Pearl's Liquor Bar is a well designed, Prohibition era-esque spot on Sunset Blvd. It's not the most vegan-friendly, but with a little mixing and matching you can make it work and have a tasty meal (sans any desserts).
For Sunday brunch I was outnumbered by a group of non-vegan girls wanting to try a new spot. Fine with me. It happens quite often and I’m very capable of making due. You won’t normally get exactly what you want and you may have to pay more but the truth of the matter is, you can be vegan pretty much anywhere. You can stick to your diet, your lifestyle, your beliefs and still hang with your girlfriends without causing a fuss.
To add insult to injury I’m not the biggest drinker…but this Sunday after taking a tough yoga class AND also teaching my first practice yoga class to my girlfriends, I decided I would indulge in a little of the bubbly with them.
Say hello to the Mimosa Platter!
Presentation is everything and this didn’t fall short. A gorgeous array of fruit purees, cut berries, champagne and fresh orange juice. Too cute.
The mimosa platter was reasonably priced especially when split between five girls. It also made us feel a little dainty and you really can’t put a price on that, can you?
When it came time to ordering an entree, I stumbled on the menu a bit. Not one dish was vegan friendly. Sure, I could of swapped some substitutes but the dishes didn’t seem engaging enough to swap. I scrolled to the bottom and decided to go with my “last resort” option. When in doubt, you usually can find solace in the side dishes and create an entree of your own! The only problem is, you might end up paying more for an entree dish comprised of two side dishes but if the chef does it right, it could be worth it.
I went with a side of broccolini (steamed not flash-fried) and a side of the crispy potatoes with an order of avocado (duh).
This is an example of side dishes done right. It was giant! Even the waiter commented. He asked what I had ordered because he said it looked amazing. The potatoes were cooked well and sauteed with onions and peppers, the broccolini was lightly steamed (the way I like it) and then drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. Not a simple side dish at all.
Everyone else seemed just as happy with their dishes.
I’m digging this new hot spot and hoping in the future, they will add more to the menu by way of vegan friendly fare. If that happens, I’d definitely be more inclined to mosey on back.