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Posted by anonymous on 07/24/2011
At first I was upset when I heard about the new menu, but then I tried the fruity kale salad and was blown away. I would go to this place every day if I could. The croquettes are amazing as are both the pesto pasta and the eggplant bolognese. The soup of the day and the miso are great. The dumpling lunchbox is the only one I've tried and it was filling and did not disappoint. I MUCH prefer this new pared down menu to the old and they are bringing veg sushi back. For gluten-free options, this is the best option I've found and the ingrediets are all fresh. I've never written a review before, but Purume warants it!
Posted by anonymous on 07/12/2011
I ate here last night. So sad to say that it was extremely disappointing. I was excited for their dim sum and fresh fish, but now they are totally off the menu. The macro plate was tiny, tasteless and depressing. Possibly the most unappetizing dish I have ever ordered. I went home starving and will not be going back unless they return to their original menu.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/27/2011
fresh taste, awesome quick delivery
Posted by Anonymous on 12/30/2010
Food tastes better than the current Souen, but not as good as the old Souen (RIP), and they give you decent-sized portions so that you're not hungry after an hour. I'm not one for fancy decorations, so I don't care about the interior design or atmosphere. Servers did their job - handed us menus, filled up the water, answered questions. What more can you ask for?
Posted by Christian on 12/23/2010
Purume is an excellent restaurant. I am grateful to have a place where I can get healthy, fresh and delicious vegetarian food prepared by expert chefs. The staff and servers are all so sweet and nice. The review I read before this one was a negative one, so I felt compelled to write the truth. If you have the taste buds of a spoiled child you may be put off by some of the flavors and textures, but sophisticated diners will appreciate the simplicity and subtly of the food. The ingredients are what shine through, not the salt and oil like you can find in most NYC restaurants.
Posted by anonymous on 11/29/2010
I read the reviews for this place on this site and others and found them to be overall... disappointing. I looked at the menu, though, and it looks so good. So I went to the restaurant and found that the reviews were so accurate! The food was some of the most unappetizing tasting food I've ever had. I was served a gelatinous soup that dripped off the spoon like goop! So gross tasting too! I couldn't eat it as it and returned as generally soup is liquid. This was like gelatin-like cake batter! And stupid me- I had read that the soup here is poor, but ordered it anyway. So the waiter was completely unapologetic or at all kind about it. It got so awkward that I began to apologize for not liking it! Then I ordered pad thai with seitan. How could that be bad! I've never had a pad thai that I didn't like. Again, I had read a review that the pad thai tastes nothing like pad thai, and again I just couldn't imagine the degree to how true this would be. The noodles, sauce, and seitan were so bland! And the waiter never checked on us and disappeared much of the time even though the place was nearly empty.
Posted by DramaturgEatsOut on 11/16/2010
Purume was established in the wake of the temporary closing of Souen (across the street). Now i'm not sure i'll be returning to the reopened inspiration, as its atmosphere has become mighty chilly in an attempt to recast the image as a sleek sushi/sake bar. Purume's menu is undeniably more than a bit borrowed from the former Souen (yuba/mis o sauces/kudzu), but also has new items such as steamed dim sum and exotic sushi rolls. The specials are the best: uncomplicated purees, pumpkin stuffed w/fish stew or mushroom varieties, and the scrumptiousmiso pad thai. Luckily, noise from the karaoke bar from below does not travel north. Souen better heed the competition, especially as they've significantly raised the price of their fish entrees and lost their neighborly charm.