicious and the blueberries on top were really good with it. What made everything better was a sprinkling of cinnamon. It was a small and subtle addition but it made this dish taste fantastic. Also wonderful were the home fries. They were perfect all around- golden and salty and seasoned just right. I’m not the worlds biggest tempeh fan, but I really enjoyed the tempeh strips. They too were seasoned just right and they were sliced very thin so they crisped nicely. All in all, this was a perfect way to start the day -Ev

The Bottom Line
It’s official. I’m a Sacred Chow stalker. I daydream about all the delicious things I can eat there, and wonder if the Tapas ever think of me (even though we’ve only met once). Even when we were eating brunch I couldn’t help but spy on what the dinner specials were going to be. Dinner was great the other night, and Brunch today was amazing, maybe even better. ::sigh:: I wonder what Sacred Chow is doing right now… -Ev
Is it a little weird that we reviewed ths same restaurant twice in a row? Yes. But it’s also a testament to how good it is. We enjoyed dinner so much on Monday that we were dying to come back and try their brunch, and rightfully so because it was amazing. This is one of the top three vegan brunches I’ve ever eaten, and one of them was in Portland and another one of them was cooked by our friend Isa at her apartment, which means this is the best vegan brunch I’ve ever had at a New York City restaurant. -Jim


Blogger Vanessa said...

Hey - these photos are looking great. You're making me hungrier than usual!

2:29 PM, October 23, 2006

Anonymous Paula said...

wow. that looks awesome! I definitely want to eat here for brunch and again for dinner. We have to try dessert next time!

3:36 PM, October 23, 2006

Anonymous amy said...

i'm going for brunch with paula and eppy and having BTBAG. i hope it is!

12:09 PM, November 12, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sacred Chow hires as many illegal workers as possible to keep costs down and pays below minimum. Slave labor vegan food.

9:52 PM, August 14, 2007


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