Monday, February 20, 2017

Planta Disappointment...I mean review

Sooo... I finally tried Planta last night. It's one of the newer plant-based restaurants in Toronto. I'm pretty disappointed with the meal I had, the Habibi Salad Bowl. Let me say, there was a lot more salad than I expected considering the description doesn't even mention a bed of leafy greens, let alone a whole bowl full of them.

Here's the description of my dish according to the website:
cauliflower cous-cous, split pea fritters, lentils, parsley, mint, coriander, currants, sumac, za'atar, tahini dressing

For the roughly two hours I was at Planta I felt like a cow in a field chewing on grass. I could barely engage in conversation while I had this huge pile of greens to consume with an abysmally scarce amount of cauliflower cous-cous sprinkled in the bowl. To be honest, my meal felt like a big joke. If I had wanted to eat an entire package of spring mix, I could have bought a package at the grocery store for much less money. And not paid $17 plus tax and a tip.

What added insult to injury was when I looked at a Toronto Life review of the restaurant only to see my dish featured with a photograph....

Toronto Life photo
Compare that to the photo I took of my meal last night. Let me reiterate that this is the same dish...

My photo. Spot the difference!

I'm not sure if the difference between the two has to do with the fact that I'm somewhat young looking or that I don't work for Toronto Life, but I'm not happy either way. If you're running low on cous-cous, ya know what, just let me know and I'll order something else. If you don't want to expend your resources on me because you don't think I'm be a big spender, shame on you.

While I enjoyed the evening with friends, I don't think I'll be returning to Planta anytime soon.

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