When life gets stressful, you skip town to go to art museums and eat vegan food. Maybe that’s just me, but I’ve had a lot going on recently and I needed to get out of town for a bit, see something different. It was cold, so spending a few hours looking at art was a good plan.
After working up an appetite we went to Fiction Kitchen, a fun vegetarian restaurant in downtown Raleigh. Nearly everything on the menu had a vegan option. It was all so exciting. Luckily, I had 2 of my foodie friends with me, so we got to try a lot of food. It was a Saturday night and the place was busy, the hostess told us the wait would be about an hour, but it was only 30-45 minutes (and worth the wait).
The place was busy, but the service was wonderful and the kitchen slung out food at a nice pace. The restaurant gets high marks for staff.
I started my night off with a drink, it was their drink special, the Fiction Fizz. It was a fancy gin fizz (gin made in NC, orange juice, hibiscus syrup, ginger bitters, and some other things, as well as aqua faba). I’ve been wanting to experiment with aqua faba before in both drinks and cooking. This was my perfect chance to try it in a drink.
Oh my gosh: The drink was so good. I wasn’t a big fan of the garnish and the drink probably would have been better served in a coupe or martini glass, but that’s just being nit picky. It tasted amazing! The aqua faba made it have a nice frothy texture.
The table shared an appetizer. One of my friends loves Pimento Cheese, so we opted for the vegan pimento cheese with onion jam and bread. The texture on the cheese was amazing and it tasted good. I really liked the onion jam.
My dinner was the pulled pork plate. It featured a Lexington style sauce (vinegar and tomato bbq sauce). It came with a smashed potato, slaw, and a side of my choosing (I picked greens to keep with the Southern theme), and vegan corn bread. I’ve never been a fan of mock meat and I found the texture to be chewy and not the best. The sauce wasn’t as vinegary as some Lexington style sauces, but the meat had a nice smoky flavor to it. The smashed potato was a fun potato pancake. It was crispy on the edges and soft in the center. It tasted like comfort. The greens were good, but I would have preferred them cut into smaller pieces, but that’s just me being nit picky. The corn bread was some of the best vegan corn bread I’ve had.
One of my friends ordered the vegan chicken and waffles. It was so good. The fried chicken was a bit chewy (normal for mock meat). The waffles were perfect, nice and crisp outside and soft inside. Chicken and waffles seemed to be one of the most popular dishes; it’s easy to understand why.
My other friend ordered the vegan sushi. It had a nori roll (maki style, without rice) that was filled with vegetables and sashimi tofu. The rolls were a nice mix of flavor and texture that reminded one of sushi. I do think they would have benefited from the normal, healthy dose of tangy rice. The flavor was nice and getting something other than the standard cucumber or avocado roll is always a treat. The sashimi tofu was really nice. It had a mild flavor. The coolest thing about the tofu is that they did something around the outermost layer to make it flaky, almost like a fish skin. It was super cool and fun to eat.
There were vegan desserts too! We picked the lemon vanilla cheesecake with a ginger snap crust and a winter berry coulis. The cheesecake had an amazing texture. I wish it has a bit more lemon tang, but it was really nice.
The Fiction Kitchen had solid food and great service. I would go back again.