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Candle 79, NYC

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Second night in New York, we tried the famous all-vegan restaurant Candle 79 on the Upper East Side! First up we have a complimentary wild mushroom crostini with chipotle cream. Delicious.


This was probably our favourite dish (we shared everything). Lobster mushrooms in ravioli with crispy capers. Crispy fried capers have been a snazz-it-up pasta trick of mine for several years, for good reason: they’re delicious. And it’s always fun to try new kinds of mushrooms that I usually find to be prohibitively expensive, or just plain can’t find locally.


This was the other starter we tried: more mushrooms! The “Mushroom Trio.” From left to right, first there’s a mixed mushroom saute with a kind of summer succotash with corn and chipotle cream. Then a sort of oyster mushroom fritto misto, which was pretty much a fried calamari analogue with a lemon wedge. Then grilled lobster mushroom with sundried tomato and hearts of palm. We also loved this plate.


Dad’s entree. Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Cake. This was probably my least favourite dish. Still tasty, but it tasted a bit too much like your standard curry veggie burger.


Mom’s entree. Sorry for the blurry! This was our favourite dish, a classic piccata with lemon and capers, but with a creamier sauce than is usual for a piccata. Delicious sauce, but sooo much seitan! A third of the amount probably would have been sufficient. But then somone else would no doubt complain about the dish not having enough seitan. You can’t win!!


My entree. Caribbean Jerk Spiced Seitan, brown ale black bean sauce, sautéed collard greens, caramelized onions, plantains, mango-papaya salsa, jalapeño-cilantro coulis… This was tasty, too, but again, I think there was a bit of seitan overload. That’s just my taste, I guess! But very special meals nonetheless. A great experience.


Ice cream brownie sundae. Lovely vanilla ice cream; I don’t know what the base was, but it was light and smooth.

I think if we hadn’t been to Dirt Candy the night before, we would have been blown away by this place. We were spoiled! But we really did love this evening. This is a great place!


Written by phdelicious

August 6, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Posted in Meals

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  1. The Sundae! What in the What?! Everything looks so good. I want to go!


    August 7, 2009 at 4:50 pm

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