Thursday, October 13, 2011

Terrible Pie and Excellent Tofu


I had an annoying morning at work yesterday and also was so hungry I ate my packed lunch (soup and crackers) at 10 AM. I figured this all justified a trip to the Green Door vegetarian buffet which happened to be on my way to my next appointment.

This restaurant has been around forever and people in Ottawa have mixed feelings about it. It's kind of hippie-ish and the food on offer is pretty much the same all the time, but I still like it. On my plate you see their classic tofu broccoli stirfry, which is always delicious, a newer noodle dish, some big beets, avocado salad, and kale salad. And what's that in the background? Why it's the worst vegan pumpkin pie I've ever eaten! Sorry Green Door bakers, but that pie was flavourless and the crust was hard as a rock. The rest of my food was good, though.

J.

8 comments:

meghanhairdo said...

i was there tonight and saw someone take the pie back up!! it wasn't just you, apparently!

tweal said...

I am surprised - their desserts are usually pretty good! They have a pretty amazing potato salad too.

Anonymous said...

Their main dishes are always good but I've learned to stay away from the dessert and bread. The Table on Wellington is much better in my opinion.

Hilary said...

I question if the people who run the Green Door are actually passionate about vegetarian food or just stuck in a timewarp... it's like they don't even realize the world has moved on from the Moosewood Cookbook! I mean, it's sort of charming in its own way, but you go somewhere like Ottolenghi in London and see how they take salads and veg side dishes to a whole new level of gourmet... and by comparison the Green Door is kinda tragic :(

Jennifer (It Ain't Meat, Babe) said...

You're totally right, it is very timewarpy/hippie in there. There's certainly a huge portion of Ottawa that fears change! :) Luckily we're getting more vegan/vegetarian places these days and there's more interesting food elsewhere if you're not in the mood for the tofu stir fry they've been serving for over a decade.

cell said...

Green Door isn't meant to be "gourmet". It's very much home-style cooking and I don't see this as tragic. perhaps it lacks variety, but if you are after gourmet, you should try Zen's Kitchen

Jennifer (It Ain't Meat, Babe) said...

I like the Green Door food just fine, as I said in my post. And home-style or not, the pie just wasn't very good, where as I usually find their desserts quite tasty. And yes, I eat at Zen Kitchen quite often when I'm looking for something fancier.

cell said...

My post wasn't in response to your comment about the pie, which may very well have been bad. I was replying to Hilary's comment about Green Door being stuck in a timewarp. My point is simply that a place doesn't have to serve fancy food to be good. It's just not the right place if you are looking for gourmet.