I admit that I was a little hesitant about rushing to Pink Avo as it kind of sounded like an avocado toast and overpriced smoothie place. Even on their website, they admit that avocados are kind of their specialty. Now it's not that I don't like avocados. I buy a bag every week on grocery day but I can put them on toast myself. The whole 'avocado toast' trend feels a little too Los Angeles and I naturally expect it to come with a side of organic wheatgrass and a coupon for some Gwyneth Paltrow endorsed products. Nevertheless, P.A. offers a nearly fully vegan menu and that is what we are all about this month. Also, I was fully over my prejudice by the time we had enjoyed their hospitality.
Pink Avo - Langley - Veganuary
Located right in the heart of Langley on Fraser Hwy between 204 and 206, Pink Avo offers an excellent place to grab a coffee or a brunch or lunch in a relaxing setting.
I have said (to anyone who will listen) that the step from vegetarian to vegan is made difficult by the giving up of cheese. And so we are constantly on the hunt for good 'cheez'! At Pink Avo, the Grilled Veganeeze is one of the best that we have had! Melty and rich with 2 kinds of plant-based cheese, a little bit of basil and tomato, Mharie and I wolfed this down a little too quickly.
The sandwich comes with a daily housemade soup which as if the gods had intervened, turned out to be tomato for the perfect combination! This was also wonderful soup with a perfect meeting of acidy and creamy.
We decided on a Coconut Rice Bowl also and that turned out to be a wise decision. Down at the bottom of the bowl, there was some very rich coconut basmati rice but the rest was a pretty tasty combination also. Smoked tofu and squash and a nice variety of greens made up the major part of this and it was topped with an apple cider vinaigrette that we chose to spend some time trying to recreate at home. Watermelon radish, the above-mentioned avocado and pumpkin seeds rounded out a very nice dish.
Speaking of dishes, everything is compostable here which is good. A strange side effect of COVID is that we don't seem to wash dishes in restaurants very often and so have reverted to single-use utensils and containers. Recycled materials and compostable are the least of that evil. Everyone is masked up and tables are well spread out. Service is order and pick-up at the counter which is social distance friendly. The folks behind the counter are helpful and enthusiastic about what they are serving.
BTW, they don't have regular drip coffee so I had a latte with oat milk which was very tasty and Mharie enjoyed her decaf Americano. Not a bad place for a vegan or anyone else who finds themselves in Langley.
Food 4 out of 5
Comfort 3 1/2 out of 5
Service 3 1/2 out of 5
Value 4 out of 5
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