My friend Joan called me one day in the dead of the awful, unbearable winter to see if I would join her for dinner. She had a head cold that she claimed could only be beaten with powerful soup. I normally resist going anywhere with people suffering from c-o-l-d’s, but she was adamant that the folks at Amitabul could provide the cure. As added enticement, she threw in that this place was vegan and she would drive. We were soon on our way to experience the healing power of Amitabul’s food.
Amitabul looks like an ordinary strip mall diner with pleather booths and ancient, crumbling bar. It probably was at one point, but they’ve gussied up the place with lotus flower decals and the tang of Korean spices in the air. Though Joan knew what she wanted, we spent some time reading through the menu. Many of the menu items had intriguing names like “9 Ways to Nirvana Noodle Soup” or “Hello Dolly and Bill”, or noted whether they were for healing or increasing energy. Since I wasn’t sure which I needed, Joan recommended that I ask our waiter for guidance. After all, it’s not only about food here. It’s about healing and eating to feel well.
Given that, we were both a little surprised that they had difficulty accommodating wheat allergies and level of heat. Joan’s “Dr. K’s Cure All” soup came out so spicy, it seared my American nostrils from across the table. She soldiered through it, picking out the glutenous bits, and even claimed to even feel better afterwards. I didn’t risk having my tastebuds melted, and opted for something hearty. Wolfman’s Dream Treats was the recommended dish for a healthy girl with an appetite, and they delivered a mild version with chestnuts, potatos, and broccoli sprinkled with walnuts in a slightly-too-sweet sauce. And you know what? I think I felt better after eating it, too.
Amitabul has a variety of home made juices that are a combination of tofu, fruit and spices needed to work their magic. I would go back for an “Awakening Energy” or “Green Heaven” if I felt like a boost. There are also food plans available at Amitabul — they have daily and monthly meal programs and even options for those who want to try a fiber fast.
However, you don’t have to subscribe to the philosophy in order to enjoy a good meal. For $15, you can have a nice cup of tea and your choice of noodles, soup or a stirfry. It’s good, simple food that’s good for you.
6207 N. Milwaukee Ave.