Well, we've been to Firecrust Pizza before but in my pre-vegan days. We liked their wood-burning oven pizza. So when I figured out they had some vegan options, we decided to give that a try.
Firecrust Pizza - Vegan Options
In Langley, Firecrust is located in the strip mall at the southeast corner of 200th and the Bypass. We ordered to go but this is a very nice restaurant with a nice patio that would have been perfect on this warm Sunday afternoon.
We started with a Veganeze Salad. This was definitely a salad I would order again. Spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, dried cranberries, pecans and other salad stuff. There was also some pretty good vegan Italian sausage and a sesame tahini dressing. To be honest, this is the only thing that I would return to Firecrust for.
We started with a Vegan Margherita. This used to be my measuring standard for a pizza joint and Firecrust didn't do too badly historically (and omnivorously). While this time, the crust was pretty good with decent leoparding and the tomato sauce and basil were good, the cashew based cheese was a bit of a disaster. It's not that it tastes bad but it has some pretty sad melting quality. Calling it a Margherita is maybe the mistake as it invites comparison.
The BBQ Chicken is the other "We Build" vegan pizza on the menu. Same strengths as the Margherita as in decent crust, well cooked this time with red onion and barbeque sauce. We couldn't actually identify the vegan chicken and aren't sure if it was forgotten or just was the same as the cashew cheese. Admittedly, we asked for pineapple (my wife misses Hawaiian pizza) but that seemed to blend with the sweet barbeque sauce. Again, the cashew mozzarella was not thrilling. If it weren't for the fact that there is so much good vegan cheese available now, this would not be a big deal and the pizza was tasty overall.
Firecrust has a nice dinning area and very good service. I know from past experience that they crank out very good omnivorous pizza. It is hard to criticize a place if they are at least making an effort to offer plant-based options but they definitely need to make the small step up to better cheese. If it is strictly a cost issue, vegan are used to paying a couple of extra bucks.
Food 2 1/2 out of 5
Vegan Options 3 out of 5
Comfort 4 out of 5
Service 4 out of 5
Value 3 out of 5
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