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Juliano's Raw in Santa Monica - review

snackish | Feb 27, 200408:07 PM

I am doing a project on raw food for a nutrition class & decided to check out a professional preparation for myself, so I hied on down to Juliano's this afternoon.

It is certainly a nice room, with enough cut flowers to give most flower shops a run for their money. The kitchen is open so you can see people - should I say cooking or assembling? - your food.

I ordered the "Cheezburger and french fries" for $12.95. I was puzzling over how they would make a wheat bun, as promised on the menu.

The "bun" was two squares of sprouted-wheat or sprouted-something cracker, sandwiching a stack of sprouts, a generous dab of "cheez" (I believe made of nuts), a salty nut burger patty, some marinated onions and a salty "pickle" slice.

The plate was prettily arranged with dabs of chopped and sliced veg and arugula. The "French fries" were 3 strips of slightly dehydrated zucchini in seasoned salt with a beet-based ketchup.

I was fairly underimpressed. All in all, it seemed like a lot of work to make a bad imitation of a burger. Why not make something that doesn't pretend to be a burger, but tastes original and better?

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