Here I go again. The selfish, fat, gay vegan is going to bad mouth a restaurant that makes vegan food. I don’t know how I live with myself. But seriously… I gotta call it the way I see it, right? You wouldn’t want me to be all fake and lovely about a place if it just didn’t set my world on fire.
So here we go. Sorry Earth Cafe of Manchester. Your food and (some of) your service left a whole lot to be desired.
Let’s get one thing straight. I would never go into an establishment and expect them to fail me. Nor would I expect the food to change my world. I enter an eatery with the expectation of good quality food that is clearly labeled and will fill me up. At Earth Cafe I got clearly labeled food but not much else.
The setting in itself is rather charming and I had a good vibe going in. This mood carried on as the server greeted me warmly and explained how the pricing worked. So far, so good.
None of the food looked overly appealing to me. I left Josh to do the ordering as I couldn’t muster up much excitement for the uninspired dishes in the food display unit. As he gave our order, I meandered to the cash register area to read signs stating prices for ice cream. The server down this end of the counter was a different creature.
All of my questions (some of which I had to ask twice) were met with one word answers and zero eye contact. I’m not some precious customer who needs to be fawned over, but this guy was openly ignoring me and being rude. I told Josh I was fed up and headed off to find a seat.
Josh arrived just behind me with the food and we excitedly dove into our selections… and then we stopped.
Most of the food was on the cold side of luke warm and none of it tasted of anything. There was a vegan quiche that was watery, lacking of texture and tasteless. Josh took a few bites of it and the accompanying salads and left the remainder on his plate.
I was faced with a flavourless array of mushy items that I don’t even like to recall. The plantains were tasteless and verging on cold, the stew/hotpot tasted of not much and the roasted potatoes were overcooked and cold. I feel like an A-grade moaner as I type this, but it really was dreadful.
Our experienced slid further down hill as I bit into a cold vegan sausage roll made of Sosmix. I don’t think it had any spice, flavour or condiment at all. It possessed no taste except cold pastry.
I won’t be hurrying back next time I’m in town, but I would be interested in giving the vegan cakes and desserts a try. If I lived in the area, I would probably pop in now and then to check out what was being served.
Please, please, please don’t take my word for it. Go to Earth and check them out. Food I like isn’t liked by everyone and I would be delighted to hear good things about the cafe. My dear friend Anna who I trust thoroughly claims to be in love with their menu and food review sites such as Yelp are brimming with positive reviews. It could just be me!
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