On a recent trip Montclair (NJ), we discovered this casual Caribbean infused restaurant. Their menu offers a great selection of vegan and non-vegan options and plenty of Jamaican favorites.
It’s nicely decorated with framed chalkboards and “earthy” messages: “Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are the seeds. You either grow flowers or you can grow weeds”.
We were seated almost immediately and ordered some drinks. We enjoyed their signature Vitality smoothie prepared with pineapple, ginger, spinach and coconut water as well as their Milkless Milkshake made with raw almonds, dates, cinnamon and vanilla. Joining us in the background with its relaxing music, Bob Marley and the Wailers.
For starters, we ordered their Stuffed Avocados with arugula, almonds, pico de gallo and house vinaigrette. Simple, yet rich in flavors!
For the main entrees, I ordered the Curry Quinoa Wrap with avocados, mixed greens and tomatoes. My husband ordered their Black Bean Burger with sun dried tomatoes spread, mixed greens and mango salsa.
Both dishes were offered with either chips, okra fries or side salads. We decided to try the okra fries. Now, I am not a big fan of okra ( I blame it on my Cuban family for making me eat Cuban Quimbombo) but Vital’s fries won me over. I was pleasantly surprised with both its flavor and texture.
Overall, the food was fresh and spicy, a feast for the senses! The service was fantastic and the Caribbean atmosphere was nicely recreated. I can’t wait to go back to this place next year! I strongly recommend Vital to everyone visiting New Jersey.
For more information, check out their website: Vital Dining