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Gems at Pure Juice & Take Away

skigirl | May 18, 2005 04:53 PM

I'll own up to being one of the many who mocked this place and its parent restaurant, Pure Food & Wine, when it first opened. HOWEVER, I since have become addicted to their "lasagne" with tomatoes, pignoli ricotta, and basil pesto. I'm generally not one to gush, but it's full of fresh flavor, is beautifully assembled, and is more filling than one might expect. It's good that it's filling, of course, 'cuz it's $17 or $18 takeout. I also highly recommend the raspberry tarts for dessert when they have them. They, too, are excellent. The most "raspberry"-tasting raspberries I've had in a loooonnggg time.

As an aside, I also dined at the restaurant a while back. I had the tasting menu and, while I was more impressed than I expected to be, I wasn't wowed. The service was knowledgable, the room was cramped but lovely, and the food was all over the place. I think it's the consistency of many of the dishes that put me off--The heaviness of them (e.g, the tortilla wraps and the tamales). Also, I missed food having an aroma. I do, however, recommend that people who enjoy the "art" of cooking give it a whirl, if only to experience all that can be done with coconut meat and ground nuts.

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