The Beginnings - Kr.Barona Iela

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Kr. Barona Iela 21, Riga, Latvia

Serves fish, vegan options available. Restaurant and health food store store with vegan and raw options including burgers, wraps, soups and Buddha bowls. Also has a range of smoothies (berry, protein, superfood), juices, healthy shots (wheatgrass, ginger, turmeric), matcha latte and golden turmeric latte. Sweets include gluten-free, GMO-free and additive-free cakes, chocolate and snacks. Store sells berry cookies, veggie chips, legume pastas, plant-based protein powders and more. Previously named Raw Garden. Open Mon-Fri 9:00am-9:00pm, Sat 11:00am-9:00pm, Sun 11:00am-7:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Organic, Raw, Juice bar, Take-out, European, Fusion, Non-veg

8 Reviews

First Review by Alwa

Great food and drink - Edit

We went here for dinner. You order and pay at the counter and take a seat. I had the raw lasagne (gf) with 2 types of pesto which was really tasty. Their turmeric latte was also one of the best I've ever had. My husband had a goji berry smoothie which was delicious. Seems to be all vegan except a couple of fish options. Only slight minus is that the smoothies are popular and they either only have one blender or one person making them so drinks came after we'd eaten. They had big jugs of water with citrus fruit in on the side in the meantime though.

Pros: Lots of gluten free options, Mostly vegan, Awesome turmeric latte

Cons: Bit slow on drinks making

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Cozy place - Edit

Lots of tasty vegan deserts and some options for lunch

Pros: good choice of vegan deserts

Cons: a bit expensive

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Good food generally - Edit

As a raw consumer, I find raw dishes a bit salty and oily, but that is up to anybody to judge. Generally good place.

Pros: Nice looking, Friendly staff

Cons: Rather small portions for raw eaters, Not many raw options

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Fresh and healthy brunch buffet - Edit

We came here on a Sunday and at that time they offered brunch, which was a fixed menu that consisted of a vegetable soup as a starter, a buffet, and a smoothie bowl as dessert. The soup was delicious and the smoothie bowl was quite good as well. The buffet was very fresh, healthy and mostly raw, and you could refill your plate as many times as you wanted. They used a lot of the same ingredients (zucchini, chick peas, puy lentils, potatoes and purple potatoes) for many of the dishes which made them seem quite similar. Our favorites on the buffet were the different sauces -- don't miss out on them! Unfortunately, they use honey in some of the cakes that they sell at the counter, so the place is not entirely vegan. The place was quite busy and it seemed as if we were lucky to get a table, so be sure to make a reservation if you have your mind set on going here for brunch.

Pros: The sauces on the brunch buffet, Very healthy

Cons: Honey used in the cakes

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Best raw food in Riga - Edit

Good place for lunch, best smoothies. Healthy, light food and tasty at the same time! They have raw as well as cooked options. Very cosy place to eat or just to hang out with friends!

Pros: All Vegan, Best lunch options in Riga, Best snikers

Cons: Sometimes portions are small

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Half-Raw, Half-Cooked, Almost All Vegan - Edit

Visited for dinner in August 2016.

This is the third branch of Raw Garden; and the menu is the same as the one they have at Skolas iela. Half of the dishes are raw and half are cooked. The drink menu is also extensive.

We had the raw canellonis, sweet potato pancakes and fajitas (all vegan). Portions were satisfying.
We found the pancakes to be particularly yummy, so we'd probably have them again next time.

Service was friendly and relatively quick.
Prices were also moderate for Riga (7-8 euros for a main dish); but a very good compromise between amount/taste/value.

All-in-all, this is a recommended address to drop by when in Riga.

If only they would stop using honey in the desserts!



Updated from previous review on 2016-08-30

Pros: good value, tasty, friendly staff

Cons: not all vegan

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Very good place. - Edit

The food was tasty and the place is big, yet cozy.
We'll go back to try the desserts that looked delicious!

Cons: Not many choices on the menu

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Great food :-) - Edit

Raw vegan food, beautiful and delicious. Very tasty smoothies and cake. Friendly staff that let us have dinner even though they had just closed the kitchen.

Pros: Great food, Nice smoothies, Cozy environment

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