This week I went to a dinner meetup of the #BlogKC group at Blue Koi. Gatherings like this can be hard for gluten-free folks, not all restaurants are accommodating or aware of our needs. Add to that the challenge of a group of 20+ people ordering at the same time and the potential for being served gluten-full food is high. Blue Koi is a beautiful exception to this. I had an amazing gluten-free, vegetarian meal with a group of fun bloggers.
Before I was gluten-free, I liked eating at Blue Koi because the menu has always been clearly marked for vegetarians. Now I request their special “allergy” menu that lists items containing peanuts as well as a few other allergens. The bottom 2/3 of the menu is dedicated to wheat/gluten free menu items, detailing what substitutions should be requested. There are 3 or 4 entrees that are both gluten-free and vegetarian, in addition to a couple of starters. It is truly easy to order gluten-free and vegetarian at Blue Koi.
On this visit to Blue Koi, I chose Vegan Delights, vegetable broth with large slices of tofu, tofu ribbons, cabbage, carrots, daikon and rice noodles. The broth was hearty, butter-y, a little sweet and one of my favorite comfort foods. The large slices of tofu were a bit awkward to cut in a bowl of broth, the small plate our server dropped by was much appreciated so I could maintain some semblance of socially appropriate behavior on my first outing with this group of bloggers.
I only ate about 1/3 of the dish, it was a HUGE bowl. The rest was packed for me to take home (yes, I’m one of those people, I eat my restaurant leftovers) and it made a lovely dinner the next day. It might have been even better the next day, perhaps more flavorful. I’ll definitely order this dish again.