Monday, March 1, 2010

Flore

I finally checked out Flore this past Friday; my friend had suggested the restaurant to me a long time ago but we had never been able to visit.  Luckily my friends Rochelle and Anna, along with Anna's sister Lauren, were able to sit down for lunch and finally indulge in Flore Vegan's menu.

My friend recommended the restaurant because it marks many items gluten free.  It's always great to have such an easy time choosing and not worrying about hidden ingredients.

Flore Vegan is in Sunset Junction, a great (and super walkable) area of L.A. that has a lot of unique offerings.  It's a great area for people watching and to pick up interesting trinkets.

I opted for the Portobello Tacos and was pleasantly surprised by the portions at Flore; I certainly was not going to leave this meal hungry.


I particularly enjoyed the taste of the Portobello mushrooms in this dish; they were prepared in a very flavorful sauce and definitely made the meal better.  However the black beans and rice were disappointing, particularly in comparison to Real Food Daily's.  It didn't help that they were served cold.  While I did enjoy the flavor of the portobello mushrooms, the tacos were cumbersome and practically impossible to eat with my hands because of their size.  I found myself separating the foods in the taco because I wasn't able to eat them altogether, and I think the flavor suffered as a result.

I can't say I loved Flore.  I'm glad I checked it out, and it's a terrific option for gluten free vegans that live in the area, but I don't think I would make the trek again with Real Food Daily and Hugo's so close.  I did enjoy the restaurant's outdoor seating, however, which makes it a perfect people watching place.

Do you love it or do you love it?
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Flore Vegan Cuisine
3818 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Map)
323.953.0611

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