Turning Gourmet Raw into Fast Food
Posted on 04 / 04 / 2011
I have visited this Raw Cafe on several occasions. Being very interested in The RAW lifestyle, and living close by, I was interested in giving this place a chance.
The food is moderate to pricey for a cafe, but one understands that: ingredients in "gourmet" raw food can sometimes cost a lot(raw nuts, coconut butter, etc), it takes more time to prepare, and is located at the St. Lawrence Market (location location!).
Depending on what you choose, it is hit or miss. The Raw Desserts have their good days and bad days, and some do seem a little over priced. They certainly do not hold out on the fat content (loaded with nuts, avocado and coconut) or added sweeteners (agave and coconut butter) and contain non-raw ingredients like roasted cocoa (as one of the employees informed me).
I would love to see Raw Desserts that can also be humble and healthy (low-fat raw).
The wraps are quite tasty , and good for the price, as they are loaded with guac, fresh veggies, and sprouts (careful if you are watching your salt intake).
The Salads are big, and the dressings are always nice.
The juice is standard, but it's good for those who do not have their own juicer.
Over all, there is nothing here that stands out from other Raw Restaurants in Toronto.
If you are looking for good customer service though, you might want to look somewhere else.
The ladies at this restaurant seem to all have a chip on their shoulders. Every time I have visited, they seem to rush through each customer, looking utterly stressed, and rarely looking up from their work. I've yet to catch a smile.
It's so unfortunate to see such an unhappy crew at a place that is suppose to represent vibrant health. For those new to the idea of Raw food, they might be led to believe that RAW food is NOT the key to wellness.
I think the word on health should be spread, but this place might be doing us a disfavour.
I think I have given this place a fair chance, but it's not somewhere I'd return anymore.
Updated from previous review on Monday April 04, 2011
Yummy Wraps, 100% Vegan, Fresh Food
Unfriendly Staff, Pricey, Raw "fast-food"