Respond to Review of CLOSED: Cru
Review: I had read about this place on happycow, and here's my Cru review. Came here for lunch with my husband, I was quite pleased that I finally made it out here... I had been here a few years back when it was still Jade Cafe, an all raw food cuisine restaurant. While the space and decor is similar, it's under an entirely different ownership and staff. The interior is small-ish but chic casual with plenty room for moving about. I was surprised to find that besides Raw food, there is also about 8 offerings that are Cooked food. My friend and I ordered only the raw stuff because that's what we had come for. The two of us shared the Dream Roll appetizer which were very tasty (jicama, avocado, kimchi, shitake mushroom wrapped in collard green and paired with nama shoyu sauce. Then we had the Pesto Ravioli raw main entree which was excellent (herbed cashew cheese folded inside jicama slices accompanied by arugula salad). Also we got the Pad Thai raw main entree which turned out to be a disappointment (kelp noodle in a spicy and salty red sauce). The spicy chili was very strong but had a nice kick which I didn't mind, but the sauce was just too salty. Neither of us could eat it. I ended up taking it home and re-creating it by adding some sliced raw zucchini, mung beans, and toasted cashew nut pieces, and that became a delicious dinner. Overall, the raw food at CRU tasted clean, refined, and flavorful. It's certainly one of the better choices for a gourmet raw food experience in greater Los Angeles. I would like to return to try the other raw dishes.