Calafia is an organic restaurant/cafe started by the former head chef at Google. As such, the menu here has an earthy and healthy touch to it, with a dash of sophistication. It also has a full vegetarian menu (of which about 50% is vegan and labeled as such).
I came with a mixed group of colleagues and, while the restaurant pleased most people, the vegetarians and vegans were largely unimpressed.
For an appetizer I had the tofu lettuce cup ($10) which was dry and bland. The tofu needed to be cooked more, and diced up with a better variety of vegetables.
For my main course I had a yellow curry noodle with tofu ($12) that promised to be spicy, but wasn't at all. It, too, was dry and just didn't hit the right savory notes. Had this dish been sauteed with onions it might have been slicker and more satisfying; even the addition of fresh diced tomatoes would have enhanced this dish significantly.
Normally I would give a place with this food quality two stars, but I'm upping it to three only because Palo Alto (especially the Town and Country Mall, where Calafia is located) doesn't have enough vegan options, and Calafia does provide a fair amount. It also has nice ambiance and service, as well as one vegan baked good.
I'm willing to give Calafia another shot, maybe for brunch next time, but the food here left me wanting more.