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  1. Bobbie {thevegancrew}

    Oh, that’s the worst! All your dishes looked really promising (except for the Coconut Cream Pie; it’s a little too reminiscent of styrofoam for me), so it’s unfortunate that overall it was such a disappointment. The optimist in me is hoping it was just an off day (albeit a very off day–seriously, who serves a non-chilled smoothie?). At least the meal was topped off with an enjoyable dessert. 🙂

  2. Chris

    All the dishes looked pretty at least. 🙂

  3. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Oh wow, everything really looked spectacular, sorry to hear it was lackluster. I’ve had that kind of underwhelming experience before at Spice Market in Atlanta. It’s all asian cuisine and owned by a famous chef, sounded perfect for me but out of 7 courses only the dessert was worth eating.

  4. Aparna

    Aww, well, hopefully they see your review and take it as constructive criticism–little fixes can make a big difference! 🙂

  5. Ela

    I’m sorry that you were underwhelmed and I think it’s great that you share your honest feedback.

    I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how tough it is for raw food restaurants to cater both to the ‘healthy’ crowd and to the restaurateur/high food reward/palate-mouthfeel-pleasing-maximally salted and sweetened crowd. I think that that dilemma is precisely the reason why I haven’t become a chef. So, for example, many people say that it’s much better to have a smoothie or other drink at room temperature than cold, digestion wise. But it’s an ingrained aesthetic to have them cold, so it’s a tough battle for a restaurant to take on.

    Another thing I dislike, though, which I’ve noticed often at raw food restaurants, is overuse of one or two ingredient items in every dish. You mentioned almond butter and maca a few times; I went to a restaurant in LA once where every sauce was made of almond butter and there were a couple other things that did multiple duty. Obviously, it’s sensible to use recipe components in multiple ways in a restaurant setting, but I think that trying to be too versatile can translate to corner-cutting and underseasoning like you experienced.

  6. veganlisa

    I’m so sorry to hear it wasn’t a stellar visit to Raw Aura. I haven’t been there since Doug left but my previous experiences were all fantastic.

    I agree about your smoothie statement – they must be cold or intentionally hot!


  7. Kathy

    A someone who follows a mainly raw food diet, I thought the photos of the different dishes of food looked fantastic and, bland or not, I’d certainly make a point of eating there if I was in the area. As far as bland food goes, you can easily add seasoned salt, or different spices, or lemon juice, to jazz it up. (I add apple cider vinegar to almost everything.) I’d much rather be served a dish with NO salt, in a restaurant, instead of one that’s loaded with it. I have friends who have been vegans for decades and, on their dinner table, they always have about half a dozen different types of spices, instead of just salt and pepper. (I’ll also mention that I enjoy reading your posts about vegetarian food.)

  8. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin'

    What a bummer! I hate it when you’re looking forward to a good meal, only to be disappointed. 🙁 I especially hate luke-warm milkshakes! (I think that tends to happen in some raw restaurants, because hard-core enthusiasts don’t like to disrupt their digestion with ice-cold temperatures… but I like them COLD!!)

    I was recently disappointed with a quite PRICEY breakfast on my last day in NYC. We went to a hotel that was world-famous for their food, and it was shockingly mediocre– which really hurt when we got the insane bill. I can’t believe how popular they are after that!

  9. Hannah

    Oh, how sad! I starting feeling icky as soon as you said “room temperature smoothie” – I really hate that! Also, I’m often a bit nervous of pumpkin seeds for the very reason Matt experienced, as they seem to become rancid and bitter more quickly than many other seeds/nuts. Bad restaurant meals make me so cranky, as I always feel like it’s a total waste of tummy space and money, and I start obsessing about all the things I could’ve eaten at home that would’ve been better 😛

    Thank heavens we’re got you in this world, who shall always make raw foods deeericious!

  10. Fanny

    I think you’re being to kind! They gave you a pretty crappy meal – which you paid for, so why excuse them? It’s alright to be unsatisfied!

    When I visited Seattle in June I went to The Flying Apron bakery, which I had heard a lot of good stuff about. But when I got in there, nothing (and there was A LOT!) really looked tempting. I bought a very plain (although tasting OK) piece of cake which turned out to be quite pricey. Not going back there.

  11. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty

    Wow that’s to bad everything sounded SO good!! I hope you try to recreate some of the recipes?

    There used to be a raw place here that served room temperature smoothies – soooo gross. I agree – why not add some ice???????????

    I’m really curious about the cinnamon toast crunch smoothie!

  12. Callie {Rawxy}

    Rawlicious in Toronto also left much to be desired – I wouldn’t say it was bad, but just nothing special. I mean, the whole meal I kept thinking ‘I could make this, but better’ haaa… Such a bummer when that happens!

  13. shannonmarie (rawdorable)

    So sorry to hear about your disappointing meal. There aren’t a lot of raw restaurants around here, so usually, I’m just excited to find one at all. However, I do agree that I tend to like what I make at home better.

  14. Hannah (BitterSweet)

    How incredibly disappointing- Everything looks so promising…That is just the worst! It does happen every now and then, but hopefully you just caught them on an off-day? I always try to give the place the benefit of the doubt!

  15. rawkinmom

    Just visited a great vegetarian restaurant by me and I was not disappointed!!! It was so good and they had homemade kombucha served in a wine glass!!! So nice!!! I will be going back!! Sorry that you had a bad experience….BUT it sounds like usually you have great ones!!! 🙂

  16. Tanya Alekseeva

    There’s only one solution my dear! Open your own restaurant!! I’ll do the chocies 🙂 🙂

  17. Matt

    Your comments really seem conflicting. A raw bread stick being too crunchy? From your other reviews and recipes you have posted, it seems you are too used to processed cooked vegetarian food, and not raw vegan food.

  18. TJ

    Seventy dollars for 6 menu items made with all organic produce sure doesn’t sound like a lot. You would pay that or more at any other restaurant that just uses standard cheap-as-you-can-get produce.

    Your suggestions of more salt, more sugar seem to be a bit conflicting with the raw food concept.