Raw Aura for lunch on Canada Day
Posted on 07 / 01 / 2011
Raw Aura restaurant rating
I was in Port Credit today, for the Canada Day parade and festivities. I dropped into Raw Aura for lunch. I had been there several times last year. I am not vegetarian, but I have a very broad range of tastes and appreciation for different country's foods. I am a self-confessed "foodie" and amateur chef.
They had several delicious looking plates prepared, going out to customers. Their Pasta Bolognese noodles were a huge serving, ready for a hungry person. As well, the Pizza and Lasagna looking interesting too.
I asked a number of questions of the chef, RJ. He was quite happy to answer them as he continued preparing more meals. Dimitri, the owner, also answered periodically. His wife was not working today.
I sat outside at the patio, enjoying the noon sun and watched the parade. I ordered the Sweet and Sour Noodles ($13), which were a combination of kelp and zucchini cut in narrow long strips. They were tossed with romaine lettuce, red pepper, fresh cilantro (which I love) and an almond based dressing. The pile of "noodles" was topped with spiced almond pieces. When I saw the plate of food, it was huge. I could have easily shared the plate with a second person. I like "al dente" pasta noodles and these vegetable noodles were "al dente" raw noodles, delicious.
Over the course of an hour, I ate leisurely, and spoke with a number of other diners. One couple had come for dinner last night, and loved it so much they came back for lunch today! Others had never been there before. Everyone thought the food was terrific.
After learning they had ice cream, made with no cream, but nuts, I had to try it. I really like ice cream and frozen yogurt. I asked Dimitri's advice for which flavour to try. Thus I tried the chocolate mint "ice cream" ($4). Incredibly it tasted like ice cream, but even better. I knew it was so much healthier.
The staff was very helpful, as I spent a relaxing lunch talking on and off with RJ, Pam and Dimitri. They easily answered my questions and gave me some guidance on learning more about raw food.
The restaurant has a good selection of appetizers, tapas, main courses, sides, drinks, and deserts. Everyone who tried the smoothies raved about them.
I highly recommend Raw Aura to anyone who likes great food and good value. Real food, real good.
I will definitely be back with my family.
Tasty, Large Portion, Incredibly healthy
Blender for smoothies is noisy