Entering Broccoli Revolution is like being separated from the city in a snap.
Pastel and earthy decors, dim lighting, hanging ferns, and a high ceiling make you forget that it’s located on Thong Lor’s main road.
The staff’s quite welcoming too, but this restaurant is mostly self-serve. You have to order at the cashier as well as pour yourself a glass of detox water (orange slices or cucumber and mint infused) when you’re ready.
The staff does a good job at explaining the specifics of each dish, although the menu is pretty detailed on its own. It also helps that they’re a friendly bunch and are fluent in English so no complaints from me 🙂
Let’s Talk About the Food
Anyone who knows me well enough knows that I love everything carnivorous. I dabble in vegetarian, but vegan? My prejudice says it’s food devoid of variety and flavor.
I’m glad Broccoli Revolution Bangkok proved me wrong. From vegan Mac ‘n’ Cheese to Smoothie Bowls and Salads, the variety was delightful. Here’s what I got:
Pumpkin Mac and Cheese | 250THB
Gluten-free Penne with Pumpkin and Coconut Sauce
My eyes lit up when I saw this, so did the eyes of the people I went with. We ordered two, and while the colour was promising it didn’t reach its fullest potential. It needed a lot more salt.
Otherwise, the Penne itself was cooked just right, and the cheese coated the pasta well. I suspect the coconut sauce helped with the consistency; didn’t taste it though.
I did get a hint of pumpkin while chewing. It’s one of those ingredients you smell before you taste.
Quantity: This was a big serving, three people could share with ease.
Larb Tofu | 150THB
Northeastern Thai Style Spicy Tofu Salad
This was street food. Anyone who’s lived in Bangkok knows that’s a compliment.
For those unfamiliar, Larb is a sort of ‘meat salad’ made by mixing mince pork, chicken, or tofu with herbs.
I usually expect an almost never-ending amount of herbs in this dish and I’m glad Broccoli Revolution delivered. I tasted coriander, mint, basil, kaffir lime leaves, scallions, and shallots.
Conclusion: Fresh, (actually) spicy, salty, and sour. Nailed it.
Quantity: Feeds 2 adults.
Veggie Balls | 160THB
Crispy Breaded Broccoli, Quinoa, and Beetroot Balls Served with Homemade Yogurt Dip
Another success story at Broccoli Revolution, these were light, airy, and didn’t soak up any oil. The Quinoa was the star of the show.
You know how beetroot can sometimes overpower a dish? Quinoa prevented that.
It added a layer of chewiness that shifted Beetroot’s role from leading man to best supporting actor. Broccoli had a cameo.
Side note: not sure how the inside of these balls were somehow white and not red.
I don’t have much to say about the bland Yogurt dip.
Quantity: 8 balls.
Broccoli Quinoa Charcoal Burger | 290 THB
Served with Homemade French Fries or Organic Salad
I may not agree with BK Magazine on some things, but when they described this burger as Broccoli Revolution’s ‘social media star’, I felt that.
You know why? Because this burger is a work of art, not only in appearance, but in taste too…
…for the most part.
Let’s begin with the Mango Tomato Salsa, which was texturally phenomenal. I would’ve liked some more spice but the balance of sweet and sour was top-notch.
There was also an unremarkable dill-based spread.
Crunchy, firm, and flavourful, the patty was enjoyable to eat. It was, however, a touch sweet and could’ve been served with some sort of homemade sauce. I’m paying gourmet burger prices after all.
I chose to get the salad as the side dish (health-kick), but had my mother try the potato and turnip fries. She said she could make them at home (she says this about many things, lol sorry mom), but added that they were “light.”
I think the bread was nice but I didn’t finish it. I wanted to enjoy the patty but the thicc buns blunt the burger’s flavour.
Quantity: It’s a big burger and gets you full.
Broccoli Apple Walnut Salad | 250 THB
Broccoli, apple, walnut, shredded carrot. A drizzling of sultanas and raisins, and a yoghurt-based dressing, this salad may be considered sweet by many.
Would I suggest a citrus-y injection to prevent it from being one-note? Nah.
In my book it’s satisfying, has layers, and reminds you how a sound combination of simple ingredients can create something satisfying.
Quantity: For two.
Acai and Berry Smoothie | 180 THB
Broccoli Revolution Bangkok also touts itself as a cold-pressed juice bar. It’s got tons of variety, and you can choose between the Kale, Avocado, and Banana shake or the Spinach, Apple, and Celery offering.
Mine was a bright purple, thick drink that was not too sweet or icy, helping the Acai and mixed berry flavour shine through. Acai berry, to me, tasted like a cross between raspberry and cocoa.
Google confirms that my taste buds are working.
I wouldn’t say it was worth the price… a hundred and eighty bucks for a drink is a bit too much.
Bonus points for the Bamboo straw though!
Quantity: For one.
To Broccoli or Not to Broccoli?
Broccoli Revolution’s goal is to get people healthy with quality, fresh, vegan food. It’s a noble mission, but it’s something that can only be achieved if the food can attract eaters.
I think it does the job, but only just.