Monday, September 5, 2011

Plant: Asheville's New All Vegan Restaurant!

I am FINALLY getting around to blogging about our dinner at Plant!  We went over 2 weeks ago and it was AMAZING!!!  Delicious and ALL vegan!  They had only been open a few days when we went and it worked out perfectly because our friend Allison was in town and she is also vegan.  We decided to make it a special dinner and we did it up right!  R and Allison ordered wine, we ordered an appetizer, dinner, dessert and coffee.  We weren't playin'!  :)

The atmosphere at Plant was really nice.  We went for a later dinner and all of the tables had candles and the lighting was low (you will notice this with my dark pictures).  The music they had playing was also great--lots of good Indie Rock songs that I love!  Good music make for good ambiance.  

It was so nice to go out and enjoy a fancy dinner in Asheville!  There are a lot of GREAT vegetarian restaurants in Asheville, but plant is by far the fanciest and most sophisticated as far as the food and atmosphere go.  We wouldn't be able to afford Plant everyday but it will definitely be a special occasion restaurant for us.  

We started off with the "cheese" platter.  (Everything at Plant is vegan so the "cheese" was cashew based.)  It had a great taste.  There were 3 of us sharing the platter so we had it polished off in no time.  They brought out some extra cucumber slices for us because R has to eat gluten free.  It also came with some bread but when I took this picture, we didn't have the bread at our table yet.  The cashew cheese was delicious.  It would have been nice to have a little more cheese but it was wonderful and I am not complaining!  :)

Peppercorn Crusted Seitan

Raw Enchiladas

Jerk Charbroiled Seitan

We all ordered something different so we could try each other's dishes.  I ordered the Peppercorn Crusted Seitan and it was amazing.  I am not even sure what else I could say about it!  I loved it!  R ordered the Raw Enchiladas (she was limited on options because of eating gluten free).  She liked them a lot because she loves spicy food.  I am not a huge fan of spice, so probably not the best option for me.  Allison ordered the Jerk Charbroiled Seitan and loved it. She said she was inspired to go home and make the Southern Bowl from Get it Ripe by Jae Steele.  

Raw Parfait

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie with Banana Walnut Ice Cream

I am not sure, but dessert may have been my favorite part!  Allison and I both ordered the Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie with Walnut Ice Cream and R ordered the Raw Parfait.  All of it was excellent.  They make their own ice cream in house and it was outstanding.  They also had a mocha ice cream that we didn't get to try but I am very curious about it because I love coffee flavored ice cream.  

We had coffee with dessert which made everything just perfect and complete.  I asked for almond milk for my coffee and because they didn't have any on hand, the chef whipped up a batch just for me so I could have almond milk with my coffee and dessert!  

(There's my almond milk on the counter!)

They even had a zero calorie stevia option sweetener.  I always get excited about this because I don't use Splenda, Equal or Sweet N Low which is usually what restaurants have.  When restaurants or coffee shops carry a stevia option, they always get bonus points in my book!  

It was such a great meal and evening.  What a great way to spend an evening with a great friend in town!  All of us loved Plant and definitely want to go back (on a special occasion)!  Wonderful food, all vegan, fresh, organic, local ingredients.....awesome!  Another great veg option in Asheville!  

(Looking into the kitchen of Plant from the outside parking lot)

If you live in or near Asheville or if you are visiting Asheville, try Plant!  You won't be disappointed.  Plus, everything is vegan so you don't even have to think about it!  I love when I go into a restaurant and I don't have to worry about the ingredients at all.  Thank you for a wonderful evening, Plant!  


  1. That place looks amazing! Memphis opened up a vegan restaraunt this year (FINALLY) and I go every chance that I get. :-)

  2. looks amazing -- we have one vegan -friendly restaurant in ri and i have yet to make it there -- i havent heard much about it to be honest which can't be a good thing... lol!

    misadventures of a chunky goddess

  3. Thanks so much Katy for this very nice review! We really appreciate your support! Please introduce yourself next time you come in. :) Leslie (plant co-owner)

  4. Check out Sinless Raw Chocolate! It's all raw, vegan, sugar-free and LOCAL to Asheville!

  5. Cool! I just looked it up. I will check it out. I see I can get it at Greenlife and French Broad Coop. I go to both of those places so I will look for it next time I am there. Since it's low carb and sugar free, I imagine the nutritional stats are pretty good. Thanks!