Thursday, April 5, 2012

Mana. Vegetarian Cuisine on Division 4-4-2012

I've been to The Vegetarian Restaurant Mana a 1/2 dozen times over the past 1.5 years. What I enjoy about Mana are Multi-Cultural choices that are readily available: Asian, Italian, American, Indian, white, etc. Also, the ability two order two different portions sizes in the event that you want a sampling of their menu; which is always key for me. 
 I have to admit if I had to choose a steak over a grilled eggplant I would of course take the steak. But sometimes a Mid-Westerner has to scale back his/her carnivorous desires for something that is a bit healthier. Well we shall se about that!
 My guest and I started off with the Corn Tamale with Roasted Jalepenos and cheddar Cheese, accompanied with a Tomato Lime Jam...Very nice. The jam added a really nice acidic spike to the sweet tamale. Would recommend this item if the Chicago Tamale guy isn't around. 
 Also served with this was the Chili with corn, chick peas, green onions, black beans and cheddar. Was great considering there wasn't any brisket involved. really enjoyed this.
 Next we had the White Castle Looking Sliders. Rice, Mushroom and Spicy Mayo. Man has been trying to replicate the simplicity of the beef hamburger in various ways for years. It's still not right! However I wouldn't kick a reasonably good looking hippie girl out of bed for eating these...They were passable. Pictured with the sliders is the "Indian" Saag Paneer (spinach, paneer cheese, yogurt and brown rice). Even though it tastes nothing like the real thing, it is something that I continue to order because it tastes really good. I man, how can you fuck up yogurt, cheese and spinach?? it's the good pizza vs. bad pizza argument....blah blah
 Also, not pictured was the Butternut Squash ravioli, arugala, walnut with Asiago cheese. A little dry for my taste, but I enjoyed all of the different hearty flavors that fused together. try Tuscany on Taylor for a richer rendition. 
Last was the Green Tea Cheese Cake with cookie crust and raspberries. I really wanted to fall in love with this. I enjoyed trying it but it fell flat in it's texture. Green Tea has fantastic texture. So I was a bit baffled to why this room temperature tasting treat was not fluffy and melt properly. Whatever, I tried it. Enough said. 
 If you haven't gone to Mana, try it out once. DO it! 

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