Terra Viva, Gabriel Street, Royal Square, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2LU
Terra Viva is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant in St Ives, Cornwall. Newly opened and just getting on its feet, with friendly and well intentioned staff, clean and pleasant new fixtures and fittings. I visited Terra Viva earlier this year but have not been too sure what to write about it.
The menu was quite extensive: Nut Cutlets, Lentil Rissoles, Spicy Tofu Bean Burger, Quiche. With a mix-and-match attutude to salads and side dishes to be used as a compliment to the main menu choice.
I chose the Spicy Tofu Bean Burger and a Green salad. The burger was advertised as gluten free which I thought would be interesting – supposing that they would be using gluten free flour for the burger bun…
But when the burger arrived there was no bun – just the actual Tofu Bean patty with the small side salad. The burger was gluten free because it didn’t have a burger bun at all!.
After being bowled over by Blas Burgerworks and their homemade tofu burger the night before, todays minimalist Tofu burger was both a suprise and a disapointment – made worse by their admission that it was bought in.
Terra Viva is well worth a visit for a lunchtime meal. Any new vegetarian restaurant deserves support and I’ll be going back again. But I don’t think I’ll be having the burger next time…
[MP. August 2009.]