Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Candle Cafe

It has been about six years since I first heard about Candle Cafe's gluten free menu.  Six years!  I can't believe it has taken me so long to finally check it out, but I attribute it to the restaurant being a bit out of the way from my normal routine and how busy it is when I have passed by it before.

Anyway I finally checked out Candle Cafe with my friend Kim last night.  When I first arrived I was a bit early, so I put our name down with the hostess.  Upon walking into the restaurant, an array of "green" smells assaulted me in the best way that one can be assaulted.  I don't think I have ever entered a restaurant that had such a fresh scent to it, not even my favorite vegan restaurant Real Food Daily

The restaurant is cozy but didn't have much of a wait on the Tuesday night we visited.  I had checked out the menu earlier in the day and had an idea of what I wanted to order and, after consulting with the waitress, went ahead and ordered the Mole Baked Tofu.  It sounded like an interesting option and one that would give me an idea of how the restaurant dresses up its tofu plates, an otherwise bland food.

Despite a bit of a mix-up with my order it came out fairly quickly and we dug in to our plates.  My dish came with a heaping pile of quinoa, kale, and two sizeable pieces of tofu topped with avocado.  The dish was plenty large and filling but wasn't all that flavorful.  I found the tofu to be a bit bland and the mole sauce to be lacking in strong flavor.  Kim, however, loved her dish (which wasn't gluten free) so it gives me hope that Candle Cafe may have better options on the menu.  If I do go back to the Cafe, I won't be ordering the Mole Baked Tofu again.

All in all, I had great company but wasn't thrilled with the food and am not sure I'd revisit Candle Cafe.
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Candle Cafe
1307 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10021 (Map)
(212) 472-0970

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