Consciousness-Blossoms is an vegetarian restaurant inspired by meditation teacher, Sri Chinmoy. The restaurant recently celebrated a grand re-opening (after being closed for several months) with several new menu options. The restaurant is very popular with locals, due to the limited number of vegetarian/vegan options in town.
Breakfast and lunch are served everyday except for Monday, and a new Friday dinner is also offered. Breakfast selections include: egg dishes, omelettes, vegan pancakes, buckwheat pancakes, cereals, and an assortment of drinks including 100% fresh fruit smoothies.
Lunch selections include: sandwiches, soups, wraps, grilled cheese, salads, and a few entrees (NeatLoaf sandwich, Stir Fry with Tempeh or Tofu).
I had the soup and salad bowl, which included a House Salad and serving of either the daily soup or special of the day. The House Salad was a bit of a disappointment as the serving size was tiny, veggies were limited, and the dressing was pretty bland. On the other hand, the Tomato Peanut Soup was an amazingly tasty spicy treat.
Since we were there for the opening night and they were offering samples from the menu, we decided to try out the Stir Fry dish and the soup of the day (White Bean). Both were pretty good, although I am not a huge fan of Tofu so I probably wouldn't order again.
The Boca Burger is a good option for vegans as it contains no animal products, and it can also be made gluten-free by ordering it on millet bread. A serving of vegetarian garnish or blue corn chips is served with each entree, however, they were so busy for the opening night that our waitress forgot to ask us which we would prefer.
Unfortunately, we would have opted for the blue corn chips, but were forced to eat the garnish, which just consisted of a minuscule portion of shredded beets.
Overall, the servings sizes were just too small for the price and in general the food presentation was just off. This is unusual for a vegetarian restaurant as most pride themselves on great presentation. Perhaps it was due to the busy opening date?
In terms of allergy friendliness, the menu could use a few more creative
gluten- free and dairy-free options, however, gluten-free bread is available for an extra charge so you can still enjoy a sandwich. Most salad dressings are gluten-free as well.
Service was horrendous, one of the worst experiences we have had in the Tampa area. It took 20 minutes for a waitress to acknowledge us and over an hour to get our food. Our dishes were brought out over 30 minutes apart from each other, so we were unable to eat together.
Our waitress never came back to check on us and was quite rude when we initially inquired about ingredients, despite advertising themselves as a health restaurant. Restaurants that offer a healthy menu with allergy friendly options should clearly mark their menus or at least hire staff that is both knowledgeable about ingredients and more than willing to answer any questions.
Every seat in the house was packed, unfortunately we overhead many customers complaining about the poor service.
Both indoor and outdoor seating is offered. The indoor seating was a bit cramped, so we chose to sit outside. The setting was a bit bland with not much decor and an ugly view of the parking lot. However, it was a better option than the noisy, overcrowded indoor dining room.
I would not visit Consciousness Blossoms again. The restaurant needs to improve service, along with offering a more diverse and exciting menu before they get my business again.