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Mantra Raw

Our quick lunch at raw mantra

Driving from Como (Italy) to Nice (France) made a little detour through Milan to not to miss out on a new raw food experience. The restaurant seemed pretty amazing on social media. We sent just about an hour at the restaurant and count try everything by any means, but we tried a few dishes from the lunch menu. It was around noon and we did get just the lunch menu and the drinks menu, we also saw the dessert in the fridge on our way to the table, so I’m not sure if there was anything else available at that moment other than what we’ve ordered. The lunch menu consists of 2 or 3 mini portions, we ordered all the 6 choices on the lunch menu. 3 dishes were 16€, 2 would have been 12€. Above, you can see all the 6 dishes we’ve had. We also got 2 shots of tasty juices as a welcome aperitif. And guys, sorry for the bad pics, there was very little daylight from the window, lots of artificial light, and too cold for me to take the pics outside.

Keep in mind, here, I can only write about my own experience, the food at the restaurant is not made particularly to meet my needs or please my taste buts, it’s very likely others will love the dishes I didn’t like and hate the ones I loved. My experience is biased by my mood, time pressure, my high demands and expectations. The most important shortcoming of my review is probably my inability to look behind the curtains. A lot of work, money and sweat goes into releasing a vegan business which we and all the animals who don#t get eaten are endlessly grateful for.

Let’s start with the favs:

Bread with Nut Cheese

We got the bread twice, no idea why, probably as a replacement of an option that was not available, but it was the best possible outcome. This bread with nut cheese, marinated mushrooms, onions and a purple sauce was our fav. The bread was soft and delicious, with a hint of coriander. The cheese rich and crumbly, the marinated veggies flavorful. Only the oil on top of the salad leaves and around the bread was not necessary.


Pumpkin ravioli, pine nut and spinach fondue, cilantro and pumpkin seed pesto, sweet and sour apple.

The ravioli were another gem, beautifully crafted, filled with amazing cheese, on a bed of tasty pumpkin pesto.


Tomato fondue, herb oil

The soup was tasty, tomatoey, herby, but with a dominant olive oil flavor. We asked for no extra oil for the soup, there might have been more oil on to otherwise. The soup was not overly salty which we really appreciated.


Hemp seed tabbouleh, beet and pomegranate hummus, cumin crisp, mint oil

The beet hummus was very tasty and the little cummi chip amazing. Otherwise, the veggies in the middle were drowned in olive oil. We should have ordered some extra crackers.


Mantra’s rainbow salad with seeds and vinaigrette

Basically a handful of salad leaves, couple of cucumber cubes drowned in olive oil. I also disliked the edible flowers in all the dished. The are tasty and healthy if organic. But conventional flowers are chemically treated and usually (as at Mantra Raw) don’t get washes as they loose their appearance. The flowers didn’t not add any value to our dishes.

Overall thoughts on raw mantra

The Raw Mantra is amazing and the food very special, colorful, thought thorough. Raw Mantra had this clean healthy-chick charm with an italian twist. We loved the raw bread with the cheese, mushrooms and onions a lot, would love to try the pizza and other toast options an other time.

The ordering process was super inflexible because of the restriction of the lunch menu, we ended up ordering dishes we knew we are not gonna like because of the oil like the salad. Some dishes were switched out without a notice, the waiting time at Raw Mantra was a little too long (45 minutes including waiting for the order to be taken), only after the food came, we realised how little it was. Considering the price, it wasn’t too little, but considering the name «lunch menu» getting 2-3 appetisers is not the choice we would knowingly do. Would the food have come faster, we definitely would have ordered more food or had a dessert.

We are excited to try more of their dishes in the future leaning towards bread, pizza, cheese and cakes, but only if the restaurant switches to organic ingredients, which is from our point necessary when offering raw food and worthy a higher price as the ingredients are expensive.

Why you should give raw mantra a try

Every raw restaurant experience is unique and every chef has his unique style and tricks. So Alberto, the owner and head chef of Mantra Raw has some unique and tasty dishes to offer you should not miss out on, especially considering that 100% raw restaurant are pretty rare in Europe.

Vitamix Mixer Blender der Beste welchen kaufen

Ein guter Blender (=Mixer) ist durch nichts zu ersetzen. Auch wenn ich mir plastikfreie Behälter wünsche, ohne einen Blender geht es nicht mehr!

Ein Dehydrator (=Dörrgerät) kommt früher oder später ins Haus. Ob für Brote, Cracker oder einfach gesundes getrocknetes Obst und Gemüse. Ich benutze ihn mittlerweile sogar auf Reisen.

Sie kann Gemüsereis aus Blumenkohl, Palmenherz, Sellerie oder Karotten herstellen und reiben kann sie auch.

Simply raw bakery

Das Buch

We stayed in Vienna for 2 weeks and ate at simply raw bakery almost everyday. Not just the food is amazing, the whole place is a hidden treasure in the middle of the otherwise very touristy center of Vienna. We got to try many different raw vegan dishes and can’t to share our wonderful experience with you.

I’d love to present my favs first:

Schmalz Brot
Kaiser Breakfast
Daily Menu

Daily Menu

Small soup, salad & small dessert

We had the menu (9,90€) once the and fell in love with the salad. As we share all the dishes, we love to get the full sizes of the salad and the soup. All the components change weekly.

Raw Soup

Beet soup with avocado and horseradish.

We had the beet soup (5,90€) as a part of the menu and also the full size. I love horseradish, it’s spicy and delicious. I found the soup too watery and liquidy at first, but it was flavorful and filling nevertheless.

Raw Soup

Tomato soup with avocado and basil.

We had the tomato soup (5,90€) slightly warm the second time, with no oil and salt. The first time, we ordered it without the alterations. It was absolutely delicious, maybe a touch too salty, but creamy and rich. The second time our custom soup was warm, which we loved, but a little too spicy and less creamy. We will get it with no salt but with the oil the next time.


With radish, tomato, bell peppers, grapefruit, basil dressing and croutons.

The salads (9,90€) are always refreshing and filling. We love the creamy dressing and the daily slightly different ingredients. I never gets boring.

Another salad with kohlrabi noodles and creamy dressing.

Scoop of simply raw Ice Cream

Vanilla-coconut ice cream

The ice cream (2X2,50€) is rich and fluffy, more like a whipped cream. The coconut taste is well hidden, it tastes like a super delicious vanilla cream. We like it best with berries and chocolate sauce.

Kaiser Breakfast „Sisi & Franz“

Veggies with hummus & chive bread, granola with fresh fruits & cashew-mylk, chocolate mousse with orange.

The breakfast (16,90 €) is an amazing meal and a tasting plate at the same time. We immediately fell in love with the hummus and the granola after having it at our first visit. Definetely recommend it for any meal of the day.

Lazy Day-Simply raw granola

With fresh fruits, & homemade cashew-mylk.

The granola (6,90 €) is our breakfast go to dish. We had it with different fruit and almond or cashew milk. Loved all the variations.


zucchini hummus with tomatoes, cucumber,
olives & homemade rawfood bread

The hummus (7,90 €) is amazing, it doesn’t taste like a chickpea hummus, it has it’s own light and fresh taste and it’s creamy. Our twick on the hummus is to get it with no extra drizzled oil on top and no salt. We ordered it with extra bread the first time, but it’s unnecessary, as the bread and the veggies are pretty well balanced with the amount of hummus.

Banana Time

2 slices of banana bread with apricot jam
or our simply (not raw*) nougatella

The nougatella is not raw!! There is the option of getting it with chocolate sauce, vanilla sauce, or jam.

Schmaltz Bread

Homemade raw bread with simply raw vegan onion ‚schmaltz‘

The bread (3,90 €) is amazing. The spread tastes exactly like the real schmalz, a far as I can remember. We had it almost every time we ate at the restaurant.


Simply raw pizza with basil, cashew, onion, rock salt

The pizza (10,90 €) was good. The «cheese» on top was a nice treat. The base an the sauce were delicious and flavorful.


Homemade raw bread with tomato-salsa: tomatoes, spring onions, rocket, olive oil

Bruschetta (4,90 €) is made of raw bread, green creamy spread and tomatoes with oil. We ordered it without the oil the second time and it was even tastier.

Club Sandwich

With lettuce, veggies and
sour cream dressing

We loved the raw vegan sour cream dressing in the club sandwich (10,90 €).

Buddha Bowl

Lamb‘s lettuce, zucchini, carrot, tomatoes, rocket,
avocado, sprouts, coconut yoghurt, peanut dressing, sprouted quinoa.

The Big Buddha (12,90 €) was delicious, a perfect lunch meal. We subbed the peanut dressing with the salad dressing as the peanuts are roasted. The quinoa can be sprouted or cooked, make sure you order what you want.


The Kaiserschmarrn (6,90) as I remember it is soft and fluffy, the Kaiserschmarrn here was on the drier site, and tasted like crumbles on the cake. I don’t like dry pasty, so it wasn’t for me. Stefan loved it though, he likes dry pastry and cake ccrumbles.

Raw vegan cupcakes

Cupcakes are 4,50€ a piece. We tryde poppyseed-lemon, double chocolate, banana-pecan, chocolate-banana and many more.
We loved the chocolate, the red velvet and the banana base the best. The strawberry cream and the lemony cream were our favs.

Other raw vegan sweets

Snickers (not raw*)

Raw vegan cakes

Cakes (4,90€) change daily and are all delicious. We love the almond and chia base and fruity creams.


Sachertorte is a must for a Vienna visitor, this raw vegan version is not just tastier as the original, it’s also better for the animals and the planet.


Served with chocolate sauce.

The tiramisu (6,90 €) is creamy, rich and simply delicious. Every layer is delicious in its own way. The almond base is moist and flavorful, the other layers creamy and sweet. The bitter chocolate sauce is a perfect contrasting addition to this perfect cake.


Only available when the large organic strawberries are in season. So worth trying! A different kind of a raw dessert that we haven’t had anywhere else. We ordered extra vanilla sauce.

Simply raw bakery is a lovely place to have breakfast or lunch or just a piece of an amazing raw cake. It’s a family business run by the most amazing people, sometimes you can spot one of the 2 family dogs hanging out in the background, they are super friendly and cute. We love the incredible chill atmosphere, the fast and friendly service and the daily changing cakes. We got to try so many different thing there while in Vienna.
We were also amazed by the flexibility of the stuff to accommodate our wishes for low-salt and oil-free dished. The ingredients are organic and the prices considering the quality and the labor intensity of preparing raw gourmet dishes almost too low. An onther huge plus is the complete absence of animal products, no hidden milk or cheese and no honey, which is super rare even at «raw vegan» places.

*One thing I would love to see changed in the future, the labeling of cooked/roasted ingredients. I would make the ordering easier for me and other raw foodies. We accidentally ended up getting not raw dishes despite reading the menu carefully and consulting with the service. The dished known to me containing roasted nuts are nougatella spread (it is sold in jars and served with some dishes like banana bread), as well as sweets and dressings containing peanuts (sweets containing roasted peanuts can be a part of the lunch menu).

Nougatella is not raw*.

We would recommend anyone trying the amazing food at simply raw bakery and taking some pictures there, the place is just lovely.