Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Magnolia Cafe in Guelph, ON

Well, when I remembered to finally post the Sofritas Burrito from Chipotle I was reminded of the photos I had on my phone of our visit to Magnolia Cafe.

Magnolia Cafe is a quaint little space on a side street in downtown Guelph. The waitress was very friendly and it was a nice experience overall. 

The above photo shows the damage we did to the Pastiche Platter. We forgot to take photos until after we'd devoured everything. We had just come from bike shopping and were very hungry. The platter consists of hummus, "Pesto Beatto" (tasted kinda like an olive tapenade), and blueberry salsa along with carrots, corn chips, and rice crackers. This was $12.00.

I had the Red Dragon Rice Bowl, which has roasted red peppers, beets, carrots, red onion over brown rice with sliced tomato, mung bean sprouts, and marinated tofu. You have a choice of two sauces - lemon tahini (my choice) and thai peanut. This was really delicious. The beets and carrots were caramelized beautifully and the lemon tahini sauce was SO good! The tofu was full of flavour, although I did find it a bit salty. I thoroughly enjoyed this dish. 

Caitlin had the Green Goddess Rice Bowl. It comes with bok choy, snap peas, broccoli, shredded carrot, mung bean sprouts on top of brown rice. You also have an option between the two sauces mentioned previously. The tofu is the same as in the Red Dragon bowl.

The rice bowls are each $10.00.

The products used are all sourced locally, which is great, and you can taste the freshness. It was a really nice lunch but I will say that the portion size wasn't all that big considering the price point (I could've done with a little more tofu) and that the ingredients weren't all that unique. But they are using local ingredients so I guess that makes things pricier? 

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