My husband and I went to Vedge yesterday for our date night! Vedge is an upscale vegan restaurant located on Locust Street in Philadelphia. Philly is one of the most popular vegan cities in the country, but we rarely make our way out there because there's too much hustle and bustle for us. We're comfortable in our boring suburbs, but sometimes it's fun to go outside of your box and try new things!
Reservations are difficult to get for this place because it is so popular, so I made these reservations about 2-3 months ago because I knew I was off yesterday since I took a long weekend.
You can see my husband in this picture off to the side, he didn't think he was gonna be in it lol. We managed to get a spot literally right across the street, which never happens in Philly. It was great!
I wish I had taken photos of the inside because it's really quite beautiful and much more spacious than I thought from the outside. You walk in and there's a bar to your left and then there's 3 rooms where people are seated to eat. The rooms are decorated very nicely. The room we were in had a small fireplace and a photo above it. Each table had a tea light. The tables were a dark wood, but they also had cushioned seating, which I was lucky enough to get because it was so comfy. The tables were a little close together for my comfort level, but it wasn't terrible. Even the bathrooms were nice. There's two unisex bathrooms, and both had a fresh stargazer Lilly on the sink.
Every person on the waitstaff was SUPER nice. Full of smiles, happy to help. There was two men that just stood there waiting to refill your water glass. I got not even half down and he was on it to refill it. Our waitress was fantastic. I said it was my first time there and she was patience in answering all of my questions, which I had a few because the food was so fancy. I'm like used to avocado and tomato on toast, and they're using words like carpaccio and braciole. She offered to leave out anything from the dishes I didn't want, or to put things on the side to try as I like.
I also wanted to try a glass of wine, but since I'm not a big drinker I was like where do I even begin? I said I like a sweeter wine, and she conferred with the bartender and brought me two different samples to try, which was great. I ended up going with a glass of Rosé of Pinot Noir, which was really good. It had notes of watermelon, and it finished really smoothly. My husband got a Pickpocket Soda, which was also good. It had some ginger in it, as well as key-lime rhubarb and lemon.
Here's how the food works: each dish is small to medium proportions. You start with The Vedge Bar, which is like an appetizer. The Grill which is your main dish. Then, The Dirt List which is essentially your side dishes.
From The Vedge Bar, I ordered the Rutabaga Fondue, which was a fresh baked pretzel bread loaf, dairy free fondue, pickled vegetables and charred onions on the side. I didn't touch the onions because I hate onions. I ate the pickles, as well as most of the pickled vegetables. The pickled cauliflower was too much, but the pickles and the carrots were good. They also had pickled green olives, which weren't bad considering I'm not a huge fan of green olives. The pretzel bread loaf was OMGOODNESS good. It was literally like a bread and pretzel hybrid coated with a little bit of oil and salt. The fondue was good, at first I was iffy but it actually wasn't bad as I ate more of it. They gave us an additional half loaf after we devoured the first one. I say we because my husband split the loaf with me, and he loved it! He didn't touch any of the other stuff, but who doesn't like bread?!
From The Grill List, I ordered Eggplant Braciole. Essentially, they use the eggplant as a casing, and it stuffed with a few different things that I wasn't sure of what they were. That's grilled, and it's placed on a bed of Italian verde salsa, and she gave me the cured olive dressing on the side. When it first came out, it looked like sausage, and it totally turned me off. Even though I know it's not meat, I can't eat things that to me look like meat. I don't eat any meat replacement foods, except for veggie burgers that are literally like green with chunks of vegetables because they don't look like real burgers. Despite the appearance, I was willing to give it a try. It wasn't my favorite. The inner texture was also weird, and since I'm a texture girl, I ate maybe 1/4 of it, and my poor husband finished the rest. He didn't love it, but he ate it so it wouldn't go to waste. The salsa verde was good, and the cured olive dressing was also better than I thought!
From The Dirt List, I got crispy Fingerling Potatoes with Worcestershire sauce on the side. I'm not a fan of that sauce at all anyway, but I dabbed my fork in it and tried it, still don't like it. But the potatoes, they were delicious! They were almost flattened, and they were cooked in some type of oil. Even my husband loved them. I could've filled up on pretzel bread and potatoes lol.
And of course, I had to get dessert! They had a Sour Cherry Cheesecake and I was sold! I used to LOVE cheesecake before I went vegan, so I'll take any opportunity to try a vegan one! This came with the sour cherry glaze on top, on the side was a scoop of their halva (sesame tahini flavor) coconut ice cream, with za'atar candied pistachios on the side over a bed or Moroccan mint pesto. The ice cream wasn't good as far as the flavoring, but I loved the texture of it. Super creamy. The pistachios were okay. The za'atar spice blend is kind of savory, but the candied part makes it sweeter. It wasn't bad. My husband tried it over the ice cream. The cheesecake however, was amazing. I wish there was more of it. The sour cherry topping wasn't really sour at all, and the texture of the cheesecake was so smooth and creamy!
Overall, I was really impressed. Vedge takes flavors from all around the world, and really does amazing things to vegetables, turning them into flavorful full meals rather than just sides. They took unique flavors and combined them together. Every dish was presented beautifully as well. If my husband, the biggest meat eater of them all, can go and try a few things and not hate them all, I dare any meat eater to be bold and try it.
The prices are what you would expect for a place like this. It's upscale, so you're gonna pay upscale prices. We spent, on everything, $67. Had we both gotten 3 dishes as well, it would've been probably doubled. It's absolutely gonna be a special occasion place for us, because we couldn't afford it otherwise lol. I would be happy going back for like a Happy Hour set up (which they offer) and getting wine, potatoes, and cheesecake lol. Regardless, we will definitely be returning! I also want to say how proud I am of my husband for trying things that I never in a million years thought he would be daring enough to try! He tried every single thing I ate!
I stopped some poor man on the street and asked him to take a picture for us lol. He was super nice about it.
Also, if you ever make your way to Vedge, Lush is only a few blocks away! I know this because we went after dinner! I'll have another post up about what I got shortly!