Friday, July 11, 2008

Green Zebra

Celebrated my friend, Ben's, birthday last night and we went to Green Zebra. A vegetarian/vegan restaurant in the River West area of Chicago. It is mostly vegetable dishes with the exception of one Tofu dish and a Halibut dish. A lot of the dishes were raw too -- uncooked vegetables. The food was of high quality -- fresh ingredients -- and tasty with a nice use of herbs. But for the food, the restaurant was kind of ackward. The tables were mostly at at angle and tight, there is pillar right in front of the main entrance and, again, the entrance is set at a 45 degree angle. But I think the most noticeable thing is the price tag -- the portions were tiney but any measures but with a pretty hefty price tag attached. I know, I know -- we are all used to the LEYE portions and I, for one, could use with smaller portions but COME ON! Four little ravioli and a bunch of shaved asparagus on a salad plate (I think if you reconstituted the shaved asparagus, you would get a total of 1.5 asparagus) AND costing 12 bucks is a little pricey! The waitress even went as far as to inform us that we should order something from each of the four sections -- Salad, Soup, Appertizer and Entree to have a filling meal. That's how small the portions are. Another pricey point is the wine list -- nothing in the $20 to $25 range. The wine seems nice but the price, to me, are really pricey. The cheapese is a bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for $28. Although I liked the food, Green Zebra is probably something that I would reserve for VERY SPECIAL occassions and only with people who absolutely have to have vegetarian.