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Crudessence

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105 Rue Rachel O
Montreal, QC  H2W 1G4

(514) 510-9299

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4 star rating
November 02, 2015

creative healthy food, if they were organic i'd go even more often, the lasagna is good but little dry. the smoothies are food but filled with sugar the cashier told me that's why she never drinks them and when i asked to change some stuff in the smoothie they said every change cost 2$!

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4 star rating
September 05, 2015

Nice and friendly staff, good service and amazing food! For a raw Vegan this place was beyond perfect, it hit every spot perfectly.

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4 star rating
June 25, 2015

We originally planned to go the vegan place that was above this only to discover they had closed. We decided to try Crudessance rather then La Panthere Verte next door. I had the pesto lasagna that was absolutely one of the best I have ever tasted. My daughter had the Fujiyama and loved every bite. A little heavy on the sprouts, but otherwise perfect. We shared a brownie and an ice cream... more

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4 star rating
June 07, 2015

Healthy food indeed!
Crudessence has a manu packed with healthy raw vegetarian options. The food is good and flavorful. The water is chlorophyll-infused, that was an interesting touch.
The service is fast and friendly.

They have an outside sitting option. Great if you want to grab a bite and keep your furry friend with you on a summery day!

A little bit on the pricey side, I understand is all... more

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4 star rating
May 18, 2015

OK, I have to add my review of this location of Crudessence because my review of the downtown location wasn't great. However, this location was a much better experience for me! Not only is it located right next to Jeanne Mance park and the whole mountain, but it's a bit smaller, more intimate and the staff is really on their game. I stopped in for a smoothie (and the complementary... more

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4 star rating
Good but maybe not 100% for me
July 27, 2014

This was a great experience. Good was great, atmosphere was great.
I'm not vegetarian at all and I still appreciated the food!!
Beware the vegetable drinks.. they are surprising.

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4 star rating
July 23, 2014

Excellent food! With my food restrictions (no sugar, no carbs), this was the paradise! Recommended to everyone who's searching for health food! Really great and original menu.

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4 star rating
Best vegan meal in Montreal
July 21, 2014

The restaurant was right around the corner from the art museum. We went for lunch and ate outside. I had a temph sandwich and my husband had a spinch crepe and son had a breakfast burrito. The food was fresh and the sauces and flavors were exciting. The fruit salad had fresh mint. My highlight was a chai latte with... more

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4 star rating
June 23, 2014

Always love trying new raw places. Cute restaurant/store that takes up two storefronts. There's a little takeout and product area when you immediately enter. Lots of different products including coconut oil, pre made foods, drinks, protein powder, books, etc. There's only a small seating area for eat-in dining. When I was there, the same girl who was working the main checkout counter was also... more

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4 star rating
O.K. but too expensive
June 14, 2014

Having been vegetarian for a long time I have been to many vegan and vegetarian restaurants. I have to say the prices are totally unreasonable. A BLT with a small salad, and a tip for $22?
I thought the food was fine, but I wasn't overly impressed with it overall.

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4 star rating
Delightful Food - great staff
March 17, 2014

We only had a short time for dinner here and the staff were very accommodating... making suggestions on food that would be ready quickly. Great service! Food was an adventure too.... how could you NOT get the OM burger!???? :)

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4 star rating
Excellent
March 04, 2014

Good service, happy people :) The restaurant is a bit small though. Excellent food; very tasty. Give it a try!!

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4 star rating
February 26, 2014

+ cute little place in old montreal, nice music, pleasant staff
- extremely expensive for what you get, salad wasn't fresh at all, hard to get there

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4 star rating
Overpriced
January 09, 2014

I like the concept of this place. I believe that a clean eating precedent needs to be more established in general and overall, however, I also believe that it should be affordable.
The vegan deserts are great and for those I will come back. When it comes to having a sit down meal with me, myself and I, or with... more

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4 star rating
A new vegan day has come
September 02, 2013

During our recent visit to Montreal, we had a wonderful lunch experience at Crudessence in Atwater Market. Everything on the menu is vegan and prepared to an exceptional standard. The staff were very informative, courteous and willing to answer our many questions about the various dishes on offer.....the ley lime pie (vegan, made with avocado?!) was particularly memorable.....we enjoyed the... more

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4 star rating
Fancy Vegan
August 13, 2013

Crudessence just turned vegan eating into healthy and fun eating. That was my first vegan meal experience and althoug I really enjoy eating meat I must confess I really enjoyed trying a vegan meal. Food is fresh and the combination of flavours is unique. An excelent experience! Fancy place to go by yourself our to go hang out with friends!... more

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4 star rating
Innovative raw vegan food
August 09, 2013

The menu is quite extensive, the elaboration of the meals was excellent, and the restaurant was characterized by a feel of bonhomie on each of the 4 times in 3 days that we ate here. The Balneaise, created for a summer Chef competition, was particularly spectacular, but the crepes, Om burger, and veg sushi are all superlative efforts. The ingredients... more

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4 star rating
Again & Again & Again
August 09, 2013

Our four day visit to Montreal had us eating three times at Crudessence. My wife is a vegetarian and I am a recovering omnivore with a predilection for vegetarianism.
Once was not enough at Crudessence. The food is fabulous --- fresh, attentively prepared and tantalizing to the taste buds. This is NOT your typical vegetarian restaurant --- a cut above... more

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4 star rating
Raw and Vegan - our family experiment
August 04, 2013

The food here is excellent, but you will have to park your ideas about what raw or vegan food is like. If you expect things to look, feel and taste like meat then don't go here, if you want them to taste amazing, be beautifully presented and have a great nutritional profile then try Crudessence. The pancakes, wraps and salads... more

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4 star rating
Delicious vegan food
July 31, 2013

I have one of the Crudessence cookbooks, so I was excited to go to this restaurant while visiting Montreal. In fact, I told friends who live there that I was going there and they could join us or meet us afterwards (I was not negotiating on this despite their repeated attempts).
The food did not disappoint. My dining partner and... more

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4 star rating
pricey delicious health food
July 09, 2013

Their black and rustic crepes and bread are unique, and tasty. The dessert plate with many choices was great, smoothies and tea delicious, but the green energy shot is an acquired taste.

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4 star rating
June 13, 2013

Love this vegan/raw restaurant - great for a casual lunch or dinner! And the food is fantastic! Recommend the Om burger and the Warrior smoothie - was an amazing combination!

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4 star rating
Not sure if up to word of mouth
May 25, 2013

This place came highly recommended but I walked away feeling a bit disappointed. We ordered dessert and the portions were extremely small and expensive $17 for 2 slices. the cheese cake was really good, cut mint chocolate gateau just didn't quite taste right and was very stodgy. Staff I attentive and borderline rude at one point. Will give another try... more

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4 star rating
Exceeded my expectations
May 23, 2013

I found their book in a store local to me (14 hours away) and found it very interesting. A few months later we took a trip to Montreal area and happened to come across the Mackay restaurant while exploring the area. Just awesome. I am not vegan btw, avid lover of meat and most things not good for you. My... more

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4 star rating
Smooth-tacular
April 18, 2013

A very quaint place to grab a snack. Their smoothies are delicious (I tried and liked the Macao one). You could go for a meal or grab a smoothie to go as you continue on to explore the city.

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4 star rating
both crudessence resturants are exquisite
April 06, 2013

we are a vegan family with a baby and a toddler.
we visited both their locations this year and had full meals with soup, salad, main dish, desert and a drink, with tips and taxes close to $100, so not cheap at all.
but the variety and taste and quality of ingredients were just amazing. my toddler tried everything and... more

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4 star rating
Really didn't like it
March 22, 2013

First of, I am not a vegetarian or a vegan, but I still like trying that type of restaurant. I liked my drink (mojito with kombucha) and zucchini gaspacho, but that's about it. I didn't even ate all of my pizza. Pretty expensive for what you get (almost 85$ for 2). Also, the service was pretty slow and uneven. Maybe... more

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4 star rating
Good Introduction to raw food
March 16, 2013

I eat often at cruedesance and I think that they udjusted their menu for the new rawfoodists. Location on rue Rachel , give much smaller portions than on rue Mackey. I hope they would do something about, because we pay the same price but getting less. Many people noticed that. Desserts some times too fat, but taste is good. In... more

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4 star rating
Fun and filling
March 02, 2013

I have tried a few Raw food restaurants throughout Canada because I always find it's the safest bet for someone with Celiac Disease (or a gluten allergy) like myself. I have been to Crudessence as well as ordered take out at least half a dozen times in the last year and highly recommend it! I have also taken family and... more

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4 star rating
healthy, unique, tasty
February 28, 2013

In the world traveling I've done I have yet to find a restaurant like this - such a unique offering of foods, none of them cooked (read: no meat). Our group got a breakfast burrito, sushi and a pizza and all were flavorful and more than just veggies slapped on a plate. we also took wheatgrass shots, more out of... more

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4 star rating
Even Pleases meat lovers
February 11, 2013

All the items our group ordered were amazing.
The service for us was quite slow as was the actual food getting to us after our order was place. The restaurant was 1/2 empty so i had thought things would have been cared for in a more timely manner.

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4 star rating
Delicious raw food
January 22, 2013

Great place to dine in Montreal, raw food and vegan.warm and cosy environment....I wanted to go back for dinner after eating lunch here... It was winter and snowing... But it seems there is outdoor eating there in the summer time.... more

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4 star rating
Good experience
January 22, 2013

Loved their Oomburger!...Loved the concept of raw food....and I was surprised cause you feel full very quickly. Everything was delicious. Good food for the body and soul...!

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4 star rating
An interesting experience
January 05, 2013

I was eager to try out this restaurant, albeit a little bit unsure if I'd like it. I was honestly blown away. This is a raw vegan restaurant, so don't expect any meat or anything to be cooked. It was a really great experience, the food and atmosphere is amazing, the servers are more than helpful, but it is quite... more

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4 star rating
Very surprising and healthy food
December 18, 2012

Raw organic dished. I ate a Omburger which was excellent. The dessert are surprising. Everything seems to be homemade and is delicious.

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4 star rating
Our first raw food experience - loved it
November 23, 2012

The food is amazing - so fresh and tasty and you can almost feel it's healthiness as you eat! We had never had a full raw food meal before and had some niggling concerns about whether it would all just be glorified salads but it far exceeded our expectations. The menu has a wide range of options, and is clearly... more

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4 star rating
amazingly delicious
October 27, 2012

I was very interested in visiting Crudessence because of their really great promotion and presentation, and was actually surprised to see how tiny the place was. The service was really great, we were helped in both French and English to make ideal selections, the food was amazingly delicious and of course very healthy. Only drawback is the prices, for a... more

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4 star rating
Warm and peaceful venue with amazing food
October 22, 2012

I was at Crudessence last week with my girl friend. We had a smoothie, a soup, a wrap and dessert.
All were excellent and delicious.
It was a cozy small venue with stools on both sides as you entered which led into a small room with about six
table for two each or maybe one or two more at a... more

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4 star rating
Incredible RAW Cuisine
September 26, 2012

As a Vegan who travels frequently for destination marathons, I am always on the look out for hidden gems. Crudessence should be on the "must try" list for those visiting Montreal.
Having made some of their recipes (featured in Brendan Brazier's "Whole Foods to Thrive" book) at home, I was anxious eat in person. While not "cheap" like other vegetarian/vegan... more

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4 star rating
Incredible
September 26, 2012

I took my vegan friend to the Rachel location for brunch on Sunday, and ended up being more visibly in-love with the place than he was! (I'm an omnivore) I was still thinking about my meal 3 hours later, and feeling incredibly happy!
You pay for the food here: Not the fancy decor, and all the trappings associated with going... more

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4 star rating
September 04, 2012

I don't mean to compare but this place gives Aux Vivres a run for it's money. I think that their food is so much more flavorful and inventive, but their desserts are lacking. Their nachos and their tuna wrap was to die for. For those who believe that healthy food cannot be delicious. Eat your words fools! This place totally disproves that silly idea.

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4 star rating
gives raw cuisine a GREAT name
August 25, 2012

wonderful healthy food, tasty, and overall delightful. I've introduced people to raw cuisine here several times, and each time was delicious.

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4 star rating
Excellent Raw, Vegan Restaurant - Great Even for Non-Vegans
August 24, 2012

Neither my boyfriend nor I are vegan or vegetarian, and we absolutely loved this place. It doesn't look like much from the outside, if you can even find it (the sign is tiny!). But boy was it delicious. We sat on the outside porch and enjoyed a long lunch: the nacho appetizer, two entrees, and dessert. We normally don't eat... more

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4 star rating
August 04, 2012

Very unique place and a good find for gluten-free. I'm not into the whole vegan/raw food thing, but found the food inticing and delicious (I tried the avocado key lime pie and a blondie). It had a nice ambience, too.

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4 star rating
Unbelievable
August 01, 2012

The food is all vegan, all gluten-free, and all delicious! Not for those with severe nut allergies, since the "cheeses", "ice cream" and "yogurt" are all made from nuts. I'm a vegan who doesn't really like vegetables (I prefer starch!) but I was wowed by the incredible flavors of this fresh, delicious food. If vegetables always tasted this good, I... more

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4 star rating
July 11, 2012

This must be my month of hitting up all the Vegan places! Truthfully speaking, I had zero idea that I was going to end up here tonight, and I came for a smoothie, and ended up trying their raw chocolate and key lime pie. I could pretend I don't know what happened but I was so intrigued (yet not super hungry) that I had to ignore the stomach saying no more food this one time.

You see, I have... more

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4 star rating
Wonderful raw, fresh food
June 23, 2012

It was my first time eating completely raw and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a bit on the expensive side but the food was so delicious, I just had to buy their "cook" book!
A lot of the foods are very time consuming to make, but they are worth it. I was initially surprised to have a warm raw... more

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4 star rating
Unhappy vegan at crudessence
January 24, 2012

We went to try the crudessence on Mackay with a couple of friends and the same complaints came by in every mouth.
First of all, the majority of the portions where not generous enough, especially with the associated price.
I am a a small vegan woman and definitly need more to feel full. Even with a main dish and a... more

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4 star rating
Overpriced and bland for the palate
December 18, 2011

Cute hole in the wall with nice simple decor. The food presentation was interesting but nothing exciting...but the flies are a definite issue. I would never go back because all the tastes repeated themselves in different dishes and was not worth what we paid for!

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4 star rating
Fresh, artisanal, delicious
December 06, 2011

This was my first experience at a true raw-vegan restaurant. I had heard about Crudessence from several sources, but only recently decided to give it a try after a hard workout motivated a healthier restaurant choice. To start, I had the kombucha mojito and orange smoothie (can't remember what it was called). I don't think I have had a more... more

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4 star rating
Lord of the Flies
November 12, 2011

Atmosphere:Hundreds (YES 100's) of FLIES made this by the most unsanitary dining experience I have ever had to suffer through outside of a third world country. FOOD: gorgeous tender sprouts could not save my 3 dishes all composed of same ingredients, arranged differently, uninspired flavors and bland spices. BTW I was told not to worry because the flies breed on... more

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4 star rating
Just because I'm a vegetarian, doesn't mean I don't have an appetite
October 28, 2011

Though the food wasn't bad, it was a little pricey for what was on my plate and nowhere near enough to satisfy me... $10 for maybe 10 nachos that were tasty but so thin they broke when I tried to dip them in the two tablespoons of extremely oniony guacamole that came with them. $11.50 for what was called a... more

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4 star rating
Disappointed
October 09, 2011

First of all, sorry for my English which is not perfect.
I had big expectations about Crudessence as I'm a new adept of raw and vegan food. I suffer of celiac disease symptoms and this food is the only one that makes me feel better. Indeed, my disease doesn't allow me to eat whatever I want.
I tried other restaurants... more

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4 star rating
Interesting experience, a bit pricey, service lacks
September 14, 2011

My boyfriend and I tried this place after finding it on a global vegan/vegetarian restaurant website. We went for the location on rue Rachel Ouest. It was a little out of the way, not super well-lit on the outside (we went at night), and we even thought that the location might have closed because we didn't see it at first.... more

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4 star rating
Poor Service, Amazing Dessert
September 14, 2011

This was my first time eating at a raw food restaurant. I'm an omnivore, but was more than happy to join my vegan dinner companion for a raw food dinner. We went to the one on Rachel, and upon entering, were ignored for several minutes by three employees behind the counter who had ALL seen us standing there but turned... more

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4 star rating
Amazing, inventive and tasty
August 21, 2011

We just stumbled upon this delight of a restaurant by accident and were thoroughly impressed. My meat eating fiance was totally won over by their inventive and delicious take on raw foods. If you are at all considering checking this out, go there immediately! We spent five days trying out all the different sides of food in Montreal and this... more

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4 star rating
Delightful and insightful raw, vegan food
July 17, 2011

We tried the new one on McKay for lunch and dinner as Montreal is pretty far behind other cities with vegan or vegetarian fare.
We tried the öm burger which is not much like a burger but has a delicious taste and textured from a fresh raw ingredients. Add the nut cheese which has a delightful flavor. The sushi was... more

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4 star rating
This restaurant is like an oasis in the desert
July 17, 2011

We were so lucky to stumble across this rare gem that we ate there every evening we had left before we had to leave. 2157 rue Mackay is the newest location right downtown. 514-664/5188.
The staff is knowledgeable. The Om Burger was phenomenal as was the Caesar salad. Another time we had the sushi & crepes.
Bring a healthy vegan... more

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4 star rating
June 04, 2011

Raw foodists can rejoice! Crudessence is the first living food restaurant in Quebec. It sacrifices nothing to make delicious, innovative, gluten-free meals using completely local and organic (or 'biologique' as it's called in Montréal) ingredients.

The lasagne, (which uses slices of zucchini, and Brazil nut 'parmesan cheese'), is so good it rivals some of the best traditional pasta-based... more

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4 star rating
April 19, 2011

The best food. Loved everything. The lasagna amazing, the pasta amazing, the burgers amazing. Everything was wonderful and surprisingly filling. The chapati is amazing, I am an addict. Wonderful restaurant. And the kombucha amazing, and teas great too. Don't forget the desserts. Amazing.

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4 star rating
January 19, 2011

I visited this place in Montreal over a weekend. It's a nice little restaurant tucked away on Rue Rachel that has a somewhat rustic feel to it.

The menu is entirely raw and vegan, offering items like sandwiches, salads, soups, pasta dishes, and smoothies. I ordered an appetizer as I was just there for a snack, so I ordered their version of nachos with guacamole, salsa, and sour cream (called... more

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4 star rating
December 27, 2010

What a cute little place. That's all I remember. The food was OK. They don't have coffee. I was there for brunch. Ya.

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4 star rating
I'm a raw foodist and can't find much to eat here
July 15, 2010

Crudessence is a VERY typical raw food restaurant. Offering nothing overtly great or different than any other raw restaurant in Canada or the US. Believe me, I've been to many.
It's probably catering to people who aren't raw foodists or even vegan because of the complicated fat laden menu items.
I've eaten here a few times but it's always been... more

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4 star rating
Vegan but tasty
June 18, 2010

We just had a small meal here (vegan sushi and a green salad w/ kombucho tea) but it gave us a good impression of the place. I'd surely go here again for a full meal. They also sell books about raw food (we picked up two to see if we can make it as good as they do!) as well... more

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4 star rating
tasty but fatty
May 06, 2010

The food there is definitely tasty, but also extremely fatty. Just about everything there is made out of nuts and sweetened with agave nectar, which is possibly worse for your health than corn syrup. The food might be tasty, but healthy? I don't think so. It's just another business trying to make it.
Now that the masses are starting to... more

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4 star rating
My new favourite! Small
September 16, 2009

My new favourite! Small place, but great food.

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