Ever since I heard the announcement for the opening of Pure Cafe, a gourmet "raw food" restaurant, I've been following its progress with some interest. That progress has been halting, to say the least. The opening has been delayed time and time again. (For PR purposes, wouldn't they be better served by just quietly opening, rather than trying to build anticipation with repeated announcements of "grand openings" that never come to pass?) So I'm not surprised to find that, yet again, they've delayed the grand opening "for the next few weeks, as of March 1, 2005," according to their web site.
I'm not a vegetarian, vegan, or "raw foodie." But the latter ideology ties a cook's hands in so many ways that it becomes something of a puzzle or game. How can you make a cheesecake without cheese? How can you make bread without exposing the dough to heat over 110 degrees? Can you make chocolate without roasting cacao? Would cold-smoked tofu satisfy a barbecue itch?
Pure Cafe hasn't opened. But they are making multi-course meals that can be pre-ordered and picked up on Sundays. (This week's menu is pasted below.) So far, I haven't been bold enough to take the plunge. It may be great. Or it might be an argument for a stronger "separation of church and plate."
Has anyone here tried Pure Cafe's take out menu? Any vegetarians or vegans in our midst that would be willing to be a guinea pig? (No offense intended with the animal testing metaphor.)
Pure Cafe Carry-out Menu
Pineapple Cucumber Bliss (sweet pineapple and cucumber soup with coconut water, layered with herbs and just a hint of jalapeno)
Sunburger (hearty veggie burger of sprouted nuts, layered with vegetables and herbs between two sprouted kamut buns, served with raw mayo mustard and ketchup,
dressed with pickles, tomato, purple onion, lettuce, and sprouts)
Tantalizing Tuna Salad (sprouted nuts and vegetables layered with living mayonnaise, celery, purple onion, and pickles that tastes just like old fashioned tuna salad; served sandwich style or on bed of lettuce)
Walnut Raspberry Honey Onion Salad (candied raspberry, bosc pear, and honey onion salad with raspberry vinaigrette)
Spring Rolls (cucumber spring rolls filled with coconut noodles, vegetables, red leaf lettuce, and fresh asian herbs, served with a sweet and sour sauce and spicy red chili sauce)
Strawberry and Banana Crepes (coconut flax 'butter' crepe filled with orange cream and tropical fruit coulis)
Coconut Ice Cream (with chocolate sauce)