As the cold machinations and metallic tubing that compose the human body evolve into fleshy organic musculature, people will begin to require natural nourishment for sustenance. Prepare for dietary evolution with today's deal: for $6, you get $12 worth of earth-grown grub at Prasad. Prasad is a counter-service restaurant where hungry organisms can quickly grab a bite or snatch a sip.
This primarily gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan establishment uses more than 90% organic ingredients in its creative dishes. The fresh menu brings together soups, salads, bowls, sandwiches, and breakfast items in a culinary harmony unseen since the California Raisins dominated the air waves. Morning eats are served until 11:00 a.m. every day and include gluten-free hot oatmeal with dried figs, currants, brazil nuts, fruit, cinnamon, and a dash of maple syrup ($6), as well as the chipotle tempeh scramble blending spinach, sundried tomatoes, carrots, and avocado in an eggless arena ($7), among others.
Later-day fare is covered by the bliss salad (a green arrangement of currants, Calimyrna figs, walnuts, quinoa, beets, carrots, spinach, and greens beneath a dash of lemon-ginger dressing, $8) and the chili bowl, which brings together Bhutanese red rice, roasted garlic chili, steamed greens, avocado, scallions, and a mix of green chili and garlic tahini sauces ($8). A fleet of hearty wraps pleases the utensilphobic with concoctions such as the freedom wrap with pumpkin, a sun-garden pate, sprouts, cucumbers, avocado, pickled daicon radish, and collard greens all wrapped together with a green-chili-sauce cummerbund ($9). Cap it all off with an all-organic juice ($3–$7) or smoothie ($5–$8) such as the Sweet Julie with strawberry, avocado, date, and mint.
The Oregonian praises Prasad:
- A brand-new vegan restaurant has sprouted in the old Blossoming Lotus space, and its ready-made wraps are a find for anyone who finds themselves eating on the run. The TLTA whole-wheat wrap is stuffed with chipotle-marinated tempeh, roasted tomatoes, spinach and mashed avocadoes, with a squeeze of lime to wake up the flavors. Even more delicious is the Hero, with zucchini hummus, cheese-free basil pesto, sun-dried tomatoes greens, bean sprouts and kalamata olives in a whole-wheat tortilla. – Grant Butler
Four Yelpers give Prasad a perfect five stars:
- I treated myself to one of the most delicious smoothies I've ever tasted-- Retrospection: almond butter, cacao nibs, mint, banana and maca. The nut milk is made fresh daily and the balance of flavors was beautiful. – N. M.