THE MEATLESS OPTION

After indulging on all those celebration dishes during the holidays, we usually take that much-needed break and try to do good to our own bodies by eating light and healthy in January. One good way of cleansing the body of toxins is by turning to a plant-based or vegetarian diet. Lay off fat and cholesterol, which are usually found in meat, and turn to plant-based food. All the light and healthy stuff without compromising taste is what Green Bar has been has been doing since it opened in 2014.

Founded by vegan sisters Jaderani and Sarada Santos who, at a young age, were inspired to pursue a career that was harmonious with their love for animals, for the planet and for food, Green Bar has a menu replete with quality and tasty dishes that happen to be plant-based.

Photographs by Dolly Dy-Zulueta for the Daily Tribune Hollywood Bowl.

“We want to surprise and excite our customers regardless of their dietary choices. We welcome everyone and hope to spark some curiosity since we make all our own “meats” and “cheeses.” Everything we serve is plant-based,” explains Jaderani.

With roots in Southern California, vegan foodies and self-taught chefs Jaderani and Sarada have built Green Bar’s menu around Southern Californian food, such as their smothered Red Burrito and their new street tacos — Tofish Taco, Barbacoa Street Tacos, Chickun Elote Taco, and Al Pastor Seitan Taco — which are available individually or as a collective Quatro Taco Sampler.

Green Bar has a menu replete with quality and tasty dishes that happen to be plant-based.

Green Bar’s gourmet donuts.

 

The Santos sisters are very proud of their best-selling breakfast burrito, an all-day breakfast item that has scrambled tofu, fried potatoes, house-made sweet seitan sausage, spinach and creamy Hollandaise sauce, served with either mild pico de gallo or spicy chipotle salsa.

Aside from Red Burrito (which is chipotle-simmered, house-made seitan strips, rice, beans, Hass guac, pepper jack cheese, red bell pepper and onion wrapped in a flour tortilla and smothered in a rich enchilada sauce, chipotle ranch and cream), Green Bar’s Handholds selections include Korean BBQ Wrap and pulled pork sandwich. Korean BBQ Wrap has Korean BBQ shredded seitan, pickled daikon and carrots, cucumber, buttered garlic brown rice and cilantro in a wrap, served with kimchi. Pulled pork sandwich, meanwhile, is simmered BBQ pulled pork with a creamy, crunchy buttermilk slaw, served with sweet potato fries.

Pulled pork sandwich.

Green Bar has delightful starters on the menu, including Gyro Fries (house-made seitan, marinated until tender in a balsamic herb mix on top of a mountain of fresh cut potato fries, drizzled with garlic mayo, red onion and parsley).

Then there are the salads, such as Green Bar Salad (mixed greens, broccoli, shredded beets, chickpeas, kidney beans, shredded cabbage and pumpkin seeds, served with miso ginger dressing), and Hollywood Bowl (mixed greens, quinoa, chickpea salad, kidney beans, seasoned house seitan, purple cabbage, tomato, sunflower seeds and coconut bacon, served with cashew Caesar dressing).

Korean BBQ Wrap served with kimchi.

Add to these a few Hot Bowls (rice toppings) and sides like Broccoli Mac & Cheese and Creamy Coleslaw — all guiltless because they are plant-based — and the meatless option is presented before you. And, oh, Green Bar also makes delicious gourmet donuts and other freshly baked goodies.


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