Vital Restaurant & Juice Bar

387 Bloomfield Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042
http://www.vitaldining.com/

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The amazing avocado salad!

I wandered in here as I was reeled in by the “juice” in their name. I’m a green juice junky and love to explore local spots that offer juices on the menu. I was pleasantly surprised as the atmosphere and overall vibe of Vital is really nice. The first time I went there was a Sunday and they had a brunch menu. I was disappointed (as were other patrons) that they didn’t have any Vegan selections on this menu. But when I spoke to one of the owners, she was happy to accomodate me by allowing me to order off of the dinner menu, which did have Vegan options. It turns out the chef sympathizes as he is Vegan himself. 🙂

I ordered the Jerk Portabella dish and loved it. It was spicy, but not too spicy and very flavorful. The quinoa was prepared to perfection and the housemade ginger beer was also very tasty. I went there another time for dinner and also enjoyed the curried cauliflower with the coconut rice. The food had a kick but was not overly spicy.

The service was standard but I will say, they can be a bit slow with taking orders and checking on you. But overall, my experience was very positive. I’m very happy to see that there is a different kind of Vegan cuisine to choose from in the neighborhood along with some yummy juice and elixir options. I look forward to going there again and trying more of the Vegan dishes.

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