I went to the Kenwood a couple months ago with a friend after long boarding around Lake of the Isles. I glanced at the menu and found quite a few vegetarian options, but I don’t do dairy so I thought I’d ask if they could create a vegan entree. I knew I may be taking a small risk, but this seemed like a restaurant with a credible chef, or at least a handful of sous chefs who could think on their feet.
The server came over with our generous glasses of red wine and I asked her, “So, do you think the chef could make something vegan for me?” She nodded confidently and reassured me that he could make something really good, but I needed to give him the reins, so to speak. I looked at my friend as the server went to the table across the room, and said, “Hmmm, this could be interesting.”
I saw the plate set in front of me. It was mostly green, with curly ramps piled atop a mix of sautéed wild mushrooms on a bed of toasted barley. There was a fragrant mushroom broth as well. I was pleasantly surprised.
I went back to the Kenwood again with my partner. We sat outside and also had the generous red wine and started with french fries. They had the skins on, which I like, and just enough sea salt. We dared to ask for a vegan entree and our server again said that we needed to let the chef do whatever he thought best. Our steaming plates arrived with a very savory Asian noodle dish with both red and yellow beets, morel mushrooms and a mixture of fresh herbs. Once again, I was happy to try the vegan dish.
I WILL be back!