Respond to Review of CLOSED: Better Life Cuisine
Review: I had read about this place on Happycow, and here's my Better Life Cuisine review. Since Better Life Cuisine first opened its door in the summer of 2009, my family, friends, and I have been here numerous times. We find ourselves returning over and over, because the food tastes good and is healthy, not too salty or overly marinated. In the early months of opening, the restaurant shelves were empty; now they are fully stocked with all kinds of treats and raw stuff for takeaway, including various flavors of kale chips and dehydrated crackers plus dulse, raw Parmesan, seaweed, nuts, and dried fruit. The glass deli case is always filled with a colorful display of raw pies and desserts plus cold salads. And behind/above the counter is the complete menu which offers a wide range of foods including smoothies, fresh pressed juices, salads, wraps, and main entrees. For the deli salads, we like the "egg" salad (made with coconut meat), kale salad, "couscous" salad (made with cauliflower), apple beet salad, corn salad, and the broccoli salad. For main entrees, we've tried them all. We like the manicotti rolls, the raw tacos, the bruschetta, and the lasagna. Each main dishes is served with a side of soup or deli salad. For soup, we've tried the creamy celery soup, spicy chili, and gazpacho. I don't particular like raw soups in general, but I did like the gazpacho and the celery soup. For dessert, we've tried many of the choices and like the spirulina pie, goji-chocolate pie, berry pie, and the vanilla chocolate. The fresh pressed juices and the smoothies are all delicious. Most menu items we've tasted at Better Life Cuisine have been good. On occasionally there have been misses when the same food flavors just didn't "pop," but that's gotten fine-tuned over time. This is a good place to eat raw food in Santa Monica. The owners show a lot of pride in their restaurant. The prices are moderate, and the portions are fair.