Monday, January 21, 2013

A Beautiful Meal From Bella Luna Restaurant

On a snowy night at the end of 2012, my family headed to a swanky restaurant/lounge called Bella Luna, which had a fun, outer space decor, as well as a relaxing, cozy atmosphere. The menu was vast and filled with endless possibilities, which thankfully included many vegan options. It also included a wide range of cuisines, from Mexican to Italian to American.

We began with a Peruvian dish, which was veganized: the Hearts of Palm Ceviche ($8).

This dish was very good. The hearts of palm had a lovely bitter taste, which was contrasted by the luscious, juicy tomatoes. The citrus vinaigrette was both tangy and cooling. The plantain chips had a subtle sweet taste and were very crispy.

Next, I had my entree: Grilled Stuffed Avocado ($15).

This dish was spectacular. The avocado was grilled to perfection and retained its rich, buttery taste. The avocado was stuffed with a hearty lentil concoction, which had a savory flavor. The red bell peppers mixed in added a slight sweetness to the dish. The grilled zucchini on top had a burnt charcoal taste and was lightly coated in oil.

Overall, the food was very good. It was quite refreshing to go to a restaurant that doesn't rely on processed food to create flavorful dishes. My only complaint was the lack of vegan dessert option, except for sorbet. We used a Groupon voucher which we purchased for $20 and was worth $40. This provided a significant discount and made the pricy food a little more reasonable. I would return again, but probably not without a deal.

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