Last night I had one of the best meals I've ever eaten. I'm hard to please, too. I like my food to be healthy and taste good. And, it must be gluten free, of course. With all of those requirements, I can be a pretty tough critic. But last night, I had a wonderful experience and meal at a restaurant that is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
I met a friend at Cru in Silverlake - www.crusilverlake.com Cru is an organic vegan restaurant with a menu that is 100% gluten free (bonus!) and mostly raw. How can THAT be good, you might ask? Yes, it's true, raw food CAN taste good. There are plenty of raw food restaurants out there that don't do a very good job and unfortunately, they give the other ones a bad rap. However, at Cru, you really wouldn't even know that you are eating raw food. Yes, that is just how good it is! I had the pesto ravioli. The ravioli is made out of thinly sliced jicama and is filled with a "cheese" made form cashews. It was topped with a wonderful pesto and served with an arugula salad. I ate every bite! And, to top it off, I just had to try some dessert. They have a very nice dessert menu and I decided to go with the chocolate brownie a la mode. The brownie and ice cream are both raw, gluten free, non dairy and do not contain refined sugar - perfect! It was amazing... again, I ate every bite!
The funny thing is, though, that while I ate everything served to me, I was not full. I was satisfied and felt great, but not overly full. I tend to feel this way after a good raw vegan meal. The portions are not big and all of the ingredients are organic and natural - the way a proper meal should be.
So, if you are looking for a good meal that is healthy (and gluten free, to boot!), you must give Cru a try. Even if you are not a raw vegan (hey, I'm not!), I would still highly recommend it. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.