Monday, June 26, 2017

Food Porn: Cafe Flora isn’t just for Vegetarians

Dynamic vegetarian cuisine featuring local, organic, and sustainable produce.

In this edition of Food Porn, we feature Cafe Flora, an award-winning restaurant celebrating over 20 years in Madison Park serving a vegetarian menu that includes vegan and gluten-free options. Featuring a modern and inventive approach to vegetarian cooking and using locally sourced

ingredients, meat isn’t required to satisfy.

Cafe Flora’s Autumn Gnocchi. Photo by Jennifer Liu.

Fried Avocado is cornmeal dusted avocado fried and served with a trio of dipping sauces. Warm Winter Greens and Fennel Salad features hearty greens with Tieton Farm Feta cheese, berbere spiced pecans, carmelized fennel, and tossed in a warm apple cider vinaigrette. The combination of sweet, salty, crunchy, and creamy creates a satisfying salad.

Mushroom, Leek, & Mascarpone Pizza is loaded with a rich leek ragout, lobster and portabella mushrooms, sweet pickeled peppers, and orange zest infused Mascarpone cheese with fresh arugula and tarragon oil. Gluten-free crust is offered and one of the best around. If you’re looking for autumn on a plate, try the Autumn Gnocchi. Housemade sweet potato gnocchi with sauteed lobster and king oyster mushrooms in a creamy pumpkin sauce with autumn spices, and garnished with fried sage leaves and pepitas.

One of their signature entrees is the Portobello Wellington, a puff pastry filled with leeks, grilled portobello mushroom-pecan pate with creamy mashed potatoes, a Madeira wine sauce and served with seasonal farmers market vegetables. This dish is hearty and rich; you won’ miss meat.


Photos by Jennifer Liu.

Individuals with lactose-intolerance and gluten-free restrictions will rejoice at Head Chef Janine Doran’s dessert menu. The vegan Chocolate Brownie Sundae made with Theo’s bittersweet chocolate and served with housemade praline ice cream is to-die-for. The coconut milk ice cream is creamy and rich, the brownie is dense and chocolately, and the cocoa nib brittle is a hint of bitter to balance the flavors. Another popular sweet treat is the vegan Coconut Layer Cake which features coconut mango cake with vanilla frosting, toasted coconut, and mango coulis.

With “Eggcellent” selections that include a variety of scrambles, morning libations including an Ever Changing Mary, and creative waffles, french toast, and pancakes, their weekend bunch is highly recommended. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on weekdays and 9:00 am to 10:00 pm on weekends. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and features 1/2 off some popular appetizers and cocktail, beer, and wine specials.

The atmosphere is delightful — a garden atrium to the right with natural stone accents, a fountain, and illuminated by natural light and a rustic dining room to the left with beautiful wooden tables and recycled farm decor collected from around Washington state. The waitstaff [Baylie and Tim] are friendly, helpful, and patient with questions and making recommendations about menu items.

Experience Cafe Flora for yourself; you won’t be less than impressed.

Cafe Flora  |    2901 E. Madison St., Seattle  | (206) 325 – 9100

About Jennifer Liu

Despite the rain, Jennifer loves Seattle and is a rare native. From the gorgeous summer weather to the drizzle the other 9 months, this may be her forever home. She graduated from the University of Washington and has a master's degree in counseling psychology. She loves to travel, volunteer, and host themed dinner parties. You can find her eating, hiking, hanging out with her awesome dog, or napping. Ice cream, burgers, and sushi are some of her favorite things.
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