La Vida Vegan: All Thai-ed Up
The Dish: House-made red curry with eggplant, bell pepper, bamboo shoots, basil, and steamed tofu.
The Spot: Chi Extraordinary Kitchen, 2789 Adams Avenue, University Heights
The Scene: The restaurant is small and cozy. The vibe feels peaceful and intimate, even quiet in a good way. As I walk in, all the diners I spot are engaged in their food, their cups of tea, and their conversations.
The Bottom Line: The curry’s spices blend wonderfully with the coconut milk, making a perfect base. The fresh basil adds a sweet, fragrant aroma, the vegetables in the curry are perfectly cooked, and the tofu is firmly pressed but still maintains a soft texture, ideal for soaking in all of the flavors.