While I agree that this is a healthy dining establishment, your review is unfair and inaccurate for those who are on restricted diets. Once you begin to take offending foods from your diet, you palate changes (and I question yours at this point.) Let's face it, we all want to see & taste something fabulous on our plates! Many nutritionists and RD's will tell you that overcooking vegetables depletes their nutritional value. When we dine out we allow the restaurant do the cooking by using their talents and recipes. I would like to know how you can be so critical of these ingredients and how they were presented to you? Do YOU have a plethora of food allergies? Do YOU personally have experience with a limited DAILY diet? Is it possible that you are one of the many people following the Standard American Diet (SAD) diet that considers bread, pasta, corn and pizza as staples? As a consumer and someone who must adhere to a limited diet, I thoroughly enjoyed all that was put before when I dined at Nourish. I find your review closed minded and unhelpful for those who NEED Nourish's enlighten cooking style.
Hi Kim, Thanks for your thoughtful response. You are right that my palate may not be sensitive or accustomed to this type of food since it's not the kind of thing I ate regularly. For the record I try to avoid corn and corn derivatives in my food, only eat pressed grain bread, and almost never, ever eat pizza or burgers or fries or any deep fried foods. However, it's true that I don't have a plethora of food allergies. This is why I attempted to to taste not only the menu items designed for extreme diet restrictions, but also things that were directed at a more flexible eater yet were supposed to be healthier through the use of special techniques and ingredients. Perhaps I just COULDN'T appreciate some items because I never eat the kinds of things they're made of. But the bottom line is that this is a restaurant that wants to give EVERYONE a healthy eating experience, not just the minority of people in our community with intense dietary restrictions. I understand and appreciate the kind of service Nourish is trying to provide. But there is absolutely no argument to validate the under cooked state of the asparagus that I received there. To absorb the nutrients you first have to consume the food item, and it was simply not fit for consumption. Perhaps if you've never had properly cooked asparagus you would think it's ok, but I assure you there are myriad restaurants around the Valley that offer it to you in a delicious and edible format, not over cooked, firm, juicy, and nutritious.
To be honest with you I think that Nourish suffers from a lack of well trained and experienced staff to prepare this food. Go down Scottsdale Rd and eat at Green. Same idea, excellent food. Most of the problem with what I ate at Nourish was not actually the unusual flavors of the tweaked ingredients, it was the carelessness and inconsistency of their preparation. They didn't keep the asparagus in the oven long enough, they over cooked the pizza crust once and under cooked it the second time. They didn't serve the soup when it was still hot. They weren't careful in dressing the salad. Nourish needs better chefs, not a better concept.