After visiting Pure Food and Wine during my trip to NYC while I was visiting my parents in the USA, I was dying to try another raw vegan restaurant. I love raw food, but my adventures in making it at home have been pretty limited, mostly because I don’t have a food dehydrator or the other equipment commonly used in raw food preparation (well, not yet anyway). Luckily, there’s a raw vegan place not far from my parents house: Rawbert’s Organic Garden in Beverly, Massachusetts!
It was snowing like a bastard outside that night, but amazingly they were still open. Everything on the menu looked delicious, but I was really intrigued when I saw that they had pizza. I’d been craving vegan pizza for a while, but I’m trying to hold off on the gluten lately (it makes me feel tired and generally cruddy). Luckily, raw food doesn’t generally have gluten in it, so I was good to go.
I ordered half a pepperoni pizza as an entree. Oh my freaking god. It was amazing! There was this little note in the menu that said something about it not being “your traditional comfort food”. Screw that. I found it a hell of a lot more “comforting” than some greasy pie from pizza hut or wherever. The sauce tasted similar to the one in Ani Phyo’s book, but the crust, I have no idea. I MUST figure out how to make it! The “cheese” was made of cashews and the “pepperonis” (portobello mushrooms) were SO good! I have no idea how they managed to make the mushrooms so meaty without cooking.
For dessert, I grabbed a few dark chocolate truffles on my way out. Sadly, I ate them before I got a chance to take a picture. I need to remember next time!
The only minor complaint I have is that our waitress was really inattentive, and spent most of the time we were eating gossiping loudly to the bloke who was preparing food. I can’t stand being subjected to people talking shit about others. It was really unprofessional, and was totally harshing my mellow, man.
Normally I wouldn’t bring it up, but bad service is common in a lot of vegan and independent restaurants/cafes and it causes their business to suffer, which ultimately leads to them going out of business. I want raw & vegan restaurants like Rawbert’s to be around forever! For that to happen, they need to have servers who are passionate about raw food and are sensitive to the needs of customers.
Overall though, I’m so happy I made the effort to go and I’m sure I’ll be stopping by A LOT next time I’m there. I love the atmosphere and the prices are a lot more reasonable than most places. Maybe they’ll open a Rawbert’s in London… I wish!
Until next time, love & kisses –