I love trying new things! I also really love food! So when I get the chance to try a new restaurant, I jump at it. Last week, my friends took me out to a fabulous birthday dinner at a new restaurant in Studio City called The Gadarene Swine. You guys, this place AMAZING!!!The Gardarene Swine is a vegan restaurant quietly tucked away with a beautiful outdoor patio. Amazingly, they have a sustainable garden behind the restaurant, where a majority of the vegetables are grown. This is the type of vegan restaurant you can bring meat eaters (like me) to, because their dishes are out of this world.
Like I mentioned, a majority of the vegetables that you are eating actually grow in their very own garden. The garden is located behind the restaurant and they go out and pick fresh veggies daily. Farm to table at its finest! The chef is Phillip Frankland Lee and he does an amazing job pairing multiple items into each dish perfectly.
The menu purposefully doesn’t have a description of each dish. They do this in order for you to have more of an experience with your knowledgable waiter. The portion sizes are small to medium in size. They suggest doing the multiple course menus, but we opted to just pick a bunch of stuff a la carte so we could taste it all.
Let’s talk about what I tried and LOVED!
Lemon & Pistachio Kale Chips– They were good. I’m not a huge kale chip enthusiast. I’ve started to think that a kale chip is a kale chip. But I can definitely respect that they were homemade and they tasted like it.
Fried Olive Stuffed Olive– This dish is a MUST. This is their most popular starter and honestly it was the best olive I have ever had in my life. It’s an olive stuffed in an olive, lightly battered and flash fried. It had a little sweet glaze to top it off.
Tomato & Parsley Salad- So good. It was extremely flavorful with really fresh heirloom tomatoes.
Blackened Cauliflower– I love cauliflower! The blackened cauliflower is another dish I say you have try when you go here.
Peanut Butter & Jelly- This dish is so hard to explain. It’s pretty much their version of a PB&J on a homemade bread. They used a delicious house made nut butter and it was to die for. There was also some figs and mushrooms on top that added a great flavor profile.
Mushrooms with burnt Sweet Potato- This was my favorite of the entrees. You can’t go wrong with an assortment of mushrooms on top of a bed of sweet potatoes. Delicious!
Hand Rolled Vegetable Pasta- I love the idea of hand rolled pasta. I was gluten free for a while and the texture of this noodle seemed similar to quinoa noodles. It was a little tougher then I had expected.
Vegetables in a box- I really enjoyed the presentation of this dish. It was also extremely tasty. The box is edible and it pairs perfectly with the veggies
Dirty Rice with a bunch of vegetables- This was probably the biggest portion size on the menu. If we hadn’t gotten this we might have still been hungry. It was pretty simple and not super exciting. It was exactly what the name says it is.
Pear Pie- This was a deconstructed Pear Pie and it was my favorite of the two desserts. The “pie crust” was delicious with fresh pear slices on the side.
Coconut Pudding- The pudding had an assortment of fruit inside. A twist I loved to this dish was that there was a scoop of gelato inside the pudding.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to try some interesting dishes. It’s an adorable date spot! I will be making my way back to The Gadarene Swine to try out the rest of the menu very soon. They also include gratuity so you don’t have to figure that part out!
Wishing you Health, Wealth, & Happiness,