Conscious Bite, Week 2: Prasad

For the second post of our Conscious Bite series, Shane and I decided to hit up where we believe to be regarded as Portland’s most well known vegan restaurant: Prasad. Prasad is the cafe portion of Yoga Pearl, located at the edge of the Pearl District on NW Davis. If you would like to reread the preface regarding the purpose of our Conscious Bite adventures, you can view our first post here!

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At my prior job, I wandered over to Prasad frequently for their wholesome tasty smoothies and juices but never got the chance to test out the food portion of their menu.

The storefront on NW Davis

The storefront on NW Davis

Shane with the Iced Wellness Toddy (fresh lemon, ginger juice, local honey, cayenne & echinacea)

Shane with the Iced Wellness Toddy (fresh lemon, ginger juice, local honey, cayenne & echinacea)

We decided to sit outside and soak some out-of-office Vitamin D and 90 degree heat. To start, we ordered the iced wellness toddy as a precaution considering how many of our coworkers have been recently ill. It was refreshing and I loved the zingy and potent flavours from the cayenne pepper and raw ginger.

Action Shot

Action Shot

El Dorado Salad (raw): Spinach & mixed greens, yam rice, walnut taco crumbles, avocado, sun-dried tomato, scallions, cilantro, jalapeno cashew cheese and red chili vinaigrette

El Dorado Salad (raw): Spinach & mixed greens, yam rice, walnut taco crumbles, avocado, sun-dried tomato, scallions, cilantro, jalapeno cashew cheese and red chili vinaigrette

I ordered the El Dorado Salad which very much resembled a Vegan Taco Salad I had at Canteen on SE Stark a few weeks back. It was fresh, delicious and the perfect type of meal to have on a day that hot. The white sauce is the jalapeno cashew cheese which gave the salad some creaminess (along with the avocado of course) and the chili vinaigrette added a bit of spice. After having gone on a Baby Food Diet last week (for a work project mind you), I have learned to appreciate chewing and varying textures and this salad did just that between the nutty crunch of the taco crumbles, some starchiness in the yam rice and some crisp from the greens and scallions. Definitely a good choice.

Dragon Bowl: Rice, beans, sea vegetables, avocado, steamed greens, sesame seeds, scallions, & red cabbage with peanut sauce

Urban Bowl: Mixed greens with olive oil, steamed kale, cabbage, sea vegetables, avocado, carrots, scallions, sesame & hemp seeds with peanut sauce and rice.

Shane chose the Urban Bowl. Yes, it was also delicious and fresh but a little bit on the boring side in both our opinions…or rather just boring in comparison to the salad I chose.

Fresh and beautifully presented lunch

Fresh and beautifully presented lunch

Mid-bite

Mid-bite

Conclusion: We agree the offerings at Prasad succeed on the fresh and conscious scale. It is located in the Pearl District so the prices do tend to be a little bit on the steep side (you’re looking at $8+ for most salads and bowls); however you can rest assured that all the ingredients used are of the highest quality. We also recently found out that the owners of Prasad recently opened Harlow, a larger restaurant in SE Portland which we are looking forward to checking out in the near future. I have to say, that as much of a self proclaimed meathead I am, I have been enjoying exploring all the fascinating and creative vegan dishes there are out there through these Conscious Bite expeditions.

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