Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Raisin' The Roof @ Plaza Damansara

Raisin' The Roof hopes to raise the bar for KL's eat-clean scene, pitching a tasteful range of wholesome salads, sandwiches, wraps & desserts that match its motto 'Making Nutritious Delicious.' This cheery vegetarian cafe - with founders from Germany, Thailand & Singapore - could become a crowd favourite, featuring hearty meals with healthy ingredients at honourable prices.

Hits include the 'sushi bowl' (RM17.90+), a vegan's feast of brown rice blanketed with chunks of avocado, edamame, sauteed spinach, toasted seaweed & pomegranate seeds, dressed with sweet soy sauce - mix everything together for a satisfyingly flavoursome & surprisingly filling meal. For more pomegranate power, try the textured seeds-&-nuts 'toast' topped with lemon tahini spread, avocado slices & pomegranate molasses (RM18.90+), but remember to request a poached egg (RM2+) to complete the ensemble - it can otherwise be a bit dry. The toast comes with sweet potato fries & a mixed salad on the side.

Our favourite salad here comprises soft-baked, served-warm falafels, laced with pistachios & herbs, capably complemented by roasted beets, grated carrots, tabbouleh. house-made-hummus & mint yoghurt for a Middle Eastern-inspired delight (RM19.90+). The Asian salad tastes a little less memorable (though it's still enjoyable), defined by maple-glazed, pan-seared tempeh with rocket leaves, avocados, carrots, toasted seeds & a creamy miso dressing (RM19.90+). But if you're shirking salads, Raisin' The Roof's globe-trotting menu still has something for you, embracing a Mexican influence for its whole-meal tortilla, engorged with baked sweet potatoes, black beans, guacamole, rocket leaves & tomatoes, paired with a kitchen-made chilli sauce with a spicy sting (RM22.90+) - it feels like a carb-loaded indulgence, albeit with a considerably lower guilt factor.

Desserts also verge much closer to virtue than vice - our best bet is probably the pecan pie, with a distinctive, dairy-free filling of purple potato paste (RM11.90+), though the gluten-free chocolate lava cake could also become a hot seller, offered with a choice of molten strawberry chia jam, peanut butter or matcha paste at its centre, plus an option of natural ice cream (in daily-changing flavours like banana) that's reputedly free of vegetable fat, refined sugar & all things artificial (RM15.90+ for the cake, RM4+ for the 'nice cream'). Other temptations include raw key lime cheesecakes, orange chocolate cakes, & dense, chewy 'bliss balls' in signature varieties like cranberry, fig & chia seeds, or lemon, coconut & cashew (RM5 per energy-fuelling truffle).

And the drinks? Also designed to be rejuvenating - the jackfruit milkshake conveys the unmistakable flavour of nangka, mingling with almond milk, cashews & agave syrup (RM14.90+). The 'moo-less' nut milk selection includes raw, cold-pressed combos like pistachios with rose water, dates & sea salt (RM19.90+) or almonds with water, turmeric & honey (RM14.90+).

Raisin' The Roof Cafe @ Bukit Damansara
61, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Plaza Damansara, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur. Tues-Fri. 8am-6.30pm; Sat-Sun. 9am-630pm. Closed Mondays. Tel: +603-2011-5313

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15 comments:

  1. Everything look colorful ;) I didn't know that healthy can be so vibrant!!! Hmm... But no meat :) perhaps I should eat healthily once in a while

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    1. Leo: yeah, my companion was also initially hesitant because of the lack of meat ... but in the end, i think we enjoyed this meal because it made great use of a good range of leaves, seeds, nuts, roots, etc :D too bad there was no wine though, heh :)

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  2. Love the cushions! Look so comfortable...but come to think of it, maybe I would not be hugging them...as I would not know how many other people have been doing that before me. LOL!!!

    Interesting stuff, they serve here. Don't see no raisins though?

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, i was kicking back on those cushions for most of the afternoon ... they were comfy! and they still felt clean and new, heh :) you're right, no raisins at all (so far! ) :D

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  3. I love their name and their sign, and the cushions are lovely! The dishes look attractive and healthy and the presentations are wonderful! :)

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    1. Linda: i definitely wouldn't mind having those cushions at home! and yup, their name is cool and catchy, and i couldn't resist photographing the sign :) i agree with you about the dishes! :)

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  4. Maybe this could be a salad that I can attempt to eat since it looks so attractively colourful? :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: heh, i think most customers would enjoy the falafel salad, since the ingredients offer a substantial, hearty bite, and you get a variety of flavours and textures in the salad :)

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  5. Yay for healthy choices. I want to try everything.

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    1. The Yum List: i empathise ... we wanted to order everything on the menu too! :)

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  6. Perfect place for the health-conscious. I'd love to try that purple potato tart

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    1. Ken: i wasn't sure about that tart at first, but it was nice ... quite a creamy filling! :)

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    2. That one is actually a purple pecan pie..It was my favorite there! I love the crunchiness of the walnut :D

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  7. food (pomegranate) + brown rice doesn't seem right for me =.="

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, it adds a nice crunch when accompanied with the other ingredients :)

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