Reno has another great restaurant in Rawr. How impressed am I with Rawr, which opened about four months ago in the West Street Market? Not only do they have fresh seafood, which is no easy trick in Reno, but they make vegan food that tastes good. At other Reno restaurants, vegan seems to be a code word for “flavorless.”
As the name implies, they serve uncooked food. A good portion of the menu is vegan. The restaurant is set up like a sushi bar with seats along a counter and the chef on the other side. There's also seating in a common area of the West Street Market. It looks like they deliver food to the West Street Wine Bar as well.
For my meal, I got beet ravioli with sun-dried tomato vinaigrette and pine nuts, fettuccine made out of asparagus with prosciutto and an arugula pesto and an oyster dish with lavender on top. All were excellent.
The beet ravioli were the vegan dish. Chef Brett Kendall uses golden beets to simulate the pasta part of ravioli and the tomato and pine nuts were delicious. I can't remember what he used to represent the cheese in the ravioli. The asparagus fettuccine was great combination with the tasty prosciutto and I liked the crunchiness of the pine nuts on top. The oysters were fresh and delicious and the lavender was a nice addition on top.
Service was good.
Rawr is a project of Larry Dunning, who started the much missed Sezmu, and as at Sezmu he has one of the areas better wine lists. I saw Baudry and Rawr is the first place I've seen Brick House pinot noir from Oregon in Nevada. The mark ups are better than most restaurants, which may come from his days working at Plumpjack restaurant at Lake Tahoe, which is owned by the Plumpjack winery. I'd say the menu skews more towards white white and rose, though.
I also got a bottle of root beer. With a tip, dinner came to $40. Not overpriced given the quality, but also not something I can do every day. I look forward to exploring the menu at Rawr.
It is open Thursday through Sunday from 5:30 p.m. To 9:30 p.m.
148 West St
Reno, NV 89501