Holiday shopping was in full swing when LC and I met for lunch at True Food Kitchen at Lenox Square. My first experience there was during the grand opening event, so I was excited to revisit and try more healthy dishes modeled after Andrew Weil’s food pyramid.
Arriving first, I snapped this photo of ingredients in the window; goji berries, paprika, oatmeal, red pepper flakes and freekeh (a roasted cereal grain). Once inside, I was craving one of their ginger margaritas, sipping it while I waited for LC to arrive. I chatted with a lovely woman, I think her name was Deepa, seated alone at the table next to me. It was her 40th birthday. She raved about the panang curry.
When LC finally arrived, we started with the caramelized onion tart, the appetizer that I had been anxious to try. Made with fresh mission figs, gorgonzola, and smoked garlic, the tart was reminiscent of a small flatbread pizza. The crust was charred and crisp with just the right balance of savory and sweet toppings. I’m happy to report that it didn’t leave me tasting garlic all day and the serving was large enough for a light lunch.
Deepa said she was allowed to order a half portion of the panang curry, so I asked if we could do the same, adding shrimp. I was pleased to find six large, perfectly cooked shrimp nestled among the potatoes, carrots, broccoli, onions and mushrooms that topped a scoop of toothsome brown rice. The sprig of fresh cilantro on top complimented the surprisingly spicy curry…delicious.
We got our daily requirement of cruciferous vegetables in the Autumn ingredients salad; roasted Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, squash, and white beans, with chewy dried mulberries, crunchy pinenuts, and a zingy pomegranate horseradish dressing. Again, our server let us order a half portion. The vegetables could have been roasted a bit longer, but the flavor was satisfying. We felt healthier with every bite!
Prices at True Food Kitchen appear high, but the portions are substantial. I watched a server deliver an enormous bowl to a nearby table and asked what could possibly be inside. It was their crudite’, a whole garden’s worth of raw, organic vegetables with tzatziki and black olive dipping sauces. Now I understand its $13 pricetag.
Many items are vegetarian and pizzas and sandwiches have gluten-free options. Half portions of their salads and entrees are easily enough for lunch, coming in around $6-$9. Or bring a friend and share a couple of dishes to experience more healthy flavors.
3393 Peachtree Road NE 404-481-2980