Jiko

Dinner at Jiko was fabulous. It’s a Signature Dining restaurant, and I guess you just can’t go wrong with Signature Dining! Jiko in particular is incredibly vegan friendly. They have a special vegan menu (ask for it when you check in) that includes flatbreads, appetizers, entrees, and a real chef-crafted dessert!

I started off with a virgin Sunriser, a tasty fruity drink of orange, pineapple, and cranberry juices.

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One of the table breads was vegan. This was the most savory, delicious bread I’ve ever had. I’m working on a copycat recipe (stay tuned)! They brought olive oil for the bread, but it didn’t even need it.

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For our appetizer, we ordered the Roasted Cauliflower Flatbread (with the bhuna masala on the side, since I was afraid it’d be too spicy, but it actually wasn’t too bad!).

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Since there were 3 of us and 4 vegan options on the menu, we got to order 3 different entrees!  Each of us sampled them all, and it was apparent that each entree was expertly crafted.

The Grilled Seitan was excellent quality. It was tender and moist and flavorful. The mashed potatoes were incredible, and the mixed greens were delicious as well.

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I loved my Maize-crusted Tofu. It was the most mild entree they offered, and while it was more subtle than the others (which I personally prefer), it was very flavorful. The tofu, grains, greens, and sauce were all perfectly paired and delicious, without being overstated. I loved every aspect of that dish.

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The Egyptian Kushari was definitely the spiciest of all. Great variety of ingredients (okra, peppers, olives, root vegetables, lentils, couscous, raisins, and more!) with a very bold flavor!

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And as if all that wasn’t enough… The Coconut Milk Panna Cotta was such an incredible deviation from your standard dessert fare, and incredibly delicious. This is another recipe I need to recreate!

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I think Jiko is one of the best table service choices for vegans, especially anyone looking for a more upsacle or relaxing atmosphere. Everything we tried was well executed, and it was so nice to have such a variety, including flatbreads and dessert, to choose from.

Keep in mind Signature Dining does usually have about a $30/entree price tag. But you are getting some exceptional quality food and ambiance for that price.

Update: There have been a few slight changes since our last visit, but everything is still fantastic. Most recent visit was July 2015. There weren’t any grains served with the maize-crusted tofu. I hope they bring them back, but it’s still very delicious without. The bread is different; still tasty and still vegan (one option), but this one I did prefer with the quality olive oil they brought out. Many other things were the same: Seitan, flatbreads, DESSERT! Jiko is still an incredible fine dining option.

Peri peri seitan flatbread with tomatoes subbed for bell peppers and added spinach

Peri peri seitan flatbread with tomatoes subbed for bell peppers and added spinach

New multi grain bread

New multi grain bread with great olive oil

Asparagus soup (soups generally change seasonally)

Asparagus soup (soups generally change seasonally)

Maize-crusted tofu

Maize-crusted tofu

House-made seitan

House-made seitan

Coconut milk panna cotta

Coconut milk panna cotta

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