When I heard that this restaurant had raw vegan nachos, I had a good feeling about this place. Rawlicious is raw, vegan, gluten free, and organic (as much as possible).
I was a little worried when we walked in on a Saturday night and it was not busy at all, but the space was very nice and we sat down at a table with a bench. The waitress came and gave us our menus with a smile and I didn’t know what to choose at first. There was a winter menu and the regular two sided menu. My parents went right for the large green juices, but I couldn’t resist their mint hot chocolate with almond milk, cocoa and agave (please note that my sister wasn’t with us which is why I could have nuts). It was definitely one of the best hot chocolates I ever had, and we have a Blendtec at home, so I’m inspired to make that recipe (without nuts) at home.
For appetizers we got the nacho platter and a warm miso soup with kelp noodles. I don’t usually like kelp noodles, but in this soup they were amazing. The waitress even told us that the soup was magical. The nacho platter was so good, it included pico de gallo, sour cream made from cashews, guacamole, hot peppers, olives and raw nacho chips. I had a mix of the different dips with each chip and it was a lot of fun to eat and share.
Next up for the main course, I ordered a large caesar salad that was a totally different taste than any “normal” caesar salad you would have in a “normal” restaurant. It was fresh romaine lettuce, dehydrated onion bread croutons and pine nut parmesan. The flavour was amazing and I really enjoyed it. I didn’t eat the whole thing because I had so many appetizers had already had way too much to eat at the Farmers’ Market for breakfast. Seriously. I also tried my mother’s sprouted buckwheat pizza and it was ok, I wouldn’t order it myself, but she really enjoyed it. My father ordered the Pad Thai which I didn’t try, but he loved it.
What was also really cool, was that they let me play their grand piano for everyone in the restaurant. I played two Phish songs, one song that I wrote and Riders on the Storm by The Doors. I hope everyone liked it.
I hope you all try Rawlicious and like it as much as I did. They deserve to be really busy on a Saturday night.
NOTE: If you live in the neighbourhood, I saw a flyer for a piano lesson for 15 dollars and you can have a smoothie at the same time.