Today, I’m sharing with you my review of a vegetarian/vegan restaurant called The Pomegranate Café here in Ahwatukee, Arizona. In a part of the country known primarily for its authentic Mexican cuisine (which I also love), it isn’t always easy to find healthy eats that cater to our plant-based lifestyle. When I have the chance to try something new here in the valley, I really relish the opportunity to eat high-quality food that will ultimately inspire me in my own kitchen.
TPC, a mother/daughter created concept, is located in a bustling strip center in the east valley of Phoenix. It is a charming establishment—as I’m finding many vegetarian/vegan restaurants are—with reclaimed wood tables, mason jar lights, fresh flower centerpieces, and images of plants displayed on the walls. I could hear Bad Religion playing in the kitchen and the young people on staff appeared to really embrace the way of life that comes with plant-based eating.
The menu at TPC is lengthy and diverse. I really appreciate choices, especially when it comes to plants. I was happy to see that they indicated when an item was raw (not cooked above 118 degrees) and even when an item’s proceeds went to charity. While just about everything looked absolutely delicious, after watching a powerful documentary called An Apology to Elephants, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to play a small role in helping the elephants in need; I ordered the Elephant Bowl Curry.
The curry was a little spicy for me, but I’ve admitted before to being a total wimp. 🙂 This rendition had a variety of vegetables and sat atop one of my favorite super foods, quinoa. It wasn’t much unlike my own curry formula.
Travis ordered a Macro Bowl, which I don’t see here on their online menu. It was also fantastic and a harmonious pairing between raw and cooked elements, from tofu to black beans to kale to seaweed. It came with a zesty lime macadamia pesto that reminded me of my pesto formula; I now have a new combo idea!
In case you were wondering, Nolan had an almond butter sandwich on whole grain brain with fresh fruit and a vegan cookie. Once we saw his cookie, Travis and I knew we needed dessert for ourselves. All of the pastries at TPC are vegan, but don’t taste like it. Rich, sweet, buttery, and filling, I needed to take the rest of my “cheesecake” home. That’s a raspberry vanilla slice below, along with Travis’s selection, a play on an Almond Joy candy bar. Both were, in a word, impressive.
What was not so impressive, however, was the service. While the staff was friendly and knowledgeable, they were inattentive to detail, bringing our dinners out at three different times (Nolan, me, then Travis) and messing up simple orders (green tea instead of mint, Almond Joy instead of Snickers). Being that we were one of three tables occupied on the 4th of July, I wouldn’t have expected it too much of a challenge. You win some, you lose some; I’d come back for the food any day.
TPC: Take out rather than dine in, but definitely try it. Double check the bag and enjoy eating green.