A 7-Course Raw Feast

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Earlier this week, I mentioned that I had an exciting dinner planned this weekend– a 7-course RAW dinner at Mooi!ย  While a 7-course raw meal is exciting enough, this dinner was extra special thanks to a visiting chef from Pure Food & Wine in NYC, Anne Lee, working along with executive chef of Mooi, Stephen Hauptfuhr. I’ve been chomping at the bit to try Pure Food & Wine, so this seemed like the closest I was going to get while here in Los Angeles!

Here was our menu for the evening:


I was so excited that it was an Italian-themed meal!! I love Italian food. I also loved Mooi’s eclectic decor! Every table was different, with an arrangement of unique chairs and dim lighting. (not great for food photography, but perfect for a date!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Our server started us off with glasses of cucumber-flavored water while we chatted away, and shortly later our first plate was served:

A duo of gazpacho, which was light and refreshing, served along with our second course– an antipasto salad with a green olive tapenade. The veggies were my favorite part of this plate! They were tender and marinated in some sort of tangy vinaigrette. I’m not a huge olive-fan, but I think olive lovers would have enjoyed the tapenade that was served along with them!

Our second plate was truly mind-blowing. The raw garlic bread was out of this world– moist and chewy, with a delightfully tangy, butter-like spread! I have no idea how they made this, but I’d eat it again and again! It was like REAL bread!! Equally as tasty was the mushroom caprese napoleon on a sun-dried tomato cracker. The cracker was perfect in texture– slightly crunchy and chewy, and bursting with flavor! The nut-cheese and marinated toppings were delicious, too! I would have been completely content with more of these two dishes as my whole dinner!

That is, before I tasted the raw lasagna…

Oh. My. Word. I had no idea raw lasagna could taste SO MUCH like the traditional version! This dish was served warm from the dehydrator– with a rich tomato sauce, a creamy macadamia “mozzarella,” spinach, and marinated mushrooms! I loved that the chefs used mushrooms instead of a nut-based meat. The mushrooms were meaty, without being heavy, and totally made the dish for me!! I practically licked my plate by the end.

At this point I was thinking, “Wait, we still get to eat more??Wahoo!!

Raw Fettuccine Alfredo! The sauce was rich and creamy, and I loved how the chefs used a mix of wide and thin zucchini noodles. The pine nuts added a nice crunch, too!

And up next? The course I always look forward to the most… dessert! ๐Ÿ˜€

We were served a slice of Chocolate Almond Zuccotto. There were three layers to this “cake”– a firm outer almond layer, a middle chocolate layer, and a soft, creamy middle that was absolutely delectable! My only complaint was that I wanted more of the tasty raspberry sauce! It was bright and perfectly sweetened! Again, I had to hold myself back from licking the plate.

All in all, this was a great dinner! Good company, good food, and all at an amazing price– only $25 for the 7-course meal!! (that’s a steal in the raw-food world!)

Needless to say, I’m already planning my next trip back to Mooi— I didn’t get a chance to taste their raw ice cream! We’re going to have to remedy that ASAP, don’t you think? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Reader Feedback: Have you ever eaten at a raw restaurant? What’s the best thing you ate this weekend? I’m still dreaming of eating that raw lasagna again!! YUM.

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Becki @ Hike, Bike, Eat

I’m going to a raw restaurant in Arizona in a few weeks! I’m so excited! And that is a MAJOR steal! That’s the price without a Groupon??


    Yes, that was without a Groupon! Can you believe it?? I hope they run specials like that more often! Maybe you can join us next time!!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

That just looks beyond good! may be worth a trip up to your neck of the woods one day to try it out! i have never been to a raw restaurant..of course would love to try pure or candle if ever in nyc but this looks amazing..and just 2 hrs away ๐Ÿ™‚


    Yes, this place is much closer than NYC! I’ll let you know when we plan another visit! ๐Ÿ˜€

Marlena Torres

Oh my word. That looks delicious, my version of heaven. Zuccoto is actually one of my favorite (pre detox) desserts and now I’m salivating looking at pictures of the raw version!
Pure Food and Wine is amazing. I haven’t been there in so long. I’m glad you got a chance to experience something close to it in LA.

Yes, you MUST try raw ice cream! My favorite thing about Pure is their ginger, gingerbread ice cream and their mint sundae. mmmmm


    Gingerbread ice cream and a mint sundae?? Oh, my! That sounds amazing!! I’m going to have to visit NYC soon, too!

Pure2raw twins

Oh my heavens…a dream dinner!! Everything looks amazing!!
Glad you had a great time!

grocery goddess jen

I ate at cafe gratitude a couple of years ago when I was out in California. I got a little overwhelmed by all the nut based stuff, but I would try it again, for sure. Looks like a fantastic night!


Holy bananas I just realised I’ve been gazing longingly at my computer screen for far too long…your pics of this meal has me totally mesmerized! That lasagne…the pasta..!!
Could someone in the States please convince one of these amazing raw chefs to visit Australia? Please??!

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

MMM! Color me jealous! Everything looks amazing!

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