San Antonio’s favorite health food restaurant is growing in Southtown
You can bet the beloved, global-inspired, forward-thinking San Antonio restaurant is putting down roots in its new Southtown location.
Pharmaceutical table, Chef Elizabeth Johnson’s health-focused restaurant, opens Tuesday, March 23 in its new physical location at 611 S. Presa St., Ste. 106, after operating for several months in a food truck.
Part farm-to-table restaurant, part unique apothecary, all delicious, Pharm Table will continue to serve the vegan menu items that San Antonians have been a fan of since Johnson opened Pharm Table in 2015. But the chef — long a advocate of the traditional Ayurvedic philosophy that food can be medicine – has also expanded its protein offering in the new location and will tap into its evolving global library of spices for its rotating menu of nourishing dishes.
“Our incredible new menu offers guests the opportunity to savor global flavors through an Ayurvedic lens,” Johnson said. “My hope is not just to encourage healing through food, but to offer creative and wholesome preparations in a way that brings guests a sense of joy and discovery. As a party favor, they are going to feel good when they leave.
The expanded menu offers starters, mezes, soups and broths, small plates, salads, desserts, as well as a selection of sustainably raised meats and fish that can be added to dishes. Highlights include the Israeli-style hummus and roasted roots, the coconut-cilantro guacamole (which Johnson calls “Ayurveda meets Mexico”), the smoky mole verde enchiladas, and the curry bowl. tamarind amchur with seasonal cruciferous vegetables, plus new additions like ceviche-style Japanese, a gravlox plank with beetroot salmon gravlax, and a pan-fried fish of the day specialty.
A variety of apothecary and botanical-inspired house cocktails (We see you, Sumac Sour!), brunch cocktails, natural wines and beers, and zero-proof drinks also grace the menu, as do some favorites. Pharm Table’s long-standing, like tacos and brunch items that were popular at the previous location. For diners looking for something special, Johnson will offer a rotating selection of off-menu items during dinner service.
Built on the foundations of mindfulness, ancestral knowledge, Ayurveda, artisanal cooking, organic farming, physical health and vital energy, Pharm Table is adorned with lush plants, as well as of botanical illustrations by San Antonio-based artist Rikkianne Van Kirk, and features a patio space that will host free community wellness classes each Sunday morning.
Although the bar area is not yet open, due to COVID-19 safety concerns, plenty of outdoor seating is available.
Pharm Table will be open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch, brunch and dinner during its pre-opening period, which runs until March 29, and reservations are recommended. Extended standing hours are coming.