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Greenwoods raw cafe

Greenwoods raw cafe

Staying in Hong Kong for 3 weeks, we had to visit the first and only raw vegan restaurant in Hong Kong on the Hong Kong Island. We liked most of the food and think you should try it out.

Greenwoods raw cafe

Greenwoods raw cafe Hong Kong Island

The Greenwoods raw cafe is easy to find if you have google maps on your iPhone and know that you have to look for a building where you have to take the elevator up to the 13th floor. There is no sign on the building, you have to find it by the address.

We ordered the menu and a la card. There is a daily special for the menu and we were lucky, Saturday seems to be the day with more options overall.

Greenwoods raw cafe

The menu

We took the set menu, there were not many options otherwise. We got one menu with the soup and the other with the non-fried vegies. The menu was 16,71€/148 HKD.

Greenwoods raw cafe

Green smoothie

Banana, apple, spinach, lime leaf.

The smoothie (5,08€/45 HKD) was delicoius, I loved it. The consistancy and the taste was great. Lemony fresh, but creamy.

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Chinese yam chia congee with dim sum

Chia, coconut, miso, kimchi, corn.

The soup was surprisingly delicousa and not the usual smoothie-in-the-bowl dish. Savoury and creamy, a little slimy maybe due to the chia and coconut.

Greenwoods raw cafe

Greenwood Sandwich

Raw bread, avocado, raw mayo, veggies.

The bread was amazing, made with nuts and coocnut flour, super fluffy and airy. The mayo could have had a little more flavor, the vinegar taste was a little too much. The sandwich overall worked super well and was a nice size for one person.

Greenwoods raw cafe

Greenwoods raw cafe

Salad

Lettuce, dressing, cracker.

The salad (9,94€/88HKD) was fresh and yummy, the dressing was great and the toppings flavorful.

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Additionally to the menu

Greenwoods raw cafe Hong Kong Island

Non fried veggies

Bell pepper, egg plant, cauliflower.

The non-freid veggies (8,8€/178HKD) don’t deserve a mention imo, no taste, mushy wet texture, abslutely non-tasty green bell pepper and egg plant. Absolutely overpriced and not worth it.

Greenwoods raw cafe

Kimchi

Cabbage, sea weed, carrots, lettuce.

The kimchi (5,42€/48HKD) had the potential of being very good, but for my taste not fermented enough at all, quite “raw” and flavorless. It wasn’t too salty, which was great, but absolutely not for me.

Greenwoods raw cafe

Raw cake

Cake roll with cashew and coocnut cream.

The cake (11,07€/98HKD) was very special and delicous. We were told it’s pricy bacuase it’s all organic, I find the price absolutely justified, however, I don’t believe it’s all organic, organic berries are very expensive and this restaurant is not certified organic. The berries are the first thing a restaurant would try to save on. I am not emplying the possibility doesn’t exist to get all organic ingredients in Hong Kong, even berries, it’s just unlikeley for a restaurant to do it 100% of the times.

Greenwoods raw cafe

Greenwoods raw cafe Hong Kong Island

Coffee Cake

Cashew cream with cooc sugar, almond date base.

This cake (6.55€/58 HKD) was very delicoius and a perfect size for a raw cake. The consistancy was a little too firm, more like a chocolate bar, could be softer for sure.

Menu

The menu is relatively small but changes daily, so it’s enough to choose from if you come here once but fun enough if you come regularly.

Greenwoods raw cafe

Greenwoods raw cafe

The menue is from the day before?

Greenwoods raw cafe Hong Kong Island

Hygiene

We arrived right at the opening on a Saturday, we had a nice chat with the owner and were about to order as the runny nose of a lady who explained to us the menu (probably the owner as well) started to drip on our table uncontrollably, she tried to contain her nose with her hands, the same hand she used to touch the menu and the cutlery a second later. She seemed not to care and whipped the snot only after I explicitly asked her to. From here on, we battled with the idea to just to leave, as this lady were in and out the kitchen with her runny nose doing nothing about it, but we got served our smoothy unexpectedly by someone else and we were just hoping our food to come would not be contaminated. The hygiene otherwise seemed great, but the careless behavior we just witnessed was a no-no hygiene wise and a manifestation of the carelessness I guess.

Special requests

We had no special requests here, we were kind of set off by the nose incident and pretty much wanted to get over with the meal and leave.

Waiting time

The waiting time was short. There were just a few other guests, so the food came out quickly.

Quality

The food is partially organic, the raw ingredients were fresh.

Taste

Some dishes were awesome, some not great at all.

Creativity

The dishes were somewhat creative, the soup was pretty unique, the cake rolling method great.

Portion sizes

The portion sizes were on the smaller side, the menue is ok as a light lunch, but it is also very affordable and and additional cake or bread can be added.

My rating of the Greenwoods cafe

Scale 1 (lowest possible rating) – 5 (highest possible rating). More about how I rate the restaurants here.

Overall

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Hygiene

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Quality

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Price

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Taste

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Creativity

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Variety

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Vegan friendly

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Special requests

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Communication

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Atmosphere

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Rawness

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Value

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Greenwoods raw cafe Hong Kong Island

Rohkosteria

Our friends recommended us Rohkosteria, they are a healthier raw vegan restaurant, they use spouts, less oil than other restaurants, hemp seeds instead of cashews and are certified organic. On our way from Mainz to Hamburg we planned to spend a long brunch at Rohkosteria, we didn’t stay for as long as we planned and here is why.

Rohkosteria raw food restaurant germany frankfurt



It’s one of the few raw restaurants in Germany and we couldn’t have missed the opportunity to try some new raw vegan dishes.
The restaurant was easy to get to by car and the street parking was not to bad, and it’s free in Frankfurt it seems.

I would always pick Rohkosteria over any regular restaurant, they have organic salads, smoothies, cakes, the ingredients are much better and valuable that they would use at a regular restaurant. I wasn’t super happy with what I had nevertheless and I will provide a detailed review for every dish.

Before you continue reading, keep in mind we went there in the late autumn, the variety of organic ingredient at this time of the year is not great and the produce is expensive, the food might be better during the warmer season. I totally recommend raw foodies to try out Rohkosteria, for a meat eater who just wants to try his or hers first vegan dish, the food will not be convincing I would say.

I’m a raw foodie and have been to many raw vegan restaurants all over the world and I know what one can expect, what’s the range of dishes and what an average raw dish tastes like. I try to approach the dishes naively though, asking myself how I would like the dish if I wasn’t a raw foodie and would try raw food for the first time. It helps me to be more critical with the food and not to like it just because it is raw, but also not to be too pick and not to compare it with the best raw food I’ve ever had or make myself.

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Let’s see what we had! We ordered everything on the menu I knew I wouldn’t dislike just based on the ingredients, so no zucchini based dishes like noodles or lasagne, with only taste good to me when prepped to order.

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erdnuss torte rohkosteria frankfurt

Erdnuss Schoko Torte

Peanuts, dates, carob, hemp seeds.

The peanut torte (4 €) was great. It tasted like a fluffy cheesecake. I asked about the ingredients and was told about the listed above but cake cream was actually coconut based, flakes and oil I guess, If I knew about the coconut, I wouldn’t have tried it. The cake was definitely the best thing we tried today and the only thing I would order again at Rohkosteria.

Rock ‘n‘ Rawl-Wrap

Tortilla, frisches Gemüse, Salatmischung, Kräutercreme, (Wild-)Kräuter, Walnuss-Tomaten-Pesto und Cashewcream

This wrap (11,70€) was the first dish we had and I was super excited about it. It looked great at first but was surprisingly boring once I opened it up. The filling was a salad of napa cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, mung bean sprouts and hemp dressing. The tortilla wrap was good, but the description promised more: fresh veggies, creme of herbs, wild herbs and walnut pesto were nowhere to find in the wrap.

From here on things went south. All the dishes were more or less a repetition of the wrap plus one additional ingredient. Before ordering, we asked what dishes are the best, prettiest and must try and whether they are out of something. They clearly were out of some main ingredients, but didn’t tell us, that all the main dishes are basically identical and we should try the starters, more cakes or something.

pizza rohkosteria frankfurt

Pizza „Rohkosteria“

Buchweizen-Gemüse-Teig, marinierte Pilze, Tomaten, marinierte Paprika, Walnuss-Tomaten-Pesto, Cashewcreme, Rohmesan, Basilikum

The pizza (11,70€) wasn’t great. The promised dough (Teig) was just a smaller tortilla wrap topped with a walnut tomato pesto, mushrooms, tomato and hemp sauce. There was no promised bell pepper, cashew cream, rawmesan, or basil. There were some nutritional yeast flakes on top. The mushrooms were drowned in the hemp dressing are didn’t taste like much, but the tomato pesto was so overly salty, that it almost compensated the blandness of the mushrooms, if it wasn’t bitter.

Falafel-Hummus Teller rohkosteria

Falafel-Hummus Teller rohkosteria

Falafel-Hummus Teller

Kleiner gemischter Salat, mariniertes Gemüse, Hummus, Tomatendip, Falafel

The falafel plate (12,70€) was a disappointment. The salat was pretty decent size, but it consisted as all the side salads many of napa cabbage and carrots with bite of cauliflower, ingredients, I wouldn’t expect at a decent restaurant in a salad or use at home for my own salads. The falafel were disgusting. They were slimy soft on the inside, I cant imagine how this difference in consistency on the inside and outside could occur if one dehydrates at low temp. The hummus is a hemp dressing again, really? And the over-salted tomato pesto?
Stefan found the falafel tasty, but a little sour (probably fermented from being not properly dehydrated), he also found the texture was bread-like dense.

burger rohkosteria

Big-Raw-Burger

Hausgemachtes Burgerbrötchen, Gemüsepatty, Tomaten, Gurken, Salat, Zwiebeln, Cashewcreme, Tomaten-Walnuss-Pesto

I expected the burger (12,70€) to turn the not so satisfying meal around, but it didn’t. The worst thing was the fermented bun. It was too soft and moist on the inside and probably sitting for too long in the fridge, it tasted and smelled completely disgusting. The burger was missing a veggie patty, instead a cut up tortilla made it final appearance in the 4th dish posing as a patty. There was a paper thin cucumber slice, 2 onion slices, lots of hemp dressing, a lettuce leave and the salty pesto in the burger.

The burger bun was really bad.
burger rohkosteria

burger rohkosteria

The menu at Rohkosteria

The menu was decent, 5 main dishes, but the menu was not up to date, many components were swapped, and the 4 dishes we tried were basically all the same. The cake display didn’t seem too inviting, the cakes on the left looked not raw cake pretty.

Pricing at Rohkosteria

The prices are good, a main dish a little more than 10€ tax included is not too bad at all. The cakes are also not expensive at all.

Hygiene

I’m a huge hygiene fan when it comes to food, and here, couple of things were disconcerting. The plates and cutlery had smears and stains from the previous meals, the salt and pepper jar had fat stains, the door was disgustingly dirty. And one thing I particularly dislike is broken plates, glasses etc, it gives me the careless vibe of “it’s still good enough for you”

Special requests

We asked for no extra oil and the kitchen swaps out an oil-based salad dressing for an oil-free one.

Waiting time

The waining time was short. We were the only guests at the restaurant and got served immediately. However, the cake never made it to our table, so we took it to go.

Quality

The food is certified organic, the raw ingredients were fresh, the dehydrated thicker bread and falafel were bad.

Taste

The food didn’t taste like much, partly bad.

Creativity

The dishes were laking creativity, variety or attention to detail.

Portion sizes

The portion sizes we great, we had 2 mains each and it was too much, even we didn’t eat beforehand.

My rating of Rohkosteria

Scale 1 (lowest possible rating) – 5 (highest possible rating). More about how I rate the restaurants here.

Overall

Hygiene

Quality

Price

Taste

Creativity

Variety

Vegan friendly

Special requests

Communication

Atmosphere

Rawness

Value

Waiting time

Menu Rohkosteria

Menu Rohkosteria

Menu Rohkosteria

Live Organic Food Bar

The Live Organic Food Bar in Toronto is an awesome place with many great raw vegan options and also cooked vegan food.

What we had at Live Organic Food Bar

Enchiladas

chipotle corn wrap, sunflower refried beans, tomato salsa, chocolate almond mole, arugula, pickled red onion, jalapeños cilantro, cashew sour cream

I had the enchiladas ($16) first. It was ok, not much flavor, pudding like texture. So good there were fresh tomatoes and arugula, they gave this dish at least some texture. The taste was not bad though.

mezze plate

Mezze pLate

sunflower falafels, sunflower hummus, mixed olives, cauliflower/kale tabouli, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, pickled red onion, flatbreads, tahini sauce, za’ atar oil

Mezze pLate ($16) was my favorite dish. I love falafel, tabbuoleh, hummus, olives and greens. The sun-dried olives were wonderful. Beyond wonderful. The regular olives were way too salty for me after not eating salt for month, I would ask for more sun-dried instead the next time. They are the best.

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Pizza

almond crust, red pepper marinara, arugula, tomato, black olives, artichokes, cashew feta, almond parmesan

This Pizza ($16) was my hubbies’ favorite dish. The crust was wonderful, the sauce and the topping too, especially the nut cheese. First I thought the big fresh tomato slices on the pizza were a little to salady on the pizza, but actually it balanced the dish perfectly. The artichokes were so great on it.

life food toronto Falafel and Taco Wrap

Falafel and Taco Wrap

red wrap, sunflower falafels, smoked carrot hummus, cauliflower/kale tabouli, cucumber, tomato, pickled red onion, micro greens, tahini sauce, za’atar oil & flax corn wrap, sunflower refried beans, guacamole, tomato salsa, walnut taco meat, micro greens, cilantro, green onion

We took the 2 wraps ($15) to go to eat on the plane later that day. The falafel wrap was basically the mezzo plate wraped into a red wrap. The taco wrap was hearty and smokey, really delicious. The wrapping veggie paper itself wasn’t so great after caring it around for 3 hours, the next time I’ll make sure to eat the wraps right away.

Our experience at Live Organic Food Bar

We liked it here a lot. I would totally bring family and friends there.

What to order

They have a sample platter with 4 awesome raw vegan dishes to try. Perfect for first timers. The atmosphere is relaxed and alternative. They also manufacture crackers, wraps, superfoods, I saw some of them at Whole foods earlier that day.

Desserts

They also have a big selection of desserts, some of them contained honey. So be careful if you are vegan.

Quality of the food at Live Organic Food Bar

The food is supposed to be all organic and vegan, so we were told. On the way to the bathroom I passed by the kitchen and saw some boxes of non-organic avocados and greens. I asked about the corn, they guarantied me it was non-GMO. The thing about eating out is, you have to trust the restaurant, even knowing they might not try as hard as yourselves to serve you the best food possible for the money spent.

Menu

Raw and cooked mixed. A decent variety of raw dishes for a mixed restaurant.
We ate here April 2015.

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Rating Live Organic Food Bar

Overall

Quality

Taste

Creativity

Variety

Vegan friendly

Communication

Atmosphere

Value

Waiting time

Rating raw vegan food

Eating out and writing about food, I came up with a rating system, that helps me to evaluate the restaurant more objectively considering all the important dimensions and not falling for the halo effect, the overall impression of the experience or the personality of the owner or server.

Overall rating

the average of the sub-category rating.

Hygiene

how hygienic is the restaurant and food handling

  • clean tables
  • clean kitchen (if visible)
  • clean menu
  • clean cutlery
  • hair in food
  • server touches the food while serving
  • dirty hands
  • sneezing, coughing in the kitchen or while serving
  • cutlery directly on the table

Quality

  • Organic
  • Freshness
  • clean food
  • Taste

  • not bitter or over-salted
  • good combination of ingredients
  • good texture
  • Creativity

  • I wouldn’t be able to do it easily in 15 minutes
  • I ate the same recipe somewhere else
  • plating
  • Variety

  • variety of the main dishes
  • variety of the deserts
  • variety of the salads
  • variety of the drinks
  • Vegan friendly

  • no honey
  • no dairy
  • Special requests

  • Substitution
  • Oil-Free
  • Salt-Free
  • Communication

  • Friendly stuff
  • Transparency
  • Venue,ambiance, atmosphere

  • temperature
  • space
  • decoration
  • location
  • Really Raw

  • nuts not raw
  • use other cooked ingredients
  • use blanched frozen ingredients
  • Waiting time

  • before order
  • before first meal
  • inbetween meals
  • Value for the money

  • price, considering the complexity the dish
  • price, considering the location, costs of labor in the country
  • price, considering the used produce
  • Crucina

    Crucina is the raw vegan restaurant in Madrid that has been on our Spain travel list for a while. Today we had a long lunch here. I only had my iPhone on me, the pics don’t do the food justice.raw food crucina



    We more than recommend checking out the restaurant, not only if you are a vegan or a raw foody! It’s one of the few raw food restaurants in Spain. With its hearty, Greek twist, the dishes are flavourful and filling. The atmosphere is relaxed and the service simply awesome.

    Conveniently located in the city center, Crucina is the only raw vegan restaurant in Madrid. We were super excited to visit and to try all the dishes we checked out on instagram and google beforehand. Otherwise, we did not expect much, just wanted to dive into gourmet raw food we have been successfully avoiding for months, except for an occasional raw cashew ice cream.

    My overall rating of the restaurant compared to a “normal” restaurant in its price range is definitely 5 stars.The quality of the raw food, the mostly organic ingredients and the attention to the detail while creating these raw food dishes compared to the food at a regular restaurant food are winning all the way here. I will provide a more in depth rating, comparing this restaurant to other raw food restaurants down below.

    crucina
    Let’s see what we had! We ordered the tasting menu, that was different, than on the menu that day, the burger and the pizza.

    Lemon milk dessert crucina madrid

    Lemon milk

    macadamia-, brazil-, and almond nutmilk; avocado, xylitol, lemon juice and zest, berries

    The lemon milk (part of the menu 35 €) was amazing. It tasted like a sweetened condensed milk. The flavor and the texture were amazing, with a hint of lemon. I didn’t feel like eating the berries though, they seemed not washed. I know, many restaurants don’t wash the berries for the looks, I prefer them washed.

    Moussaka crucina raw food restaurant madrid

    Moussaka

    3 kinds tomatoes, avocado, sunflower seeds and sage base, macadamia cream with coconut sugar crust

    This moussaka (part of the menu 35 €) was great. Served on a warm plate it had this “out-of-the-oven” feel to it. The tomato layer was flavorful, sweet and savoury. The base was meaty, the cheese layer unbelievably cheesy, even texture-wise.

    meat balls crucina raw food madrid

    meat balls crucina raw food restaurant madrid

    meat balls

    sunflower seeds, almond, curry, coconut sugar, with broccolini

    The meatballs (part of the menu 35 €) were very tasty. Nice soft juicy meaty texture.

    burger

    zucchini, sunflower seeds, curry. raw bread, raw mayo, greens and veggies

    The burger (14 €) was delicious, the taste and texture was similar to the meatballs. The dish is super filling, a perfect main dish. We got an oil free version at our request, which was awesome.

    raw vegan restaurant pizza madrid crucina

    raw vegan restaurant pizza madrid crucina

    Pizza

    seed and veggie crust with sprouted sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, and cashews; nutmeat, mayo sauce, tomatoes, arugula

    The pizza ( 11.25 €) was very tasty and filling. The soft crust, the sauce and the meat combined were on point, with a fresh touch of tomato and arugula. The meat tasted meaty, a perfect balance of juicy softness and bite. We got a customised pizza without oil. So happy about the substitution.

    Raw bread

    chickpea, flax, bell pepper, tomato, pimento

    The bread (free) was soft, spicy and amazing. We wanted to eat it with a dish, but while waiting, we devoured it, even before taking a picture, here you see the small left-over piece. Tasted like a delicious pizza.

    The menu at Crucina

    The menu was surprisingly small for a completely raw restaurant, many items were not available and the menu itself and the tables were dirty. I, with mine OCD tendencies, spoke out the option of leaving to Stefan, but I’m glad we stayed.

    Hygiene

    I’m a huge hygiene fan when it comes to food, and here, couple of things were disconcerting. Dirty tables, piles of dishes even the restaurant just opened after a day off, the server coughing in the kitchen and while serving, touching the food while serving, placing cutlery directly on the table, food scrapes on servers hands to name the once I observed without seeing the kitchen. Nothing really a big deal, but each of those make me less exited about going back.

    Special requests

    The restaurant made many alteration to our dishes as soon as we asked for it. We only asked for no extra oil, but the kitchen redid many dishes so there were no oils in dressing, just WOW! And everything tasted amazing, sometimes the dishes really on the oil for the taste, not here, everything tasted as if it was created oil free.

    Waiting time

    The waiting time was very long, I’m not sure if it was a misunderstanding, I specifically asked for serving everything at once, but the dishes came long time apart, we spend over two hours there, for a lunch way too long for my German taste. Maybe the restaurant wanted us to enjoy the food or the kitchen was simply slow, hard to say.
    As I have timestamps on my iPhone pictures, here is the exact time.
    Arriving 1:09
    Menu 1:11
    1st dish 1:49
    2nd dish 2:14
    free bread 2:25
    3rd dish 2:35
    4th dish 2:59
    5th dish 3:23

    The raw food takes a long time to prep, it surely does, but many components are pre-made. Then there were the alterations we requested. On the other hand, there were not so many other guests.
    Other than us, there were 2 more parties served, 4 businessmen on lunch break and a family of 4-6, don’t remember exactly. They all stayed almost as long for lunch as we.

    Quality

    The food is mostly organic, except for the nuts, we eat 100% organic at home and for us, a place that serves conventional ingredients even partially, will never become a go to spot on the regular basis. Considering all the dishes were nut based, we would prefer the nuts to be organic. And sure, we would be willing pay more for all organic ingredients.

    Taste

    The food tasted great, the flavors were rich and the texture great.

    Creativity

    The dishes were rather simple, there was nothing I haven’t had before in a similar form at couple of other raw food restaurants. Some parts of the dishes were surpassingly creative though, like the taste and texture of the dessert and the cheese layer on the moussaka. The plating was not amazing for most dishes, the veggies were not cut nicely and the broccolini had a dried out stem I would cut off first thing making a salad for myself.

    Portion sizes

    The portion sizes are on point. We shares 5 dishes plus bread, and it was almost too much even we were very hungry. A starter and a main dish are super sufficient for one person. Add a salad or a dessert, and you will be more than full.

    My rating of Crucina in Madrid

    Scale 1 (lowest possible rating) – 5 (highest possible rating). More about how I rate the restaurants here.

    Overall

    Hygiene

    Quality

    Taste

    Creativity

    Variety

    Vegan friendly

    Special requests

    Communication

    Atmosphere

    Rawness

    Value

    Waiting time

    Menu

    The english menu Crucina Madrid.


    Rawlicious

    Rawlicious raw restaurant toronto

    Rawlicious is a nice little all raw restaurant with a to-go service. We planed on eating there first thing in the morning, the door sign said they open at 9 am, but what the sign doesn’t say, they don’t serve food before 11 am …

    I preordered, but ended up coming back several times and got my food by around 11:30. Rereading this, I don’t have a bitter aftertaste, we liked the food.

    What we had

    Herb & Onion Flatbreads

    Herb & Onion Flatbreads

    nut and seed flatbreads with dill cashew nut cheese topped with cherry tomatoes & caramelized onions

    We ate these Herb & Onion Flatbreads ($10) right in the car. They smelled so good and tasted even better! I could swear they tasted like a very good Tarte flambée. The crust was great, the nut cheese creamy. The Onion, really juicy and spicy! Maybe the dill was too much. And I love dill, but not a whole bunch on a tiny piece of bread. The recipe is in the Rawlicous recipe book.

    Taco Wrap rawlicous toronto

    Taco Wrap

    seasoned nut loaf, guacamole, romaine lettuce, salsa & almond nut cheese wrapped in a collard leaf

    We had the really good Taco Wrap ($9.50). I never had such a delicious collard leave wrap before. Usually, once you have a leaf wrapped around and greens inside, it’s hard to make it taste like something else than a salad. But here, the taco meat was so awesome, and the cheese rich and creamy, it was as far from a salad as it could possibly be! If I didn’t know it was raw vegan, I could have believed it’s real meat. This wrap was much better than the taco wrap I had later that day at another restaurant in Toronto.

    pizza pesto buckwheat rawlicous toronto

    Pesto Buckwheat Pizza

    sprouted buckwheat & flax crust, cashew cheese marinara or pesto, daily toppings & topped with cashew parmesan

    This pizza ($10) was a special, so glad I saw it smiling at me from the dehydrator. We ate the pizza on the plane, I know, things taste better on the plane, and this pizza tasted really good, super salty, but very good. Definitely something I would get the next time and will try to recreate it at home from the Rawlicous recipe book. Such an amazing idea to use pesto as a pizza sauce.

    Quesadillas rawlicous restaurant

    Quesadillas

    cashew cheddar cheese, crumbled nut loaf, salsa, avocado, & romaine lettuce in a red pepper wrap. served with coleslaw

    Quesadilla ($15), not a fan. It was pudding like, the wrap gave up on me completely 2h after it was prepared. The coleslaw was something in-between fresh and pickled, not how I like it at all.

    rawlicious wrap

    BBQ Burger

    cashew cheddar cheese, crumbled nut loaf, salsa, avocado, & romaine lettuce in a red pepper wrap. served with coleslaw

    I assume it was the burger ($15), hard to tell from the pic and I did’t write a note for this one.

    Our experience

    So we were patient, we asked to pick up the chosen food at 11am saying that we have to go to the airport shortly after. The food wasn’t ready by 11:30, which was pretty devastating, as we ordered in advance and were insured it will be ready by 11:00.

    I almost requested my money back as I arrived there at 11 and no sign of my food, but in the end I’m glad I didn’t. I liked the food at Rawlicious. Because of the horrible service, I still don’t understand why it took 2 people 2,5h to place the pre-made raw food dishes into the containers, they did it then in front of me after letting me wait for half in hour within 2 minutes.

    Because of all the waiting, there was no time to take proper pics of the food, so I took them after the security check at the airport. The food went though a lot already. I see it as the representation of in what state the food gets to the customer considering the service at that place. But enough about personnel that hopefully gets trained or replaced before we will eat at Rawlicious again, what we definitely planning on doing next time we are in Toronto.

    Menu at Rawlicous

    The menu is small, but sufficient for a lunch. On Rawlisious’ website they claims to use as much organic as possible, the girls at the cafe assured us that everything is organic. Everything I saw in the open kitchen, like salad boxes, spices, veggies, was certified organic.

    We ate here April 2015.

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    Overall

    Quality

    Taste

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    Vegan friendly

    Special requests

    Communication

    Atmosphere

    Value

    Waiting time

    Petit Brot


    In the heart of Barcelona’s old town you will find an amazing raw vegan restaurant we have been going all the time back to during the month we spent in Barcelona. For us, Petit Brot is a must for 3 reasons: The food is simply delicious, the quality is amazing: both organic and always fresh, and the restaurant itself is a modern airy space you will want to stay in even after your delicious raw vegan meal is finished. A plus are the great owners Laura und Ales, super dedicated to serving great food, welcoming and just super nice to be around.

    Let’s see what we had! As usual, I’ll start with the favs!

    Petit Pa with tomatoes and extra avocado

    Sprouted sunflower seeds, flax, psyllium, …

    The Bread (8,90 + 2€) is dense, rich and delicious, like a good German dark bread. It was even shaped exactly like a slice of bread. It even tasted a little toasted from dehydrating I suppose. We asked for no oil on top but avocado. A perfect healthy avocado toast.

    Raw Falafel duo + Salad

    Sprouted chickpea falafel and sprouted sunflower seed & beetroot falafel with fresh greens, veggies, sprouts with creamy raw tahini dressing.

    The falafel salad (13,90 €) was amazing. The falafel very authentic in taste and beautifully shaped.

    Raw cheesecake

    With cashews and almonds.

    This is our favorite cake (7,50€) at Petit Brot, we had it almost every time we were here.

    The cream cream layer is smooth, rich and sweet, the pinc layer fruity and flavorful.

    Raw Bonbon Cake

    Almond and buckwheat base. Cashew creme. Chocolate topping.

    This cake (7,50€) is sweet and with the thick chocolate taste just like a chocolate praline.

    Raw Organsmic Cake

    Buckwheat and almond base. Chocolate mouse.

    This cake (6,50 €) is very chocolaty. A nice treat for dark chocolate lovers.

    Macadamia Cake

    Macadamia and coconut.

    This raw vegan cake (7,50€) is made without any sweeteners except for stevia and has a mild flavor and snow like texture.

    Raw Spaghetti Bolognese

    With zucchini noodles, raw marinara of sun-dried and fresh tomatoes and italian herbs.

    The raw noodles (14,50€) were delicious, must be a special kind of organic zucchini that was used, very smooth and neutral. The marinara is rich and aromatic.

    Lunch Menu

    Living soup, Espinacas a la Catalana, Energy balls.

    The weeks menu (16,95) was incredible. The raw “sautéed” spinach dish tastes as rich and creamy as a cooked spinach while being just quickly dehydrated. The were marinated mushrooms and onions inside which added flavor and made the texture even more interesting. The alioli on the side was exquisite. We asked for no oil on the salad. The soup was also very good.

    Raw mini burgers + salad

    Raw patties made with sprouted buckwheat, lentils and sunflower seeds, mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, 2 patés, with fresh greens and dressing.

    This burger salad (13,90) was stunning. The greens super fresh, colorful and tasty. The patés the patties were topped with were super delicious. The burger patties were not exactly my taste, the lentils gave them in my opinion a weird aftertaste. The salad dressing felt like just oil, but with a tahini dressing, I would definitely give this dish another try the next time.

    Festive Lunch Menu

    Pumpkin soup, raw cauliflower stir fry, pumpkin pudding.

    The menu (18,50 €) consisted of 3 dishes. This meal was our least favorite at Petit Brot. It was also the first one we tried. It showed us again, we shouldn’t even start to junge a restaurant before trying everything on the menu!!

    Raw mini Pizzas

    Crackers, sun-dried tomato paté, cashew cheese, arugula salad, marinated mushrooms, olive oil, herbs, a side salad and sprouts.

    The pizzas (14,50€) are really good. Every layer was amazing. The crackers, the paté and the cashew cheese. We like it so much, we got all the 3 ingredient separately to go and assembled the pizzas at home for dinner later that day. The side salad was super fresh and delicious, we asked for no oil on the salad.

    Make similar raw recipes at home

    Amazing Falafel Salad

    Rawesome Cheesecakes

    Great Raw Burgers

    Delicious Bolognese with raw Parmesan

    Overall impression

    Petit brot is an amazing raw vegan restaurant. The quality of the ingredients is amazing, everything is organic and always fresh. We found so many favorite dishes here and with the weekly changing menu, there is always something new to try.

    What to order for breakfast

    There is nothing wrong with cheesecake for breakfast, right? I would always go for the raw vegan cheesecake in the morning. A slice of raw bread with avocado is also perfect for breakfast. A lighter option would be a smoothie or a slow pressed organic juice. Also the cheesepate is perfect to start the day. We didn’t had the cheese plate at the restaurant, but we had the cheeses and the crakers separatelly, both are amazing.

    What to order for lunch

    During the week, I would definitely order the weekly special, alternatively a falafel salad or the pizzas would be a great start.

    Tips for your visit

    Check the opening hours, you will find all the updates on their facebook page. Morning are usually less busy than the lunch time. Around the holidays, a reservation might be a good idea.

    A good blender is simply irreplaceable.

    Dehydrator turns fruit into delicious healthy treats.

    If you like veggie noodles, you should get a spiralizer.

    Koko Green | Nice | France


    We stayed in Nice for a week and had plenty of time to try all the raw food dishes at Koko Green. On the weekly changing menu, there are 2 raw dishes plus raw desserts, smoothies and juices. The restaurant is run by a very passionate and lovely couple, we could literally taste their dedication in every dish. Everything was fresh, organic and delicious.

    Oyster Mushroom Ceviche

    Ceviche (7.50€) with coconut milk and sweet chili vinaigrette.

    Everything about this dish is amazing. The coconut sauce is deliciously sweet and sour, the marinated mushrooms and completed with creamy avocado and well seasoned veggies. With a hint of lime and fresh coriander.

    Raw vegan sushi

    Sushi (16,00€) with cauliflower and kohlrabi rice, sesame nut cheese, smoked carrot salmon, beetroot, asian salad and yuzu dressing.

    Tasty, filling dish. There are so many different flavours and textures conjoined on this plate. Smoky soft carrot, rich creamy sauce, pickled ginger, hot creamy wasabi, salty soy sauce, mild sweet and sour dipping sauce, fresh crunchy salad and sprouts.

    Tiramisu

    Tiramisu (6.50€) of Almond and Date base, Cashew and Coconut Filling, Chocolate and Coffee Layers.

    Rich and sweet cream layers. The chocolate layers are infused with coffee. The cream layers melt a little faster, leaving the chocolate and coffee layer a little longer on the tong so the coffee and chocolate flavours can fully unfold. A truly perfect raw cake with a texture of a regular tiramisu.

    Make these recipes at home

    Best Tiramisu Recipe

    Banana Cake

    Oyster Mushroom Ceviche Recipe

    Raw Sushi Recipe

    Banoffee Pie

    Banffee pie (6.50€) of nut base, coconut cream and bananas.

    The banoffee pie is a creamy, sweet, delicious dessert. The cream layer is maybe a tiny bit too sweet for our liking and the cream layer was too runny on this one, which didn’t affect the overall great taste at all.

    Overall impression

    We really enjoyed our breakfast and 2 lunches at Koko Green. The food is tasty, the ingredients are exceptional quality: organic and fresh. The raw options are limited, but excellent.

    What you should order

    For the 2 of us, 2 starters, 1 main and 1-2 cakes would make a great lunch.

    Tips for your visit

    You your are visiting on the weekend, call and make a lunch a dinner reservation to not no miss out on the great food, the sitting is limited.

    A good blender is simply irreplaceable.

    Dehydrator turns fruit into delicious healthy treats.

    If you like veggie noodles, you should get a spiralizer.

    Simply raw bakery

    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
    Cakes

    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.

    Salad

    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.

    Miramare

    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

    (6,50 €)
    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. Sometimes, they would sprinkle extra salt and pepper all over the plate, but you can ask them not to.

    Pizza

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

    The pizza (10,90 €) was good. The “cheese” on top was a nice treat, taste pretty much like parmesan. The base and the sauce were delicious and flavorful. The base was thiner than the breads and the tomato sauce tasted like a delicious italian pasta alla bolognese. We forgot to order it with no extra oil on top.

    Bruschetta

    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. Sometimes, they would sprinkle extra salt and pepper all over the plate, but you can ask them not to.

    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.

    Kaiserschmarrn

    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 crumbles.

    Raw vegan cupcakes

    Cupcakes are 4,50€ a piece. We tried 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

    Kirschstrudel
    Brownie
    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

    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.

    Tiramisu

    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.

    Erdbeerknödel

    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.