• vegan goodness at prasad in portland

    August 7th, 2010quarrygirlmore restaurants (not LA), portland

    portland, i love you with all my heart! you are a city of decadent vegan goodness, yet even the bastion of healthy eating in your land is better than most spots here in los angeles. i’m talking about prasad, a cafe that would be entirely animal-free were it not for honey on the menu and half & half by request.

    prasad is located downtown in blossoming lotus‘ former space—it’s a small eatery attached to the entrance of a sleek yoga studio. it opens early for the pre-work breakfast crew, yet stays open through dinnertime, so already the hours are impressive. the menu is on the lighter side, focusing on raw and cooked wholesome eats including salads, soups, wraps, bowls, and smoothies.

    at first glance, the food options may sound a bit simple…but i can assure that after indulging in portland’s crazy vegan meal scene, you will be all about prasad. we were. we ate there twice in two days. here’s how it went:

    mighty bowl: choice of bhutanese red rice or quinoa, steamed greens, beans. $7

    on the first day we were bowlin’. BOWLS ARE FUCKING AWESOME, why does nowhere carry bowls in LA?! i went with the most basic option, the mighty bowl. it comes with red rice or quinoa, steamed greens, beans, and choice of two sauces. i went with the red rice option, along with green chili and garlic tahini sauce. the sauces come on the side, so you can choose how much you wanna dump on…and i can tell you, this food is so good, it doesn’t even need sauce! the vegetables are fresh, the rice is perfectly steamed, and the beans are plump and hearty. so simple, but so damn delicious.

    dragon bowl: choice of bhutanese red rice or quinoa, beans, arame, wakame and dulse sea vegetables, avocado, steamed greens, sesame seeds, scallions and sprouts. $8.50

    my husband went with the dragon bowl, which was equally impressive. this dish came with red rice, beans, arame, wakame, and dulse sea vegetables, avocado, and steamed greens. just like my bowl, everything was fresh and tasty…and the addition of flavorful sea vegetables and creamy avocado made it even better.

    we enjoyed our meal at prasad so much, that we decided to return before the end of our trip for breakfast. although the scrambles sounded amazing, we decided to share a wrap off of the lunch menu (which is served from 9am on).

    gaucho wrap: chipotle marinated tempeh, slow roasted tomatoes, spinach, black beans, smashed avocado and lime in a whole wheat tortilla. $8

    the gaucho wrap was great—marinated tempeh, roasted tomatoes, spinach, black beans, smashed avocado, and lime all rolled up in a huge tortilla. overall it had a pretty sweet and smokey taste, and the tempeh and beans made it extra hearty and filling. while i loved this thing, i am still kind of wishing we went with one of the scrambles. i saw another customer eating one, and it looked insane.

    toast: new cascadia teff bread (gluten-free) with zucchini hummus, cucumber and tomato. $3.50

    we also split an order or toast, topped with zucchini hummus, tomatoes, and cucumber. the hummus was rich and creamy, the vegetables were crisp, and the bread was soft and spongey. seriously, the perfect light breakfast.

    the prasad space itself is rather cozy, a few little tables and one communal table to the right of the yoga reception area. you order at the counter and pay, then food is brought to where you are sitting. the service is friendly and attentive, and the wait time is pretty low. overall, prasad is just a sweet and wonderful little place with damn good vegan food. no wonder we went there twice, and i can’t wait to go back.

    925 NW Davis,
    Portland OR 97209
    within Yoga Pearl
    Monday – Friday 7:30am to 8pm
    Saturday and Sunday 9am to 8pm

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  • That looks lovely; I wouldn’t mind trying that vegan wrap right now, I’m dying for a late lunch. Thanks for the review!!

  • I love Prasad. My favorites are their Bliss salad, chili and raw vegan cheesecakes. I live 3 miles away from them. Lucky me!

  • Hey, native foods does bowls!

    That all looks really good though….

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  • Yeah, I was gonna say… Native Foods.

  • also, ginger grass in silver lake. i went in one day and said i was in the mood for a big plate of steamed veggies (i was feeling sick). they brought me out a bowl of skinny noodles (don’t know what they’re called) topped with all freaking kinds of fresh veggies. chinese cabbage, carrots, broccoli, cucumber, bean sprouts…some spicy soy sauce and sriracha and i was in heaven. they also have a tofu bowl but i’ve never had it.

  • I’m going to be in Portland in 2 wks. I now know of at least one place I’ll be eating. Thx for the review!

  • Hey – I’m so glad you reviewed this place! I went there too for the first time about 6 weeks ago and it looks like I got the exact same bowl you did, with the red rice and chili as well. Soooo good!! I was looking for Blossoming Lotus and was not disappointed once having the food.

  • Footnote: In Hinduism, Prasad means consecrated food.

  • Hi there! This is Karen (the owner of the Prasad). Thanks for so much for visiting and for the super sweet review. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the cafe. Cheers!!

  • You pretty much described my sentiments about Prasad in your descriptions!! What an amazingly refreshing, innovative place to enjoy some sweet eats… Went for an “art walk” in Portland a couple months ago and this place caught my eye; tried it; loved it!!! Thank God I live only 40 minutes away!!

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