Horizons is an upscale American restaurant with a vegan flair. Every aspect of my dining experience was superb. The service was extremely attentive. The ambience was sophisticated and chic, without being overly "hip."
All of the dishes that I tasted at Horizons were fantastic. I started with a glass of pomegranate sangria and an order of Vietnamese Tacos, which consisted of crispy lemongrass tempeh, sriracha mayo and pickled vegetables, wrapped in a flour tortilla.
For my entree, I ordered the pacific rim grilled tofu, which came with an edamame potato puree, served in a miso broth. It wasn't as inventive as some entrees that you might find at other fine vegan restaurants, but the beauty was in the execution of the dish. The tofu had the just the right amount of thickness and it was grilled to perfection. The spicy gochujang glaze brought out the flavor of the grilled tofu without overpowering it. The edamame potato puree was subtle but it complemented the smoky taste of the grilled tofu.
The desserts were some of the best vegan desserts that I have ever tasted. I had a difficult time choosing between the options that I was presented: meyer lemon cheesecake, chocolate-stuffed beignets, saffron creme brulee and cinnamon bread pudding with caramelized apples and eggnog ice cream. I wound up selecting two desserts: the bread pudding and the creme brulee. The saffron creme brulee was possibly the best vegan creme brulee that I have ever tasted (and that's saying a lot, because I order vegan creme brulee every time I see it on a restaurant menu). The texture of the "creme" was perfect - thick and creamy, without any sort of soy aftertaste. The saffron flavor gave it a savory taste, which contrasted nicely with the sweetness of the burnt sugar.
The bread pudding was also delicious, although it was a little overpowered by the caramelized apples (there seemed to be a 1:1 ratio of bread chunks to apple chunks). My favorite part of the second dessert was the vegan eggnog ice cream, which had the perfect flavor and texture. I found myself wishing that Horizons would start selling their own brand of vegan ice cream because it's much better than anything else that is on the market right now.
All in all, Horizons provides an incredible dining experience that rivals other top vegan restaurants (Millennium, Candle 79, Blossom, Counter, Dragonfly Neo-V, etc.). It's definitely worth making a special trip to Philadelphia in order to eat here - you won't be disappointed!