Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Rawmazing Dinner At Euphoria Loves Rawvolution

Fresh from my week of raw food diet, I ventured with some friends for even more food at Euphoria Loves Rawvolution. This is the lovely raw cafe in Santa Monica that provided me with the raw box I had enjoyed the prior week. Luckily, I had another Groupon voucher there, this one for a meal for 2 people that I had purchased for $22. This included 2 entrees and 2 drinks. Since there were three of us diners, we decided to order an appetizer to ensure we would have enough food for all of us.

We began the meal with the Coconut Jerky appetizer with cashew mayo ($8).

This was delicious. The coconut jerky mimicked beef jerky perfectly. It was very tough and chewy and had a savory flavor. The cashew mayo sauce was very rich and creamy and had a subtly sweet sauce.

Next, we had the Pad Thai bowl ($14).

This dish was phenomenal. Since the restaurant was out of kelp noodles, they substituted zucchini noodles instead. The noodles worked perfectly in this dish. They were thick and slurpy and absorbed the sweet, nutty sauce. This dish was very spicy from the chili flavoring. The creamy glob on top added a slight sweetness to the dish.

Next, we had the Nachos Grande ($12.50).

These nachos were fantastic. The raw corn chips were very crunchy and had a slightly salty taste. The cheese sauce was so creamy and had a wonderful nutty flavor. The guacamole added a richness to the dish and had a lovely smooth consistency. The salsa added a mild spice. The walnut taco meat was very savory and enhanced the spiciness of the dish.

For dessert, we had the Papaya Coconut Cheesecake ($8).

This cheesecake was amazing. It had a wonderful succulent flavor from the papaya, which was slightly contrasted by the subtle bitterness of the coconut. The goji berry topping added a lovely tartness. The consistency was superb and was very creamy.

To wash everything down we shared two beverages. The first was the Chocolate Maca Shake ($7.75).

This smoothie was so decadent and creamy. It had a wonderful chocolaty taste. It could have been a little  sweeter, but it was very enjoyable and complimented the food very well.

Lastly, we had the Goji Berry Lemonade ($6.75).

This drink was also very good. It was very tart and had a very subtle sweetness. Nevertheless, it was very refreshing and provided a lovely cooling sensation after drinking it.

Overall, the meal was fabulous. Every dish was very flavorful and had its own unique taste and textures. While the food and beverages were quite expensive, as raw food typically is, I was thankful that the Groupon brought down the price significantly. The meal cost less than $40 total, which is a great deal for raw food. I cannot wait to dine there again.

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