10 April 2013

Well-Balanced and Vegetarian

It’s been a while since the Main Street Gazette has gone vegetarian. Mostly because my wife, Aileen Sheehan-Wilson, hasn’t been back to try any new dishes recently. Having finally recovered from vacation, she is back with some new places and new tastes for all of you out there. Without further ado, here she is!

Hello Main Street Gazette readers! I am back for another tasty vegetarian review. Today we are going to a location that I have refused to step foot in pretty much every single time I am at Walt Disney World, the Electric Umbrella. Why would I eat there when there are so many amazing options in Epcot? In January, however, I swallowed my pride and I have to say, I am so glad I did! The vegetable flatbread is a hidden gem at this normally uninspiring establishment.

Let’s get down to the description, the flatbread is topped with roasted zucchini and eggplant on a red pepper spread and capped with yogurt dressing and cilantro. The vegetable flatbread starts with a thin flatbread that has just the right amount of crispy edges to chewy dough.  Next we move on to the red pepper spread and roasted veggies. I love, love, love the removal of red tomato sauce that you often see on flatbreads and the addition of the red pepper spread! It has a spicy flavor that reminds me of Indian curry and brings a sense of uniqueness to the dish. The combination of zucchini and eggplant is quite good but please don’t expect roasted vegetables with any true char flavor. Both are cooked well, but are not anything to write home about when it comes to flavor. Last we have the yogurt dressing and cilantro. The dressing is like an Indian raita, a condiment made with yogurt and has seasonings such as coriander, cumin, mint, cayenne and often cucumber.  It has a wonderful flavor while also cooling down the other spices in the dish. The final topping of cilantro is a great addition and definitely helps the flatbread look finished.

Please take note; this is not a vegan dish. You may be able to get the flatbread without the yogurt dressing, but I can’t guarantee that the flatbread and red pepper spread are free of egg and dairy.

So, what is my final verdict?  I love Indian food, so this dish was right up my alley. In fact, I would even go back to the Electric Umbrella to have it again!

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