Restaurant Review: Sprig & Vine (Dinner) | New Hope, PA

Cornmeal Crusted Tempeh

Pan Seared Tofu

Soba Noodle Salad

Grilled Oyster Mushrooms

Green Onion Pancake Roll
Chocolate Pudding Pie


Please say hello to my new roving reporter, Åsa Buchta, a good friend and a heavenly baker from Sweden. Just before Mother's Day, Åsa, a few other ladies and I partook of the wonderful vegan brunch at Sprig and Vine.  When she told me she and her husband would also be celebrating their tenth anniversary there, I asked her for a review of Sprig and Vine's dinner menu. Now Mr. Scissors and I need to make the trek up because these dishes look beyond good. Tack Åsa!

Sprig and Vine Dinner Review by Åsa Buchta

My husband and I recently celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with a trip to New Hope, PA. We stayed at an old bed and breakfast and spent the days riding our bikes along the Delaware River and walking around this quaint little town. For our anniversary dinner we went to Sprig & Vine, a vegan restaurant (BYOB) just a short walk from the center of town. I had already eaten there once before, at their Sunday brunch, so I knew we were in for a delicious treat!

Since it was a weekday night, the restaurant was only about half full. (For weekend dining, I would definitely recommend a reservation.) Although they have a few tables out on the sidewalk (right next to the parking lot), we chose the more private and cozy ambience of their indoor seating.

Since it was a special occasion we didn’t hold back, ordering quite a few items from the menu. We started with three appetizers: grilled oyster mushrooms, a green onion pancake roll, and a soba noodle salad. Each of them was tasty, but we especially enjoyed the mushrooms. They were perfectly grilled, very flavorful, and served on a bed of tangy carrot-cabbage slaw – the combination was perfect!

Although the menu only has five entrees ($17-$19), the variety did not disappoint. We were excited to see a restaurant that dares to serve vegetarian entrees that are not simply “faux meat.” In addition to pan-seared tofu and cornmeal-crusted tempeh, they also serve risotto, ravioli, and an eggplant dish. In the end, however, the old staples won out: I ordered the tofu; my husband, the tempeh. Both were excellent. Although I am not a huge fan of tempeh, it had just the right amount of crispiness and the sauce was superb. A return trip to try the risotto is in the works.

Surprisingly, one of the best parts of the meal was a side of french fries. We rarely eat fries, but the mention of mustard aïoli captured our attention. The aïoli was such a delightful break from plain old ketchup. (The taste still haunts my dreams!)

With our bellies close to reaching capacity, we ordered only one dessert: chocolate pudding pie. It was, in all sincerity, the best chocolate pudding pie I have ever tasted. Still, I was disappointed that there was no regular chocolate cake on the dessert menu. In hindsight, I would have chosen the olive oil cake. The name may not sound particularly appealing, but I can’t quite overcome my curiosity.

As we expected, the presentation was top-notch, with the food beautifully arranged on the plates. At Sprig & Vine each plate is a work of art! The servings are a bit on the small side, but not too tiny. It would have been perfect if they also had bread and olive oil at the table.

All in all it was a great dinner, and I hope to go back to Sprig & Vine soon!

Sprig and Vine
450 Union Square Drive
New Hope, PA 18938-1367
(215) 693-1427
www.sprigandvine.com

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