Green Kitchen, a new plant-based restaurant, has opened in the former Jumping Bean location on Harvey Road late this summer.
Green Kitchen owner Heather Regular and her silent business partner both transitioned to a plant-based diet about four years ago. During the transition, they worked on adapting meat-based recipes they love to fit the meat, egg, and diary-free requirements of a plant-based diet.
After receiving rave reviews of the vegan meals they were preparing at home from friends and family, Regular and her partner decided to try cooking for a wider audience.
“We both really enjoy food; when we started making plant-based versions of all our favourite foods, our friends were like ‘this is really good’ ” Regular said. “We ended up getting into the restaurant scene because we saw a market for a plant-based restaurant here.”
Everything the Green Kitchen serves is plant-based including their beer, wine, and desserts. Ultimately, the menu is a reflection of the things Regular and her partner love to eat at home. There is a selection of lighter dishes like bowls and salads as well as some heartier options like the black bean burger and the tempeh Rueben sandwich.
Regular says the restaurant uses local, organic ingredients in their dishes as much as possible – a choice she believes helps build community by supporting other local businesses.
“The menu is designed by our taste buds, I really enjoy burgers and pastas, my partner enjoys healthier choices like bowls or salads.” Regular said.
One of the restaurant’s most popular plates is their cauliflower wings (which come in a choice of either BBQ, Sweet Chili, or Hot sauce), found in the Sharables’ section of the menu, along with a selection of other appetizers like Nachos and Hummus on Warm Baguette. Regular says diners also love the Jacked Up Sandwich, a vegan version of a pulled pork sandwich made from marinated jackfruit.
All the Green Kitchen’s desserts are made by Mooless Morsels, a local home-based bakery that specializes in egg and dairy free options. Green Kitchen customers have been especially enjoying the Mooless Morsels’ cookie dough brownie, a moist brownie topped with a big scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough.
While Green Kitchen opened to meet a need for a completely plant-based food restaurant in St. John’s, Regular hopes to serve people with a variety of diets. With a menu that offers veganized-versions of some carnivore favourites alongside creative salads, the Green Kitchen is an approachable option for both people trying out plant-based eating for the first time and vegan veterans.
“We want everyone to come in and feel comfortable and enjoy a nice plant-based meal,” Regular said.