When my vegan (and now gluten-free) friend wanted to meet for dinner, I thought Dirt Candy would be the perfect place to venture to. It was quite the experience. First off, the space is absolutely tiny, but the minimal, modern design manages to maximize the space. Peach-colored lighting sets the mood, an open kitchen sits at the rear. The concept: Each dish takes one ingredient, interprets it in different ways, and then is plated quite imaginatively. Service is so friendly, you almost feel like part of a family. As a matter of fact, my friend and I were not crazy about the bottle of wine we ordered, and did casually mention it to the server at night’s end (after we drank it!). Unbelievably, the charge was removed from the bill. We did not expect that! This place is a total treat, whether or not you are vegetarian. Portions are generous, and each dish presents complex and interesting flavor combinations. (Something to keep in mind, this restaurant is vegetarian, and will adapt most dishes to accommodate vegans, but only two of the dishes were able to be made gluten-free.)
Flatware was streamlined, perfectly balanced and a joy to eat with.
Servers pulled glasses from a thin shelf lining the wall down one side of the restaurant.
Flaky bread plus gluten-free crackers with dipping oil.
Spinach: spinach & grapefruit mille-feuille, with smoked pistachios and ricotta
Potato: warm potato salad, crispy Japanese yams, grilled sweet potato, olives, bitter greens, apples
Beans: coconut poached tofu, sea beans, saffron sauce, long beans with Moroccan herbs, sizzling rice