Whenever I venture outside of Toronto I’m always surprised at how few vegetarian options there are. Such was the case during my trip to Prince Edward Island. Much of the time I was relegated to ordering a boring salad.
Charlottetown was a little more option friendly, but other than the quaint Splendid Essence Restaurant, it was still a challenge to find quality vegetarian dishes.
One of the places that I heard so much about was The Dunes Studio Gallery & Café. Dinner reservations are mandatory but lunch drop-ins, though not encouraged, are tolerated.
The Dunes is a trifecta of an establishment that offers a gallery of fine Canadian craftwork from over 50 artisans, including: woodworking, jewelry, textiles, stained and blown glass, candles, baskets, preserves, soaps, books, the list goes on.
There is also a pottery studio, and of course the restaurant, whose balcony overlooks a stunning sculpture garden that patrons are welcome to walk through whenever they want.
Despite a satisfying meal, I was still disappointed that there was only one vegetarian option provided on the menu from the entrée section, which turned out to be a filling and delicious black bean taco. The soup of the day was a broccoli almond combination that I ordered for my starter, so at least I knew they are thinking about expanding their vegetarian choices.
But I will say that it annoys me how much meat people eat, and how thoughtlessly they go about doing so. Especially so-called “foodies” who don’t seem to care about the ethical implications of the meals they not only demand, but consume with such a vigorous appetite.
With all the information at our disposal, and all the delicious vegetarian recipes available to make, it’s a wonder that PEI doesn’t adopt a more diverse selection when building their menus.
I’m not so sure if I will ever understand the foodie movement. As an Italian food is a cultural tradition, where in Canada foodies turn everything into a trend. I simply don’t get the appeal, and my confusion is steeped in my own upbringing. I’m not saying it’s good or bad, just that it’s my observation.
I really wish that people would consume less meat. There is so many reasons to do so, including saving our planet, and of course, animal welfare.
Anyway, this post is all over the place thematically. Regardless of the limited vegetarian options in PEI (I mean how much lobster can a person eat?) I was happy with the food at The Dunes, and definitely recommend that if you’re in PEI that you go and eat there.
Go for the food, stay for the white wine sangria!
The Dunes Studio Gallery & Café
RR#9 Brackley Beach, PEI