I want to make one thing very clear: I am NOT a veganist. Sure, I may make jokes and call vegetables “rabbit food”, but it’s all in good fun. I love vegetarians/vegans. In fact, some of my best friends are vegans! Okay, that’s not really true: I only know one person who’s vegan, and he’s more of a colleague than a friend, and he’s an on again off again vegan, but still, I really have nothing against that type of lifestyle. Non-celiac gluten free people on the other hand…
Because action speaks louder than words, I recently visited The Naam. They are a popular, casual restaurant in Kits serving up vegetarian/vegan food. I only had their desserts since I love sweets (and definitely NOT because I find non-meat entrees to be unfulfilling). I had their Naam Carrot Cake, Double Fudge Cake, and Raspberry Chocolate Cake, the latter being VEGAN (because I’m totally not a veganist!).
Raspberry Chocolate Cake ($6.75):
This is vegan, and apparently contains cashews, and is served with a side of raspberry sauce.The cake was quite soft and moist, and contained a layer of fudge, which was dense but relatively light. Although chocolatey, I did find the flavours to be a bit muted and bland; I personally would have liked the cake to be a bit sweeter. I quite enjoyed the raspberry sauce however, which had a intensey tangy flavour that paired well with the chocolate.
Naam Carrot Cake ($6.75):
The cake contained walnuts, carrots and raisins. Although not dry, it did have a crumbly texture that I was not the biggest fan of. I did also find it to be a bit bland. However, it did have a nice bit of spice, a well as a good amount of nuts, which I really enjoyed. I quite liked the cream cheese frosting, which was creamy and tangy: I only wish there as more of it present.
Double Fudge Cake ($6.75):
This was my favourite of the three desserts. The cake was quite moist and chocolatey, although it was a tad bland on its own. Fortunately, it was coated in a layer of chocolate icing, which was rich and sweet, and provided a great compliment to the cake.
I’m glad to have tried out The Naam. While I did find their desserts to have a bit of a “healthy” taste (and I don’t know if that’s real or just in my head), they are still quite enjoyable. The service is a bit disorganized, but the staff are very friendly. All in all, this seems like a great place if you’re vegetarian/vegan (or if you’re trying to prove to others that you’re not against vegetarians/vegans).
Recommendations: Double Fudge Cake, Raspberry Chocolate Cake (if you’re vegan)