Starting a Raw-volution (WMN.ph)

Here’s my write-up about a local raw food/vegetarian restaurant, which was featured in WMN.ph, July 21, 2010.

(Photos by Nikka Sarthou)

Tickle your taste buds with a different kind of dining experience at Rawvolution – Cheloy’s Living Food Cuisine.

Food: Health buffs would surely appreciate the variety of nutritious dishes at Rawvolution, which is the only restaurant in the country that serves purely raw and vegetarian cuisine. Although I am neither a vegetarian nor a raw food enthusiast, I dared to try it out to see if I would enjoy being one – at least for the duration of one meal.

To start off, I ordered the Green Smoothie, which came in a very vibrant green color. I was told that it is mostly made out of vegetables, but it tasted predominantly of banana so I really liked it. I also tried one of their bestsellers, the Portobello Mushroom Steak with rosemary and garlic mashed potato, and thought that it surprisingly tasted really meaty and was actually filling as well. The mashed potato, though, could have been better, as this came off as somewhat bland for me. Other notable dishes are the Mock Salmon Pate, Asian Sushi Rolls, and Fettuccini Alfredo.

The thing about raw food is that you shouldn’t expect it to be served piping hot, as it is not cooked so you’ll get to maximize its nutritional benefits. For those who are not quite prepared yet to go raw, the restaurant can prepare cooked vegetarian meals for you. A must-try is their vegetarian bihon.

Price: The raw food dishes can be a bit pricey, but you really have to spend for something of good quality. Main course dishes range from P380 to P580, while vegetarian meals are reasonably priced at P120 to P280.

Ambience: This quaint eatery is the perfect place to have a casual meal with your family or friends. It has a homey atmosphere with local decor such as wooden furnishings, native place mats, decorative ferns, and even whole cloves of garlic as its table centerpiece.

Parking: There’s ample parking at the front and side of the building.

Service: I was warmly greeted by the chef-slash-owner as I entered the restaurant, and the staff was very attentive. They can also be very accommodating when you ask them about the menu so do not hesitate to do so.

Rawvolution – Cheloy’s Living Food Cuisine
Dona Julita Building, 112 Kamuning Road, corner K-e Street, Quezon City