Hello people of the internet!
This is the first post of Higher Consciousness Eating. You can read all about it in the about section. Long story short, I’ll mostly be doing vegan restaurant reviews in Los Angeles. I eat out regularly and I’m constantly impressed by the vegan options available here so I thought it’d be nice to share over the internet (obviously because sharing over the internet is always a good idea).
The first restaurant we’re reviewing is Flore. Flore is a little vegan restaurant on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake. Even though it’s in a pretty trendy area, I don’t think many people outside the immediate neighborhood know about it. I actually just recently discovered this place after nearly a year of living on the east side. Anyway, more people should know about this place because it’s hardcore!
Just kidding, the vibe is actually pretty casual, like a cafe. Lots of lighting inside but also outside seating. Succulents and cacti everywhere!
There isn’t a designated area for the host so when you walk in, you’re immediately standing amongst other people eating. There also isn’t an obvious place for you to order so on my first visit I awkwardly stood around waiting for the waiter to give me permission to sit. It’s literally like a french cafe: there is table service but you’re also expected to just seat yourself. Whatever, my point is, when you go to Flore, just seat yourself, don’t stand around like a maniac like I did.
The menu has vegan takes on standard stuff like soups, salads, sandwiches, bowls, burritos, tacos, pizza, burgers. They also have a large fresh juice and smoothie selection which is always nice, much better than carbonated death potions. You’ll end up spending about $10 for lunch.
I used to be much more into juice (I just drink way more water now) and even though I’m not into it as much anymore I was feeling particularly juicy on this trip so I got the Apple Beet juice. The juice was extremely well done, not too sweet and very refreshing. Full disclosure, I love beets and you can’t go wrong with apples juice so this wasn’t unexpected but I’d guess that all of their juices would be just as good. Next time I might ask for ice, though.
I’ve been obsessed with tacos lately and I hadn’t yet tried their tacos so I ordered the “Eastsider Tacos.” The dish speaks for itself though I have to admit that it wasn’t what I was expecting. It’s not that it was bad, it definitely wasn’t bad, it just didn’t really send me a “taco vibe,” telepathically or otherwise. It sent me more of a seitan vibe, like a crazy seitan vibe, and that was a bit scary but then I realized it was also kind of a lettucy-tomato vibe. There was also a tortilla vibe in there too. Not the spicy salsa vibe I’ve come to expect from tacos.
The thing about Flore is that it’s a healthy vegan place, or maybe “ingredients-oriented” is a better term. Your food will not come prepared with excessive amounts of sauces and salt and stuff. No, Flore keeps the embedded condiments to an absolute minimum and explicitly serves accompanying sauces on the side. To most people (all of whom are likely suffering from a salt addiction), the first bite might be surprising but if you understand what they’re going for you’ll appreciate it more.
This is why I like Flore. While many other vegan restaurants in LA have mastered the art of pleasing conventional tastes with vegan food (perhaps at the cost of healthiness), Flore allows you to experience the food for what it really is. Even though this might require you to manually season to your liking, you definitely will not feel gross on the trip home.