Sunday, July 19, 2009

Plum Restaurant Opening

On Friday we attended the soft opening of Plum, a "New American" vegan restaurant from the owners of Hillside Quickie. Located between La Spiga and Boom Noodle on 12th Ave in Capitol Hill Plum is in a gorgeous building complete with expansive 15 ft ceilings, exposed brick walls, and a beautiful open kitchen. We were able to enjoy the perfect weather thanks to a glass garage door that opens up to the sidewalk of 12th in lieu of a front wall. Along with the friendly faces of our beloved Hillside Quickie we were greeted with music, libations, and cajun flavored popcorn while waiting to snack on samples of the Plum's menus.

Enjoying some wine and Cajun popcorn

Mac and Yease; A Hillside Quickie staple. Our favorite comfort food had the perfect amount of spice and wasn't overly nutty like most vegan mac & cheese recipes.

A variety of deli style vegan sandwiches and wraps. The Tofu was marinated perfectly and fillings such as cabbage and greens kept them crisp and fresh.

The snacks kept coming with collard greens on top of grits. The greens were cooked to perfection with strong flavors of garlic. Delicious!

The sweet tooth was satisfied when soft chewy chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies arrived at the table.

I can't wait to experience the expansive menus we had the chance to peruse at this opening. From fresh fruit crepes with vegan vanilla custard and soy whipped cream to Quinoa Sliders with a jalapeno aioli sauce and a Northwest Smoked Portobello and Tempe Crepe with dill, lemon and paprika it will take many trips to try all of the items that caught my eye. In addition to food tasty enough to entice even an avid carnivore Plum's bar will be serving up incredibly innovative cocktail creations such as Cucumber Dill Mojito, Allspice Cider Martini, and Hazelnut White Russian made with hazelnut milk. Plum is going to be the perfect addition to Capitol Hill's Pike/Pike area.

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