Since embarking on my year long course at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I have slowly started implementing a new way of eating. One of less meat and dairy, and more vegetables and clean eating. Of course, remaining gluten-free.
Gobo, Japanese for “burdock root”, is one of two restaurants owned by David & Darryn Wu – sons of the owners of Zen Palate. One is located in the West Village and the other which I visited, on the Upper East Side.
The gluten-free menu is rather small, but in all honestly, it helped me narrow down my choices.
That being said, we ordered, and for the most part shared:
I usually don’t trust miso soup at Japanese restaurants being gluten-free but this was 100% GF, and delicious.
Such an interesting take on traditional lettuce wraps. The white stuff (which looks like feta) was actually crispy rice of some sort. The only thing this was lacking was some type of dipping sauce. I intended on fixing that and ordered a side of tahini sauce to use.
I’m not really sure where the herbed tofu cheese was, but this dish was amazing. Even the string beans had great seasoning (although rather garlicy – beware if on a date).
A pretty interesting, rather plain dish. It was more or less cabbage rolled in daikon or something of that texture. The sauce made the dish. It tasted like a peanut sauce.
Another delicious dish – tempeh, carrots & potatoes mixed in a curry sauce. I could have done without the potatoes though – and added more veggies.
Spoon the curry sauce over this for instant amazing-ness.
Not gluten-free so I didn’t try this one.
According to our waiter, none of the desserts were gluten-free (even the tapioca pudding?). Probably a good thing because the last thing I needed was dessert. The only bad part of the meal? There were no leftovers to take home!
A must try – even for carnivores.
Pros: Gluten-free menu. Delicious twist of Japanese cuisine – all vegetarian.
Cons: Would have loved a more intimate ambiance/decor.