The Jane Bond

In the midst of the construction season, this sweltering heat occasionally sparks my craving for a light and refreshing meatless meal. With a growing number of vegetarian restaurants in the KW region, I thought it’ll be nice to periodically introduce and review one.

Many people hold misconceptions about the vegetarian diet, thinking that they will never feel satiated since there is no meat. Here are the different types of vegetarian diet:

When people think about a vegetarian diet, they typically think about a diet that doesn’t include meat, poultry or fish. But vegetarian diets vary in what foods they include and exclude:

  • Lacto-vegetarian diets exclude meat, fish, poultry and eggs, as well as foods that contain them. Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, yogurt and butter, are included.
  • Lacto-ovo vegetarian diets exclude meat, fish and poultry, but allow dairy products and eggs.
  • Ovo-vegetarian diets exclude meat, poultry, seafood and dairy products, but allow eggs.
  • Vegan diets exclude meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products — and foods that contain these products.

Some people follow a semivegetarian diet — also called a flexitarian diet — which is primarily a plant-based diet but includes meat, dairy, eggs, poultry and fish on occasion or in small quantities.

Some might feel that going vegetarian (even for a meal or two) will leave them hungry due to the lack of animal protein. However, there is an abundance of great plant-based protein such as legumes, soy, nuts and seeds. Even whole grains or dark leafy greens contain protein!

Spinach has more protein than beef?

Looking at it from a calorie perspective, 100 calories of ground beef has 10 grams of protein while 100 calories of fresh baby spinach has 12 grams. Per calorie, spinach does have more protein than ground beef. Percentage-wise, spinach is 30% protein while ground beef is 40% protein (and 60% fat)

Tadah! Now now, stop using the excuse of “I will not feel full!” when someone invites you out for a vegetarian meal. That is simply ignorance and stubbornness. Vegetarian meals can be deeeeelicious too!

Unfortunately, although Y loves his vegetables, he loves his meat more. Hence, I invited my godmother to The Jane Bond for a much anticipated vegetarian meal.

Located across the street from the original Princess Cinema, I had no idea Jane Bond is a vegetarian restaurant! Since it is associated with the Starlight Night Club on King Street, I had always thought of Jane Bond as a place more focused on music events and drinks. However, Jane Bond does offer a wide variety of appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts.

First Impression:

It was extremely dark inside compared to the bright summer day. We were momentarily blinded.

Quirky decor and furniture. It was a little too dark for my godmother’s liking but we were lucky enough to snag the last corner table on the patio.

Definitely a great day to be out on the patio enjoying the sun and great conversation.

On the Table for Maple:

  1. Button Mushrooms ($9)
  2. Fat Ass Grilled Cheese  ($8)
  3. Burrito ($10)

The refreshing glass of water with lemon & blueberry was much appreciated.

Button Mushrooms sauteed in red wine & fresh herbs, served with garlic feta dip & ciabatta.

Godmother enjoyed the mushrooms, but I thought they were too oily. I noticed that numerous restaurants seem to be gearing towards using ciabatta lately.

Grilled cheese with apple-wood smoked cheddar & caramelized onions on ciabatta.

This item stood out immediately – the name was too hilarious for us to pass. The combination of chedder and onions was delicious, but the ciabatta was waaaay  too greasy and overly buttered. (There is a typo error on their website for the spelling of ciabatta, heh.)

Burrito with mixed beans, rice, lettuce, monterey jack, salsa & guacamole served with sour cream.

Extremely generous with the fillings -the burrito was really dense. I picked the burrito up excitedly but before I could even bite into it, the burrito fell apart due to the heavy and watery fillings. I decided to use my fork & knife but even then, the wrap was too soggy from the beans to hold up. Not blaming them – I thoroughly enjoyed the tasty mixture within the burrito.

I have yet to find a good solid burrito with great fillings and yet, un-soggy wrap. Please recommend if you do know of a great burrito place! Burrito Boyz does not count.

Very colourful, very appetizing.

I realized that none of the dishes were exactly spot-on, but I did not leave Jane Bond unsatisfied. Serving sizes were very generous – we only managed to finish the mushrooms and had half the burrito & grilled cheese left to brown bag. I really enjoyed the atmosphere. Everyone seem to be just havin’ a beer, just chillin’ on the hot summer evening.

The food might not be the best, but I love the mysterious attitude Jane Bond brings to Uptown Waterloo. It is definitely worth coming back for their music nights – check out their website for featured events.

Cheers.

Verdict:

1) Price: $ – reasonable for huge portions
2) Ambiance: Relaxing atmosphere, quirky decor, special music events daily
3) Service: Slightly slow since it was a busy Friday night
4) Taste: A little greasy, but overall tasty

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