I'll warn you ahead of time, this is a long, wordy, picture-filled post with no recipe - just so you know! Keep reading though, there are some great local restaurant ideas!!
OK, so, this weekend brought the unexpected blessing of 70-degree temperatures, clear blue skies, a free schedule, and a few tax-return dollars in the bank. What to do but spend it in as fun and frivolous a manner as possible...
Sadly, though it LOOKED lovely, it didn't quite live up to the hype. And I'm bummed, because it has a LOT of potential. I'm hoping this was an 'off' day for them, I've had many other good (previously non-vegan) meals at Five -Point.
Second, though the scramble was bright yellow (indicating there should be curry in there somewhere?) and the vegetables were beautiful and crisp, neither my friend nor I could detect ANY curry, or any other spices or seasoning flavoring the tofu. In a word it was plain tofu and vegetables, bland-bland-bland. :cry:
Third, while the carrots and broccoli were perfectly tender-crisp (they do get high points there) the potatoes were distinctly under-done. Almost crunchy in the middle. It's a pity, because it LOOKED great and I wanted very much to like it, a lot.
All that said, the scramble, once I fussed with it, was edible. Aside from the potatoes, the other veggies were perfectly done, and the tofu was fresh-tasting (also a plus) and crumbled in large, firm chunks (another preference) rather than mashed into mushy oblivion, or cubed.
I hate to be critical, because while Seattle IS very vegan friendly, there isn't a huge selection of tasty breakfast options and I appreciate every offering I run across. I'm especially appreciative of those dishes available at otherwise omni-focused restaurants because those are the places I invariably end up with family and friends. Five-Point has a large menu, and several obvious concessions made for vegans and vegetarians, (they have an "No-Huevos Rancheros" with soyrizo I'd like to try, and vegetarian bacon available!) so I DO applaud their efforts. My daughter had a beautiful, fresh, green salad and some perfectly delicious, crispy, salty, greasy diner-fries made from REAL potatoes. As I said before, I hope our bland, unseasoned scramble was a fluke, I've eaten at Five-Point before, I KNOW they can do better.
After fortifying ourselves with caffeine, we went in search of the city's recently completed graffiti mural - we'd only heard rumors, but were delighted when we discovered it was an amazing rendition of the "Alice-in-Wonderland" characters.
But this time I was completely happy, Shakabrah managed to get the whole scramble thing JUST RIGHT.
The spinach was NOT overcooked, the potatoes were perfect and the tofu had a GREAT flavor!
While you wait, there are plenty of used books on the cafe's shelves should you be needing reading material (which apparently my children did!).
My daughter's friend and classmate caught them in the act, the little guys even have the eggs, and muddy paws to prove it!!