Veggies by the Sea

When I think of food by the coast, I tend to think of seafood because, well, sea food.

A few weeks ago, a friend and I were headed to Portsmouth to check out a show at The Music Hall. She recommended we stop by The Green Elephant for dinner and drinks before the show, so off we went.

The Green Elephant has quite a reputation and I was excited to check it out. I feel like when meatlovers recommend a vegetarian/vegan restaurant, that’s saying something. And that’s what it is; an Asian-inspired all vegetarian bistro with a lot of flavor.

I realize this picture makes the place look empty but trust me, it filled up quickly! The bright windows and fun lights (and elephant blending into the wall) make for a warm and inviting dining room.

We started dinner with some fun summery cocktails. My pretty drink involved rhubarb and limoncello and was very refreshing. This was especially helpful with our spicy dinner!

We were overwhelmed by the options on the menu, but we were also really hungry so we split an appetizer to start. These samosas stuffed with potatoes, carrots and peas were so good, and the accompanying sauce had a little kick to it.

Eventually I had to make a decision on my dinner and finally decided on the Thai Ginger Noodles. The lovely waitstaff asks you how spicy you would like your meal prepared, on a scale of 1-4. I opted for a 2, and I think I made the right decision because I could still taste the many levels of flavor in my dish. I loved the gingery sauce, the crisp vegetables, and the egg and tofu provided lots of protein.

In conclusion, if you’re on the seacoast and looking for a delicious Asian-inspired meal or fun, creative cocktails, The Green Elephant is the place to be. One of their bartenders, Elias Kassner, recently won the mixologist competition I wrote about here! They are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner until 10 PM.

Have you discovered any unique, tasty food or drinks lately? Let us know! Be sure to email us at to share your ideas of any New Hampshire related food/drink/venue/organization that you think should be featured in our “Eat Drink Play” blog posts.

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