Workshop Kitchen & Culture is a great place to go for a business lunch because it’s literally half a block away from my office. I met Lisa for lunch during a work day – she’s a friend and a colleague so it’s always fun to catch up and talk about personal and work stuff. The restaurant is always packed with people – you really need a reservation, even just to pop in for lunch. It was cold out, so I ordered tea. Tea is tea, but the special touch here is that they heated up the milk! I don’t get tea very often so I thought this was a really nice gesture.
I was sticking to my guns to be healthy and since I have had the wicked polenta lasagna once before, I went for a soup and salad. I had the Crunchy Vegetable Salad for $15 with sunflower seed pesto, halloumi cheese, puffed buckwheat, and chermoula dressing. It was honestly, just meh. However, it sure was crunchy, so the name holds true! I just found there wasn’t enough flavour… it needed more dressing, and when I ate the cheese with the salad that was the only time there was a nice punch of flavour (aka salt). I wouldn’t get this salad again, especially not for $15 (although I know that halloumi isn’t cheap). The salad was beautifully plated, but the plate was huge. With my tea and our water glasses and my soup and Lisa’s dish, we had to rearrange all the space on our little table to fit this huge plate of salad on the table. Pretty, yet rather impractical.
I think the soup of the day, which I ordered, was a roasted carrot and cauliflower with crispy chickpeas on top. Whatever it was, it really was delightful. If I could make soup like that at home perhaps I’d never leave my house on a cold winter’s day!
Workshop is still one of my preferred places close to work, so I’m sure my number of blog posts about it will just keep growing…