I’m an omnivore, there is no denying that. However, I’m becoming more and more open to eating plant-based meals these days, simply because there are so many great options out there. About a month ago, my friend introduced me to Vibe Organic Kitchen + Juice, a fun, energetic spot tucked away in the same plaza as Moulin Bistro in Newport Beach.
I’ve returned again to try more things and find myself increasingly enamored by this eatery. The menu is completely gluten free, soy free AND dairy free, and owner Josh has taken the liberty to making sure that everything is fresh and tasty. This is also the reason why I have not been able to try the Green Wraps because they’ve not been able to procure the right collard greens for this item.
There is a small breakfast menu which is available until 11am. The regular menu is available all day, as soon as they open at 7am (open at 8am on Sundays) and there is a grab and go case too if you’re in a hurry.
They make everything fresh when you order, so it may take a little time for items to be ready. From the Brekky section of the menu, there is:
Nutella Waffle ($10) four half pieces of protein-packed fluffy waffle with house-made nutella, strawberries, banana, cashew cream, blueberries, almonds and shredded coconut. I love this because it isn’t too sweet on the palate.
If you’re looking for another breakfast item, Sunrise Scramble ($10.50) is filling and tasty. A combination of cauliflower scramble, black beans, hash browns, avocado, pico de gallo, and cashew-lime crema, is served with a side of gluten-free toast. We enjoyed the texture and flavor profile of this. A friend even mentioned it would be lovely as a burrito – which they do offer, but not currently due to the shortage of viable collard green leaves.
Wanting a little nibble? Almond Butter & Raspberry Jam Toast ($5) is a nice slightly sweet option with gooey almond butter and a fragrant raspberry jam on gluten-free bread.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for something savory, Hummus Toast ($5) with house-made hummus topped with pico de gallo will definitely satiate.
For more substantial options, there are several “Bowls” to choose from. The Mediterranean Bowl ($12) is delightful with house-made hummus, cucumber, tomato, quinoa tabbouleh, chickpeas, olives, and garlic tahini. You get a choice of rice, quinoa or greens to line the bottom of the bowl with.
One of my favorites is Fiesta Bowl ($12) which sees jackfruit carnitas, chipotle black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, crispy pumpkin seeds, and cashew-lime crema, coming together to create piquantly satisfying bites. My son had no idea it wasn’t carnitas the first time I brought this home for him.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Classic Burger ($12) which comprises of a house-made black bean and mushroom patty — with more than 20g of protein — served on toasted gluten free bread, and a side of kale chips. I also added shiitake bacon ($1.50) which lend a smokiness to the burger. It was so filling I was only able to eat half of it.
Looking for something sweet to finish? Try the Choco Acai Parfait ($9.50) a chocolate-y spin on the original acai blend made with strawberry, banana and coconut milk. It is topped with fresh fruit, homemade nutella, and granola which appeals to the kids, and is a far healthier option than any dessert you’ll find elsewhere.
I’m loving Vibe, and can’t wait to come back again. I hope they get the collard greens soon as there are several items I want to try which uses this ingredient.
Vibe Organic Kitchen + Juice
1000 Bristol St N
Newport Beach, CA 92660