We believe the Raw food world can be divided into two distinct camps- both of which have excellent representation in Santa Monica, California. The first group is focused on the lifestyle of raw and is expressed well by many restaurants; the second, spearheaded by Planet Raw, is a Culinary perspective.
At Planet Raw, the shakes were phenomenal. Hands down the best we’ve ever had. And add in an extra superlative for good measure! We started with Kreamy Electrolyte Lemonade (lemons, honey, ginger, Strawberries, & electrolytes). Then continued with the Vanilla Protein Shake (nut milk, sapote, ice, honey and Juliano’s protein powder which consists of pumpkin & hemp seeds, super enzymes, maca, spirulina, blue & crystal mana, mesquite, tocos, sprouted buckwheat, bee pollen, bio culture, and silica). And then for dessert, the blueberry instant cleanse with blueberries, goji berries, maca, bee pollen and we added bio culture (lactobacillus microorganisms of L. salivary, & l. Plantarum). All the shakes we tried were topped with granola and were just really special!
The Tahini Salad was full of tomatoes, seaweed, buckwheat sprouts, avocado, leafy greens, and was topped with an excellent tahini dressing.
The Cheezy Pasta is made with kelp noodles; a nice change from the omnipresent zucchini strings- and much more comforting. Combining excellently with the nut cheese sauce the dish was a true delight. We followed the recommendation from our lovely waitress and ordered the side of marinated mushrooms to mix in. Bliss, just bliss!
Everyone working at Planet Raw shown with the light of health. No gray wasted vegans here, only sun-filled smiles and hearts. Having been tooling around the health food world for a while, it is easy to see places where the staff is under-nourished. Here the food gave them all the joy and happiness that you want to tap into. Our waitress showed with an interior sun that made us delve into the menu!
Juliano Brotman has created a truly delicious oasis of texture and flavors. He has also authored Raw: The Uncook Book and The Complete Book of Raw Food; currently he is in the process of publishing a third.
In retrospective, the food was so good at Planet Raw that it helped us make the decision to return to LA- a trip that was worth it just for another of the Kreamy Electrolyte Lemonades :)
Organic Raw Food Restaurant
(1) 310 – 587 1552
609 Broadway (@ 6th St. corner)
Santa Monica, California 90401