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My second time at Greens & Vines, the newish raw vegan restaurant across Blaisdell Center, I’m trying to decide between living lasagna and zucchini pasta. One’s sun-dried tomato marinara and spinach pesto layered between zucchini strips and topped with a creamy mac nut “ricotta,” the other’s zucchini “noodles” tossed with marinara and olives. I choose living lasagna, but that’s not the point.

The point is that afterwards, craving homemade kombucha to complete my health-conscious lunch, I head down the same block to the newish Bluetree Cafe, the latest add to the Doraku Sushi empire, and I find — badump-bump — living lasagna and zucchini pasta!

What are the odds? I mean, how many places can you think of on the entire island where you can get these dishes, and seriously, how many people have even heard of living lasagna? Two new and completely separate restaurants open on the same block within weeks of each other, both serving different levels of vegan, vegetarian and health-conscious foods, and they’re both way better than you might think.

Greens & Vines bills itself as gourmet raw vegan, nothing cooked above 118 degrees to keep alive nutrients, enzymes and antioxidants for better digestion. If you know Licious Dishes from the farmers’ markets, this is Licious Dishes’ sit-down version, with a one-page menu of appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts and a three-page wine list.

Bluetree Cafe bills itself as delicious, organic and conscious. It’s a coffee and juice bar with Starbucks-style grab-and-go salads and chilled food (mostly uncooked, though there is a chicken sandwich), gluten-free, unbaked pastries, free Wifi and a younger vibe. It’s smack in between Doraku and the new Chai’s Island Bistro, soon to open in the Pacifica Building on Kapiolani Boulevard.

Here’s a taste of both.

Greens & Vines

Sampler Dips n Chips, $9.50

This, delish. Crispy, nutty, caramelized (dehydrated) oniony flatbreads with scoops of mac nut pureed with red pepper; a creamy triple-layer spread of sunflower seeds, guacamole and cashew "sour cream," and spicy coconut. A little pricey — these scoops are considerably smaller than ice cream scoops — but an app to order again, next time with white wine or a gentle sake.

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Greens & Vines
909 Kapiolani Blvd.
808-536-9680
www.e-liciousdishes.com
Parking in building with entrances on Kapiolani and Waimanu

Bluetree Cafe

In the middle of the block: Bluetree Cafe, which belongs to the same restaurant group as Doraku. What's a coffee bar with vegetarian and vegan food doing alongside a fusion sushi bar with jam-packed happy hours? I'm getting older, says founder Kevin Aoki, and I'm trying to be healthier and support the community.

Not everything is vegan or vegetarian. Here, balsamic chicken sandwich, $9.25, is a modified caprese: mozzarella, basil and tomato with chicken breast and a balsamic vinegar dressing. Nice blend of flavors, but way bready.

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Bluetree Cafe
1009 Kapiolani Blvd.
808-591-2033
www.bluetreehawaii.com
Parking in building, entrance on Kapiolani

12 comments
jlieu
jlieu

OMMMGGG... I cannot wait to go! I love the Not-Tuna Salad with onion bread! 

turkfontaine
turkfontaine

glad to learn of these. i've always  eaten at Govindja's at least three times per week when i'm in HNL. i can't maintain a long term vegetarian or vegan diet, but it does set me up for the change of perspective for which i come to Oahu. 

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

I'm eating their vegan zucchini "pasta" as I read this. I love eating their stuff to sorta reset my system every so often, and it's not like eating a blah salad. I will say, though, that I'm not a big fan of raw when I am eating it at home (for some reason it tastes better in the restaurant), so I lightly saute some of the veggies sometimes before assembling the meal.

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

I look at these menu options and it's like you're speaking Chinese to me. What? Why? Huh?

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

EO:  Thanks..was curious about those places passing by them.  Does the G&V even have a stove?

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

 @MyongChoi in making repeat visits for this one, i found there are 2 types of eaters: ppl who can't wait to check out new healthy places or are already regulars, and ppl i have to drag thru the door. yestdy, in prep for greens & vines and bluetree, my friend actually ate costco pizza and hot dog first and then i had to lay on a guilt trip bc she always refuses to go. then she liked it so much she asked abt the take-out meal plan.

so what abt u? wd u ever?

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

 @Annoddah_Dave good question. they served brewed coffee, and they dehydrate things. and i did mention the wine list?

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

 @nonstopmari  @MyongChoi EO:  MC is one carnivore!  If he went with you it would have to be after a lunch of chicken gizzards, livers, tripe, porter house, and pork chops.  LOL

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

 @nonstopmari Of course I would. I'm always up to try new things, no matter how bizarre they sound to me. Haha....