WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Spotlight: Find Plant-Based Menu At Daya


Play Audio

Stay up to date on coronavirus coverage: Listen to WMFE on your radio, the WMFE mobile app or your smart speaker — say “Alexa, play NPR” or “WMFE” and you’ll be connected.

A lot of vegans — and plenty of people who just like good, creative food regardless of the central protein — mourned the loss of Cafe 118. Perhaps not enough to have kept the raw-food restaurant in business, but that’s another matter.

If those folks want a second chance to support a vegan restaurant on Park Avenue, or really close to it, they can get behind Daya. Not necessarily a raw food concept, Daya’s menu is totally plant-based. So, no dairy, including butter, or anything else that was once part of an animal, living or dead. See an item on the menu that includes “cheese”? It was fabricated using nuts.

But Daya’s menu doesn’t try to sound meat centric as some other vegetarian restaurants might, attaching “chicken” and “beef” to items that contain neither. Instead, it proudly proclaims the vegetable stars that are featured in most of the entrees.

Such as the cauliflower that was the leading character in the wrap sandwich that I had ordered.

They weren’t exactly the kind of spicy that you get with Buffalo wings — I think maybe the chicken fat lends something that is essential to that taste. But it was a flavorful sandwich nonetheless. The firm cauliflower pieces were nicely breaded and stuffed into the spinach wrap (there are other flavors available) with some chopped tomatoes and some lettuce for crunch.

I also had a cup of the Indian Curry, which was the featured soup of the day. It might have had a bit more spicing to earn its curried name, but it was a satisfying soup anyway.

My server was amiable and knowledgeable, careful to let me know the type of restaurant I was in just in case I’d wandered through the door unaware.

Daya’s dining room is simple but tasteful. The walls have a plant-based kind of hue themselves, and tables are polished woodgrain. When I visited, I was the only guest seated in the dining room, which is not to say that the place was without business. Most of the other guests had chosen to sit outside.

Too much nature for me.


Get The 90.7 WMFE Newsletter

Your trusted news source for the latest Central Florida COVID-19 news, updates on special programs and more. Support our extended coverage.

GET THE LATEST

WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

TOP