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Symphonie: Food For Recovering Meat-a-holics.

by john robertson (writer), Minneapolis, MN, March 03, 2009

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I am a vegetarian who still craves meat but refuses to indulge my longings; in much the same way Brad Pitt refused to feast on blood in Interview With A Vampire.

I'm a vegetarian with "meat envy".

No, this is not the tale of an average sized male nor the story of a mfm sex addict on Craigslist.

I am a vegetarian who still craves meat but refuses to indulge my longings; in much the same way Brad Pitt refused to feast on blood in Interview With A Vampire.

So, when "you know who" (from my Fellini review) and his son arrived into town, I thought, "Who better to dine with than two other people suffering from vegetarian denial? In my case, I deny myself meat. In their case, they deny loving meat."

Now that we have so much in common I took them to Symphonie.

Mandalay Pork: A very earnest impersonation of sweet and sour pork. It looks like deep fried pork, it feels like deep fried pork, but it tastes as much like pork as Folgers tastes like coffee. It does have many similar elements which made it sweet and sour pork identifiable, but the differences are too pronounced to mistake one for the other.

All in all, a pretty good dish and I think it probably succeeded at what it was trying to do because "YNW" loved it!

Teriyaki Chicken: It looked like Chicken Katsu, but it was chewier. It wasn't the prom queen of the table, but it was no pencil neck geek either. "YNW" pretty much ate that dish by himself.

Black Pepper Tofu: The Prom King and Queen rolled into one! Delicious, tender tofu on the inside, rolled in paper thin tofu skins, battered and fried to crispy, crackling, browned perfection. Plated nicely and smothered with Black Pepper Sauce, this was everyone's favorite! Even "YNW's", and that is saying a lot, because it wasn't pretending to be... you guessed it, meat.

I can get used to this vegetarian stuff... eventually. In the mean time, it's nice to know there are others to commiserate with.

Okay, okay... maybe I do have other types of meat envy as well.

What?

You think I'm gonna tell ya which kind?

Get outta here!

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john robertson is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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