Several weeks ago I learned about True Kitchen Creatives & their inaugural “Vegan Sunday Brunch” event at the very veg-friendly Sea Rocket Bistro & it went immediately on my calendar. Vegan brunch is hard to come by in this city & I wasn’t going to miss this opportunity.
Of course Jyoti Bihanga offers their twice monthly vegetarian buffet, OB People’s serves a darn good breakfast, & Casa de Luz has a healthy macrobiotic spread – but a truly mind blowing vegan brunch where you can fuel up on pour-over coffee, sip mimosas, & indulge in rich vegan comfort breakfast food? Practically unheard of. This event was not affiliated with SDBW, but was certainly a great way for the craft beer kids to fill their bellies before day 3 of boozy events around town, & it became the “official after-party” for yesterday’s “San Diego Veg Fest”, & we had a hunch that this was gonna go off….& it did. So glad we listened to our intuition & arrived at 9 am! I heard people waited upwards of 2 hours for a table as the morning progressed. Reminded me of the instant success of LOVELIKEBEER’s vegan pairing events. Truly, this city is hungry for vegan food. These prosperous pop-up events are a testament to the “if you build it, they will come” philosophy. They’re coming out in droves.
So let’s talk about the menu:
Entrees included 100% vegan versions of Chicken & Waffles, Eggs Benedict, Sliders, Scrambles, Soup, Salad & Dessert. Roast Coach Coffee set up shop outside & offered vegan horchata & pour over coffee to the patiently waiting crowd, while Sea Rocket provided their full bar menu & $5 mimosas. Awww yeah! (See the full brunch menu here).
Here’s a visual offering of what was enjoyed at our table of hungry folks…
The two stars of the show at our table were the decadent “Chicken & Waffles” & the indulgent“Eggs Benedict.” For someone who’s never had the non-vegan version of either dish, I cannot quite speak to their “authenticity,” but in my humbly plant-based opinion everything was damn tasty. It was a difficult decision, given the plethora of vegan offerings, but I settled on the benedict, & it was the perfect choice. I enjoyed the marriage of flavors & textures between the creamy hollandaise, savory bacon, seasoned tofu & toasted english muffin. I absolutely loved the bed of seasoned sauteed spinach, as it added a nice touch of freshness to an otherwise indulgent dish. Each layered bite was a mix of creamy, savory, seasoned goodness. Another win was the roasted asparagus! I love asparagus, I love roasted vegetables, hence, I love roasted asparagus. ‘Nuff said.
I also had a few bites of the chicken & waffles & oh, my oh my… hello southern style vegan brunch! The crispy fried chicken was reminiscent of a Gardein Chick’n breast & super tasty, with an insanely crispy fried coating. Vegan KFC, on a much better level! The waffles were golden, fluffy & delightful. I made sure to get a full bite of everything on the plate – chicken, waffle, mashed taters & gravy. Wow. Hangover cure to the rescue…had I been hungover, fortunately by Sunday morning Friday’s aftermath was long behind me!
True Kitchen Creatives – truly well done! You’ve definitely hit the ground running with this event & I hope to see more from you! Like another vegan brunch STAT! And thanks to Sea Rocket Bistro for being such gracious hosts of these vegan restaurant takeovers!