Mmmm…Have you ever seen vegetarian food look this good? The Red Lentil (600 Mount Auburn St., Watertown, MA) serves tantalizing vegetarian and vegan food. Gluten-free options are also available. The restaurant is a bit small, and it’s always full. Service is very friendly – a waiter brought over several natural/organic sodas in bottles and cans so that we could examine the ingredients.
The eggplant caponata is a filling appetizer of whole wheat bread triangles soaked with sundried tomato pesto served with a generous mound of chunky eggplant and olive spread. Our entrees took a while to arrive, but were well worth the wait. The Red Lentil serves an imaginative Shepherd’s pie! A perfect tower of mashed potato on a thin bed of spinach, topped with a mixture of soy sausage (reminded me of a softer version of ground turkey, with a more subtle flavour), corn, onion, carrots, celery, red and green peppers, zucchini, and spices, and finished with a sweet potato layer. The entire portion was covered in a cashew gravy and maple balsamic, giving the dish a light, sweet and nutty flavour.
The Moussaka Pizza is a white pizza on a crisp crust, packed with the sweetness of roasted red pepper and goat cheese. Along with grilled onions, eggplant, and basil, it makes you realize how good pizza can taste without any tomato sauce.
We finished our meal with a slice of vegan chocolate blueberry cake – layers of dense chocolate cake and cream stuffed with whole, fresh blueberries.