“Healthy” and “natural” are the first adjectives that pop into my mind when I think of True Food Kitchen. The wooden brown and dark green interior decor and the dim lights hanging above tables gave the restaurant a calm and centered atmosphere. The appearance alone made the place seem like the ultimate embodiment of a health food restaurant, from the large earth decoration on the wall to the pretty succulents on every table.
I had expected it to be relatively empty after the lunch rush hour as I hadn’t heard of the restaurant before, but the room was loud with the sound of chatter and clinking dishes as people were seated at almost every table.
As soon as I walked in, a server took us to our table and introduced himself. He was incredibly friendly and kind, and his help contributed to the enthusiastic, vibrant energy of the restaurant.
The first dish I ordered was the Edamame Dumplings ($10). When they arrived, I was disappointed with the serving size; the five average-sized dumplings in the dish definitely weren’t worth $10. The dumplings were soft and tasted creamy, the edamames were slightly nutty and the salty and fishy dashi soup they were soaked in complemented the taste of the dumplings and edamames, but the taste and size weren’t deserving of the ridiculously high price; I wouldn’t order this dish again.
Next, I had the Mediterranean Quinoa Salad ($13), which had a healthy blend of lettuce, pole bean, tomatoes, cucumber and nuts. I was pleased with the size of the salad and the quality of the ingredients, which tasted crunchy and fresh. The salad’s acidic oregano vinaigrette added to the overall flavor and canceled out the pole beans’ bitter taste. It was my favorite dish because it was a high quality salad, and the blend of ingredients and vegetables was appropriate for the good price.
The last dish I ordered was the Turkey Burger ($15). The meat was tender and juicy and the smoked gouda that was melted on the burger added an interesting tangy flavor with each bite. The avocado complemented the other ingredients with a nutty taste and the jalapeño remoulade, a spicy dressing that was drizzled over the inside of the bun, gave heat to the milder components. Overall, it was a good burger, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who didn’t want to spend the extra money, as it was a bit expensive. The dish came with a roasted kale salad, which was bitter and crunchy, and to balance out the other side, roasted sweet potato with sweet caramelized onion.
To complement the meals, I tried two drinks, the Kale Aid ($6.50) and the Honey Lemonade ($4).
The Honey Lemonade was sweet and cool and the acidity of the lemon was tempered by the sweetness of the honey, which made it a very enjoyable drink. The Kale Aid, in contrast, was bitter at first but grew tolerable. It wasn’t a mild and sweet drink like the Honey Lemonade and instead had a strong flavor. The refresher seemed incredibly healthy but was still very expensive and I regretted ordering it.
True Food Kitchen is a good restaurant for those who want to splurge a little and eat healthily, but I would warn diners away from the exorbitant prices.