[This post is part of a series of reviews from my Winter 2014/15 trip to California]
We were a group of 10 people who wanted to eat everything from burgers and pizza to organic vegan dishes and brussel sprouts (I love brussel sprouts!) and Mohawk Bend was able to serve us all!
At Mohawk Bend, their foremost commitment is “to bring thoughtfully-sourced craft foods and drinks from every corner of California to your plate, using a low-waste workflow and sustainable materials.” Their ever-changing menu goes based on what’s in season and available from local farmers, and their menu is very unique as everything is vegan unless noted otherwise. They have two separate open kitchens – one is vegan, and the other is not.
The only thing mediocre about our Mohawk Bend meal was the service we received, but the food was fun, good and made everyone happy. It was a nice surprise for my mother on her birthday that she received a carafe of organic wine, courtesy of Doug McNish all the way from Canada, thanks Doug! Another great surprise at this meal was that one of our family friends that lives in California came to meet us there, making our group 11 happy people! It’s so great how much space they have at this restaurant, even when it’s busy to make space for large groups and it’s very comfortable, not cramped at all!
The one thing that I decided to not leave without trying was the battered avocado. Think of your classic fish and chips but instead of fish, it’s avocado. I know, you are thinking, “how amazing is that?” It was. It really was awesmazing!! I would also recommend you having at least one order of the Buffalo Cauliflower with vegan blue cheese dressing, we devoured the two orders that came to our table! They had tons of spice, so if you don’t like spicy foods, I take back the recommendation!
The restaurant is HUGE. It’s an old movie theatre that was converted to a front patio that was partly covered, a large bar area with seating, surrounded on either side with a bar with taps for beer as far as the eye could see and the two open kitchens, including a pizza oven, and a space where we sat at the back, but it’s the size of a large restaurant in itself. It has really cool exposed brick walls and a thatched wooden roof soaring to the sky. There was a large fireplace in the centre and the wood tables were surrounded with super comfortable orange chairs. It would definitely be a cool place to have a private party! I do recommend making a reservation even though it is so big since it was PACKED the whole time we were there.
We didn’t have desserts because of the number of nut-allergies that were in our party, which is typical, but there were vegan and gluten-free choices on their menu, that I’m sure could be enjoyed! We went back to our hotel to have birthday treats from Breakaway Bakery (allergen-free and delicious that I mentioned in this post) to celebrate my mom!
Restaurants that care about the environment and serving good food are awesmazing, thanks Mohawk Bend!