I’ve made it my mission to try every vegetarian/vegan restaurant in the city. Ok, I know that probably isn’t feasible (especially since I live on a budget), but I do have a big list of all the places I want to try.
About a month ago, I bought a Google Offer to one of them, Quintessence. I finally got a chance to use my coupon this week. Quintessence goes a step beyond typical vegetarian fare in that all the food is raw. So maybe I should say it stops a step before? Not sure how that works.
Here’s a quick overview on raw food diets:
Everything is unprocessed, whole plant-based, and typically organic. Raw Foodists believe that the higher the proportion of raw foods in our diet, the healthier we will be. They believe cooking destroys or alters the natural enzymes, vitamins, and minerals in food that allow us to properly digest foods. Learn more here.
Anyway, I’ve never been to a raw food restaurant. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but what I got was pure deliciousness. I’m mad at myself for not snagging some pics, but I grabbed some off the website. Apologies for the low quality.
I ordered the ravioli combo with primavera pasta. “A combination of two tasty fillings: sun-dried tomato basil and ‘cheese,’ inside paper-thin turnips. Served with yellow squash pasta tossed with fresh chopped tomato and onion. Topped with rich tomato Napolitano sauce.”
This dish was so good! I really liked how much lighter the veggie pasta was compared to regular flour pasta. The cashew ‘cheese’ was creamy and delightful, and I got a nice big portion. Gotta love leftovers!
My friend ordered the Happy “Fish” Burger. “A succulent, delicately seasoned “fish” burger patty.” I tried a bite and it was scrumptious.
We also split two desserts, the Coconut Crème Pie and the Tiramisu.
I could have gone without the pie but the tiramisu was amazing!
If I didn’t have a coupon, it would have been a little pricey, but I would definitely go again. I want to try the pizza!
I don’t think I’ll be diving into an all-raw food diet (giving up meat was enough for me!), but I would definitely go to another raw food restaurant or give some recipes a whirl, especially if that means a break from turning on the oven or standing over the stove in my not-so-air-conditioned apartment! I bet the raw food diet started in the Sahara…