Wooden Monkey Never Fails to Please

Visited In: Several times in 2010
Gluten Free Menu: No; integrated with regular menu
Server Knowledge:
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Price Range: $15-$25 per person (plus drinks, tax, and tip)

The Wooden Monkey is the answer to every prayer uttered by Celiacs, vegans, and slow food aficionados in and around Halifax. Located on Grafton Street, their menu is built around organic, macrobiotic, locally grown, fresh, healthy ingredients. No deep-fried mozzarella sticks or farmed salmon to be found here!

I have eaten at The Wooden Monkey several times since being diagnosed with Celiac disease and have always have a good time, although service is sometimes a bit slow, and I have had extra food delivered to me on occasion. Their main menu highlights vegan and gluten-free options, which is great for the Celiac vegetarian. Their gluten-free options include several non-traditional salads, nachos, a rice bowl, pizza, pasta, and several other types of entrées. They even have a gluten-free soy brulée and a chocolate tofu pie which is just to die for. The only real omission is gluten-free bread, which means all of their sandwiches are out.

Their servers are all well educated about their clientele’s needs. The last time that I was there, I ordered the gluten-free pizza, and the server immediately asked if I had Celiac disease. I was also with a friend once when they ordered the trio of dips. The server immediately asked if it was alright to replace the spelt bread (which came with the appetizer) with gluten-free corn chips. It always feels nice to be recognized as someone with an illness, rather than the “difficult customer” response that I have received at other places.

When The Wooden Monkey opened in 2004, its owners predicted that it would be “a culinary hot spot.” Since then, they have moved out of their original location on Argyle Street to a larger spot on Grafton Street, are working on a second location in Bedford, and have even entertained celebrities like Ellen Page. I’d say that their success has been well earned, and I look forward to dining at The Wooden Monkey in the years to come.

The Wooden Monkey
1707 Grafton Street (Halifax)
Web Site: http://www.thewoodenmonkey.ca


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