What if I told you that I went for a vegetarian lunch last week? Me, who portrays myself as a bacon lover/perpetual meat eater. Would you believe me? Would you feel intrigued with my sudden change in lunch choice?
Wait a minute, I actually blogged about my last vegetarian meal outing during the Nine Emperor Gods Festival 九皇爷诞, didn’t I? Damn, so this is nothing new to you guys..
Yeah, anyway, so we went to this vegetarian restaurant called Beyond Veggie in Elit Avenue, the very same shop clusters that also house James Foo Western Food and Boiling Steamboat, both of which I have already written about.
I think if you are Malaysian and living in KL, you might know of this vegetarian chain, they have outlets in quite a number of those big malls. It is not even an independent chain. Beyond Veggie is basically the vegetarian sibling of Secret Recipe, owned and run by the same parent company.
The reason we came here was because the ex-colleague said that she is getting fatter and wanted to eat healthier. She also mentioned they sell Secret Recipe cakes. Can you see the irony here?
Good thing that I’m on Maybank’s credit card. We discovered something good.. Complimentary appetizer with a minimum spending of RM38.
I didn’t think we could hit RM 38 with just the two of us. I was wrong. Apparently, this is a vegetarian restaurant, but it is also Secret Recipe owned, so prices are not exactly cheap.
Aglio Olio with Olives and Sundried Tomatoes – RM 16.90
That’s RM 34.80, we’re short of RM 3.20. No problem, a glass of Ice Lemon Tea (RM 5.80) and we’re all set to get the free appetizer. We were allowed to choose any appetizer that they have on the menu. Naturally, we went for the most expensive option available. 😀
Calzone Pizza – usually RM 10.90, Free in my case
I think maybe on my first visit, we had their set lunch, it was alright for me but not good enough for the friends. This time they no longer have the set lunch menu, and the food were much better. Of course, the price were much “better” too. And anyway, they don’t really need a set lunch menu. Even selling at full price, the place as properly packed with people.
Did I mention earlier that they also sell Secret Recipe cakes here? Well, vegetarian versions anyway, since this Beyond Veggie is a vegetarian restaurant.
In the end, all those worrying about not being able to spend RM 38 to qualify for the free appetizer was moot, because we were seated right next to this cake display. Throughout the meal, all 45 minutes of it, the cakes were staring us in the face, or rather, we were staring the cakes in the face. And when you are faced with such temptations for so long, you know what happens? Of course you know! How can you not know?
Hazelnut Choc Crunch – RM 7.50 per slice
auntie ex-colleague said she tried this cake before and it was super delicious. So I bought it for tea time. I can confirm that what she said is true. This cake is vegetarian, but it is one of the most delicious cake I have had before.
If you are a meat lover and apprehensive of vegetarian food, give this place a try. Or if you are a meat lover but the guy/girl that you are interested in loves vegetarian food, give this place a try. You might be pleasantly surprised. Yes, the price can be rather steep. No, wait a minute.. actually I think the price is alright as far as KL standards go. So.. there really isn’t any solid reason to stop you from trying this place out, is there? 😉