Thursday, September 27, 2012

Going Vegan @ Raw Cafe Ampang

Raw Cafe launched a new menu this month, introducing a nice range of mostly vegan recipes that make this a standout stop for nutritious lunches.

When the cafe opened last year, its sandwiches were simple, stuffed with mushrooms and tomatoes. Now, customers can savor slices of organic granary bread thickly slathered with coriander hummus, garlic-roasted veggies and toasted seeds (RM15).
Earlier entry on RAW Cafe: February 9, 2011.

Gluten-free penne, with spinach, basil pesto sauce, extra virgin olive oil and sweet peas (RM18). Tastes kinda like a Hakka 'lei cha' interpretation of pasta.

Potato rosti pancake, warm and comfortingly soft, topped with a dreamy-creamy sauce of cashews, thyme-infused mushrooms, soy and lemon sauce (RM13). Raw's offerings supply minimal-guilt carbs that'll help folks power through their workday.

Multi-grain toastie with bananas and a house-made spread of raw hazelnuts and soy (RM7). Potentially an acquired taste; its relatively coarse texture and not exactly crowd-pleasing taste make this less accessibly flavorful compared to, say, a peanut butter toastie.

Savory and sweet muffins (RM7) are available; the former is a blend of organic wholemeal and white flour, spinach and non-dairy cheese, while the latter comes with cranberries, toasted oats and pumpkin seeds.

All this might be a prelude to more: Raw's plans to start a full restaurant have been percolating for nearly two years, but it might be achingly close to becoming a reality.

And of course, Raw has become famous in KL for its coffee. Aeropress and syphon versions should be offered here within the very near future.

Wrap up the meal with something sweet: cookies-and-cream ice cream affogato or crepes topped with apples, pecans and chai-spiced syrup (we'll be back for that!).

Real and Wholesome (RAW) Cafe,
Wisma Equity, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
Mon-Fri, 730am-730pm; Sat 9am-6pm.
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29 comments:

  1. Yippee...I have a new menu to contend myself with:D Hopefully it will stop me from having my regular toasties and coffee only at RAW.

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, the new sandwich selection here has lotsa interesting ingredients, like tempeh. And this menu is expected to keep expanding in the weeks to come :D

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  2. is the ice cream vegan as well??? I had the best vegan ice cream the other day made from coconut milk!!!!!! surprisingly, there wasn't a hint of 'santan' taste- i had strawberry n green tea! :D

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    1. Vien: oh, they're planning to introduce vegan ice cream here soon (so far, it's not). i'm looking forward to the flavors! ooh, coconut milk sounds like it'd be a good base to make a 'nasi lemak' ice cream, heh :D

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    2. Actually, the chef (Day) has actually made a vegan (soy) ice cream packed with almonds. It's going on the menu soon (and on top of the crepes too)!!
      The ice cream for the Affogatos will stay as is (New Zealand Natural), due to the fact that we're unsure whether the vegan ice creams will blend so well with an espresso shot.

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    3. Jaui: thanks for the info on that! definitely looking forward to the ice cream :D

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    4. yummy!!! looking forward to the soy ice cream!!! :D

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    5. Vien: I'm counting the days/weeks to it! Heheh =)

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    6. I wonder whether they have started selling the vegan ice cream as mentioned by Jaui.

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  3. Shame on me, being coffee lover, I haven't been RAW Cafe yet. LOL :P

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    1. CK: quite easy to go from your office. maybe only five-minute drive. and it closes at 7:30pm on weekdays, so you have time to make it after work =)

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  4. I see the muffins flavors are quite special huh.
    I belief the coffee does taste good.

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    1. Melissa: yeah, and the muffins are packed with ingredients, lots of stuff in every bite :D the coffee's definitely a crowd-pleasing favorite =)

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  5. Yay! Another vegan store

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    1. Jessicat: hope you enjoy it! =)

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  6. Oh goodness me I want to go. I love interesting, healthy food, and Raw sounds like they really think outside the box. Good to have a break from grease once in a while :)

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, raw is definitely putting a lot of thought and effort into its food. here's hoping they'll inspire more similar cafes in the near future. i need a break from grease too after indulging in some unhealthy chicken burgers this week, heh! :D

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  7. Errr, can tell me what is non-dairy cheese? I'm intrigued.

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    1. Smitten By Food: ooh, from what i understand, non-dairy cheeses are mainly made from soy products =)

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    2. non-dairy cheese can be made from soy, but also from various nuts

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    3. Tiny Tapir: i'd like to try a nutty non-dairy cheese. i think living food bistro also has non-dairy cheese :D

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  8. This makes healthy food look almost tempting! If only they'll come up with vegan nasi lemak

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    1. Footfringe: vegan nasi lemak sounds doable! though yikes, i'd feel sad about sacrificing the hard-boiled egg (my favorite component of nasi lemak, heh) :D

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  9. OMG! Lovely! I adore such food. And i know for sure they have WIFI here :P
    Parking is an issue though..

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    1. TNG: oh yeah, i ended up parking at avenue k, which can feel like a long and messy walk to raw cafe. but i think it was worth it in the end, for the sake of this food, heh :D

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    2. there is parking at the rear, just tell the guards you are coming to the cafe, they will give a slip of paper you need to get stamped by the cafe staff. simple!

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    3. Day: thanks for the info! We actually tried to park at the building, but the guard wouldn't let us in and didn't inform us about the cafe-reserved parking. Will know better next time :D

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  10. ooohhh the coffee looks very good. almost could smell it from here, right now...

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    1. Eiling: aromatic and full-bodied (the words i like to use for coffee, heh) :D

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