Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Restaurant Redemption: Terra Cafe

For the past year, I have posted a ton of restaurant reviews. Some good, some bad, many indifferent. When my blog began to pick up some momentum, some restaurants that I've graded low, or maybe not so low, have contacted me in various ways. Some are angry, and some want to know how they can improve my experience.

Restaurant Redemption is a small series I've created that will allow me to give those restaurants who are keeping up with their social media (notably, my blog) and have made an attempt to rectify a poor or mediocre dining experience. For the restaurants that have contacted me, I'm giving it another dining go. For the most part, I will try a different dish and make note of the previous observations about the experience as a whole.

I blogged about Terra Cafe close to their opening and got a lot of feedback about how in the following months, they began to correct some of the issues, like portion size and other hiccups. I went recently with a couple friends to give it another go.

The interior is the same modern, sleekness that exudes young professionalism. It is a cool atmosphere with free wifi and some comfy sitting areas. (Side note: We actually Facebooked Terra late Sunday night to ask if they did have wifi, and they responded right away - nice!)

The wait service was vastly improved, which I expected now that they're seasoned. This time, I went for the Thai Peanut Wrap - "grilled chicken, fresh mango and mixed greens wrapped with Thai peanut sauce. Served with ginger-orange dipping sauce." For my side, I went with hummus and pita. My total this time was more around $11, and the portions were much larger. Unfortunately, I know this is because they're cutting back on the "local" and "organic" food.

The food was great. The wrap had a smart balance of sweet and slightly tangy. The dipping sauce was coarsely ground, and had a little bit of a bite to it. It added some more tang to the dish. And the hummus was great - creamy and had some depth. And, best of all, my tummy was full and happy when I left. They kept the great food (minus that salad...), lowered some of the prices and worked out some of the kinks. It's still on the pricier side for sandwiches and salads, but if they're all this great tasting, it's probably worth it. I know they change the menu seasonally, too, so you might want to check it out to see what your options are. Their Sunday Cajun buffet is also supposed to be good, but I have yet to try it.

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