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True Food Kitchen serves international cuisines with honest ingredients

Ben Robinson, Reporter

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True Food Kitchen, located in Bethesda, is an informal, eco-friendly chain that prides itself on serving organic and natural dishes. The restaurant does this in a manner that is so creative and delicious that I forgot I was even eating healthy food.

The restaurant’s design is meant to reflect the organic and natural quality of their food. Long rows of snake plant, a tall leafy shrub, lie between green leatherback booths and the walls. Baskets of vegetables sit on display in front of the kitchen, which is in full view from the eating area. There is a mural on one of the walls of a bicycle with flowers in a front basket and vegetables in a back one. On another wall, there is a mural that shows the earth with the words “love your mother” below it.

When entering the restaurant, these aesthetics seem a bit overkill, especially the shirts that the servers wear, each of which has words such as “honest” and “real” emblazoned on the front that describes the food. It seems a bit corny and self-righteous, but the quality of the food proves it to be true.

Their menu offers dishes that have influences from around the world, such as an Indian styled Spicy Panang Curry, an Italian dish of Lasagna Bolognese and a Mediterranean Quinoa salad. According to their website, the kitchen uses organic produce and sustainably raised beef and fish whenever possible. Also, their menu caters to nearly every food preference with a variety of vegetarian, vegan, and my personal favorite, gluten-free offerings.

Fresh and organic vegetables are the common factor in the diverse mix of cuisines. The manner in which they are prepared and coupled with other foods is very delicious. Their Charred Cauliflower appetizer made me crave a vegetable that I often avoid. Its roasted outside paired with zesty sauces made the usual healthy taste of the vegetable vanish.

Overall, the meals let the fresh ingredients speak for themselves. For the most part, the chef does not overpower the food with spices but rather lets the diner taste them as they truly are. Meanwhile, the portion sizes are modest, but were enough to make me feel satisfied.

True Food Kitchen is located in Solaire Bethesda, 7100 Wisconsin Avenue Bethesda, Md. 20814. Hours are 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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