One of my secret food addictions is the sweet potato fries at Fresh. Maybe not so secret since I have been dragging my family there to eat for years just to indulge my cravings (although I don’t really have to drag them because they love Fresh’s food like I do!)
I always have these fries with a side (or 2) of their peanut sauce, a flavor combination that is over the top for me. I have been eating this dish since the old days when Fresh was called Juice for Life. I rarely like to eat in the same place twice, given the plethora of great restaurants in this city, but it seems every few months or so I start to hear a little voice in my head whispering “sweet potato fries…sweet potato fries” and eventually I give in and head downtown. It’s a pretty uncomplicated dish, but for me these beat sweet potato fries anywhere else in the city.
The menu is vegan, with great multi-layered salads, wraps, burgers, their signature Fresh bowls, and an extensive fresh juice menu. I always have one of their salads – my current fav is the Tangled Thai. Someone in the family always orders the veggie burger, which tastes great enough that you don’t miss the meat. Usually one of us will go for a wrap, and we always try the juices. I love the Beet Root Frappé and my youngest always goes for the Breathless.
I was thrilled during my last visit to realize that they have published the recipe for their peanut sauce, which is what really makes these fries so delicious. Here is the recipe, from Refresh by Ruth Tal and Jennifer Houston. I think this might become my new favourite dip. Give it a try!
Thai Peanut Sauce
from Refresh by Ruth Tal and Jennifer Houston
Makes 4 servings
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch ginger root, peeled and minced
1 ½ cups natural smooth peanut butter
¾ cup lemon juice
5 tbsp tamari
2 tbsp paprika
2 cups vegetable stock or filtered water
cayenne pepper to taste
1. Combine ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth.
2. Heat gently for 10 minutes, stirring often. Serve hot.