Restaurant: HypnoTHAIzed

HypnotTHAIzed is a small Thai cuisine restaurant in Henley Beach South. The Adelaide Vegans group chose to dine there for our latest Friday night dinner. Firstly I have to say that some of our group found the restaurant rather hard to find as there are two 43 Henley Beach Roads and the restaurant lists it suburb as Adelaide on their Facebook we had people going to the address near the city rather than the coast.

The restaurant itself is quite small. Squashed rather than cosy. The interior is very high spec with lots of mirrors and lights (yet still quite dark) and its very pretty.

We were approached by the owners daughter who was very enthusiastic about the food and the restaurant. She explained to us that anything on the menu that says vegetarian can be made vegan (except the laksa) as well as a couple of the meat dishes. She also told us about the vegan desserts available; supplied by The Vegan Tart. I ordered a Tom Kha and the Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart.

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Vegan Tom Kha

Tom Kha is a hot and sour soup with coconut milk. I ordered my soup mild so it wasn’t hot but unfortunately it also wasn’t sour. It was sweet, dessert sweet. I tasted some of my fellow dinners dishes and they were also overly sugary. Perhaps the removal of the fish sauce for the vegan versions altered the balance? The vegetables in my soup were cut far too large which made it hard to eat. The soup also had quite a lot of woody, inedible chunks of lemongrass. The menu description for the Tom Kha mentions cherry tomatoes and mushrooms; I had one of each.

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Tart

The tart was excellent. The base tasted like butternut biscuits and the chocolate and peanut butter layers were perfectly balanced. However am number of my dining companions were not as happy with their desserts. At the start of the we were told of a vegan peanut butter cheesecake, which most of the table ordered. As the dessert were coming out we were told that upon cutting into the cake it was discovered that it was in fact a chocolate mudcake with peanut butter icing. (How they didn’t realise the difference before cutting is beyond me as mudcake and cheesecake are a rather different shape.) Anyway the mudcake was tasty but a bit of a let down.

We overheard one of the waitresses and a couple having a conversation making fun of vegans. It appeared to us that the waitress was joining in on the vegan bashing and knew full well that we could hear; however we have since been informed by management that she was telling the couple off but it didn’t appear that way to us.

Food: My main was unbalanced and overly sweet. The dessert was yum, but that wasn’t made by the restaurant. 2/5

Service: The owner and his daughter were great. 2/5

Setting: Very nice to look at but very cramped. Also too dark. 2.5/5

Overall: We felt insulted by what we viewed at the time as anti-vegan sentiments from the waitress and the food wasn’t that great. I personally won’t be coming here again. 2/5

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Recipe: Tofu Scramble

I was scrolling through some recipes and I came across this one. I had all of the ingredients (almost), so I decided to give it ago. I added a few extra veges to use up what had in the fridge.

Ingredients:

500 Grams (14 Ounce) of Firm Tofu
3-4 Tablespoons of Tamari or Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons of Sesame Oil
¼ Cup of Nutritional Yeast (also known as Savoury Yeast)
¼ Teaspoon of Garlic Powder
¼ Teaspoon of Salt
¼ Teaspoon of Tumeric
½ Teaspoon Ground Cumin

1 Small Yellow Onion, diced
¼ a Cup of Red Capsicum, diced
5-6 Large Sun-Dried Tomatoes, chopped into small pieces (the kind that are lightly seasoned, packed in olive oil – don’t use the dry ones!)
2 Cups of Washed Baby Spinach
10 Mushrooms, sliced
Plus additional Sesame Oil, Soy Sauce and Nutritional Yeast (to taste)

Method:

Put Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, Nutritional Yeast, Garlic Powder, Tumeric and Cumin in a large mixing bowl and combine.

Squeeze excess liquid out of Tofu and crumble into pieces. Add to the mixing bowl and coat thoroughly with sauce.

Pit a little vegetable oil in a large frying pan/wok and heat. Add Tofu mixture and fry for about 10 minutes.

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The Marinated Tofu

Place cooked tofu in a clean bowl and add a little more oil to the pan and add the vegetables.

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The Veges

Cook until tender, then add in the Tofu. Combine.

Taste and add Sesame Oil, Soy Sauce and Nutritional Yeast to taste.

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Ready to eat!

Verdict: Not bad. I think there was too much soy sauce, which made it a little too strong in both colour and flavour. For some reason it had a bitter flavour.

 

Restaurant: Papa Mia’s Wood Oven Pizza

Papa Mia’s is a small local pizza place in Colonel Light Gardens. It sits just off Goodwood Rd amongst a number of other fast food outlets. The interior is… well… crappy. It’s your regular el cheapo take away. A drinks fridge, some uncomfortable chairs and a counter. What makes this place unique is that a few months ago they started making vegan pizzas. Yay! There’s four pizza options, plus garlic bread and, as of the day after I ordered from them, some dessert options. They alas have gluten free options.

I ordered the Gourmet All Veg Vegan pizza with added mushrooms and the vegan Garlic Bread.

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The Gourmet All Veg Vegan Pizza

The base was average; not the worst I’ve ever had but certainly not the best. It was also a little burnt on the edges but that’s what you get with wood fire pizzas. The pizza is topped with Vegusto cheese which has a good flavour and a nice creaminess.

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Close Up

The toppings were full of flavour and the tomato sauce had a good amount of herbs but just a little too much pepper. There were not many olives which is a good thing in my mind (mouth). However there were other toppings lacking as well. There were only a few small pieces of the artichoke and even less of the roasted pepper. There was quite a lot of fresh tomato which tasted nice but made the pizza very moist. All of these complaints are trivial as the pizza was fantastic!

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Vegan Garlic Bread

The garlic bread was very tasty. Lots of garlic and just a little too much salt. The bread was a tad dry and the crusts weren’t nice at all.

Food: The pizza was amazing; best vegan pizza I’ve ever had. Garlic bread was average. I can’t wait to try some of the desserts. 4/5

Service: Basic. 3/5

Setting: Cheap take away venue that hasn’t been updated in a long while. 2/5

Overall: Great vegan pizza so who cares about the rest. It’s a suburban take away; it’s not meant to be pretty. 3.5/5

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