Roughage Eatery – Sherbrook Street

Roughage Eatery is a new, vegan restaurant located on Sherbrook Street in the house that used to be the home of Khao House. If you read the blog you know I am not a vegan. However, I try and keep on top of the movements within dining out. Plus. there is no reason that if you are a meat eater, you don’t make a habit of occasionally eating meat free, either vegetarian or vegan.

Hours:

Sunday – Closed

Monday – Closed

Tuesday – 11am to 3pm – 5pm to 9pm

Wednesday – 11am to 3pm – 5pm to 9pm 

Thursday – 11am to 3pm – 5pm to 9pm

Friday – 11am to 3pm – 5pm to 9pm

Saturday – 11am to 3pm – 5pm to 9pm

Roughage Eatery is accessible.

Roughage Mac and Cheese
A quite delicious mac and cheese,

The storefront restaurant is new for Roughage Eatery. Over the last couple of years they have been showing up at street festivals and farmers’s markets. I did try a couple of their items there and enjoyed them.

Roughage Eatery Lunch

Stepping into the restaurant doesn’t look much different from the Khao House days. There are a few table, and several spaces at a counter along the front window. It may just be my imagination, but it feels like there may be one of two tables fewer. In general the space feels a little more open. My arrival is just after the 11:00 am opening time, so the restaurant is pretty empty. I get a seat in the back corner of the room.

The lunch menu is on the smallish side, with about 10-12 items at most. There is also a soup of the day, and a daily special. After looking over the menu, I decide to order the Mac ‘n Cheeze. This is a very good mac and cheese. I would say it’s as good as most I’ve tried and better than some. In addition to the macaroni and their cheeze sauce, the dish comes with a good helping of broccoli, and is topped with haam seitan.

The haam seitan doesn’t match ham off the bone, but in it’s texture and flavour it is quite close to the nugget style hams you will find in your local grocery.

I had a conversation about this place with someone and they asked why would you want something that wasn’t ham to taste like ham. The nearest I can figure out is the relationship of food and memories. If I switched my diet to foods that were entirely unlike anything I had eaten before, I would lose some connection with my past. This would likely make such a transition difficult.

Coffee
A cup of coffee from Roughage,
vegan cookies
The two cookies I ate for dessert were really chocolaty, chewy, and very tasty.

Along with the mac and cheeze, I finished off my lunch with a couple of chewy chocolate cookies, and a cup of coffee. All in all the flavours and textures of this first meal are really good. Along with the food being very good the service is also attentive and friendly.

Hallowe’en Dinner

For my second visit I showed up of Hallowe’en at supper time. I can’t remember the last time I stayed at home giving out candy, so my tradition has become to go out somewhere during the evening.

When I arrived at Roughage they were clearly into the spirit of the day, as they had Ghostbusters playing on one wall of the restaurant.  I took the same table as I had on my previous visit. This time I hoped for a fuller meal. I ordered the soup of the day and  the burrito bowl.

Cream of potato
The potato soup is rich and creamy, even without dairy.

I really enjoy the soup. Is is thick and creamy, and the seasoning is just right.n The Burrito bowl is a little bit more on the meh side for me. I think it’s the one dish where I would have liked some chicken or some sour cream.  I also find it a little on the dry side. Still it’s not that much different from other burrito bowls I’ve tried.

Roughage Burrito Bowl
Burrito Bowl.

After that, I decided to order dessert. Having tried the cookies on my last visit, I decided I wanted to try another dessert. On offer that night was a chocolate bread pudding. If you have no other reason to visit Roughage Eatery, this dessert alone is worth making the trip. It is dense, moist, flavourful and delicious.

This time around the restaurant was busier than it had been the last time I went in.  The service was once again very good.

If you’ve ever wondered about eating vegan but aren’t sure where to start, Roughage Eatery is a great place to visit. When I think of the possible ways to convince people to take up a vegan lifestyle, Roughage is doing a great job. They are producing high quality food, that by and large, will not leave you wondering where the meat went to.

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