i've been eating at au lac regularly for several years. it's one of those places where everything is fake meat, but it blows doors on most similar places.
the owner is incredibly nice, her daughter goes to the high school where i teach. the place is immaculately clean. there great with kids and large parties.
any way even though i eat meat my wife is a vegetarian as is my brother and his wife. so we finally decided to try their 5 course raw meal. they have a special chef who only cooks the raw meals by appointments. they have a 5:30 and a 7:30 seating and it's 25$ a person which is a steal for a good five course meal.
they set the tables differently for the raw meal, with a white table cloth, fancy chopsticks, silverware, and different flowers on the table.
the first course was a soup. it looked amazing. a clear yellow broth with saffron threads and a few cuts of green coconut. it was too sweet and too rich... in fact i couldn't eat more than a few bites and the rest of our group felt the same. we were so disapointed and kinda scared for the next course.
the next course kicked donkey! it was a softened spinach salad with this sauce that just begged me to lick the plate. we were relieved and looking forward to the next dish.
raw spring rolls. they were fresh vegetables wrapped in zucchini slices with a delicate peanut sauce. dang fine.
then the main dish with two different offerings. first off the plate was a huge square plate placed diagonaly facing each of us. directly in front of us was a salad of fresh greens, bell peppers, these cruncy coconut slices and a nasturcium flower on top. it has a great dressing surround the greens, not on top. it was connected to the last dish by 4 incredibly slender asparagus stalks. the last dish was a layered circle. the first and last layer was a hard puck of nuts held together by a dark sauce. then between them was avocado and heirloom yellow tomatoes. it was excellent. there was a large crisy sheet behind the avocado that was some type of coconut dried with grains. (in raw cooking you can dry ingredients in a heat that would be no hotter than letting something sit in the sun.)
we finished off by splitting the coconut pie and the multilayers berry cheesecake. i usually hate fake pies at vegetarian places, but both of these were really good. i think the crust on the coconut pie was made out of dates and nuts.
Ito the raw chef makes something different every time so i'm sure well try it again. he doesn't talk at all (i'm not sure if it's a vow of silence) but he's really friendly and will listen, nod and smile.
i'm not sure if i'm going to tell him about the soup, hopefully the half-full bowls will tell him.