Review: Food good for health and good for the earth served at Bellagreen | Food drink
Green is more than part of the Bellagreen name. The restaurant is committed to reducing its ecological footprint at each of its locations, including that of Les Hauteurs.
Bellagreen claims to do this through water conservation, alternative energy, chemicals and pollution reduction, sustainable furniture and building materials, and sustainable food practices. The American bistro uses fresh ingredients and does everything from scratch.
The menu is packed with options like soup, salad, pasta, main courses and more, in addition to gluten-free and vegetarian options.
On a recent visit, I started my meal with a cup of roasted poblano and corn bisque, which is both gluten-free and vegetarian. The bisque, which is typically a popular seafood soup, included fire-grilled corn and Oaxacan poblano peppers. It was simmered with garlic and shallots, then creamy for a smooth texture. Red and yellow peppers and cilantro were served as a garnish.
The soup was thick and creamy. The poblano gave it a bit of heat while the bell pepper added a sweetness. The temperature of the soup fluctuated between hot and room temperature. I would have preferred it to be warmer.
For my main entree, I chose Bellagreen’s signature dish, the chicken in the brick. It’s boneless chicken marinated overnight with herbs, garlic, and olive oil, then sautéed in a pan. The garnish included lemon slices and a sprig of rosemary.
Chipotle mashed sweet potatoes and roasted vegetables came alongside. The seasonal vegetables were cauliflower, broccoli and carrots.
Sautéing the chicken in the pan gave it a nice crust around the edges of the chicken. The meat was tender and the herbs had seeped into the chicken. The skin tended to slip off the middle pieces of the chicken when I cut it, but even without the skin it was tasty.
The chipotle in mashed sweet potatoes made it interesting. It spices up a little to contrast the sweet potato. The roast vegetable was good, crunchy and seasoned. My favorite was the carrots. They tended to have a better balance between softness and crunchiness.
That last side made me crave carrot cake for dessert, which is the only gluten-free dessert on the menu. When I first saw the plate that arrived at my table with a slice of cake on it, my first reaction was, “Looks like they’re overdoing it.
The cake was first covered with lines of strawberry and peach sauce, then the cake was placed on top. A piece of dark chocolate was placed on the cake and on the side was a strawberry and a small scoop of ice cream.
After a few bites, I started to think maybe more wasn’t so bad in this case. The sauce added an interesting aroma, and the chocolate might not have been eaten with the cake, but it was still good to have on the side. The vanilla ice cream was thick and reminded me of Haagen-Dazs ice cream.
The carrot cake itself was a solid spice cake. The frosting was not too sweet and well balanced with the cake. While the cake was a bit dry, the frosting and sauces made up for it.
Address: 748 E. 11th St.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Price: $ 5.99 – $ 17.99
Welcomes children: Yes
Healthy options: Yes
Star of the show: Brick chicken