When I think of raw food, I think of fresh vegetable layers, ground nuts and soaked beans; the upscale Manhattan address and accompanying price tag. Never does soul food come to mind… and yet Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s new raw restaurant, Rockin’ Raw, fuses raw and soul food with great success! The first ever “live-vegan-raw-organic-peruvian-new-orleanian-creole-cuisine-with-soul-from-williamsburg-brooklyn-to-you” restaurant to be exact. It is about time my neighborhood upped its vegan ante!
Being used to substitutions and limitations, I am always a bit overwhelmed when faced with a totally vegan menu. To mull it all over, I needed a refreshing beverage. The watermelon cooler hit the spot. The cocktail had a big ginger bite and a subtle and soothing watermelon cool.
I finally selected the “Raw Boy” Sandwich to sample a bit of the restaurant’s Nawlin’s flare. The sandwich was hearty and made up of a sea vegetable patty, fresh veggies and a Cajun mayo. The “bread” made this dish and the tasty flax soul crackers on the side. I was totally impressed!
We also opted for a Rockin’ roll as a starter. This was a scrumptious medley of jicama, avocado and cauliflower wrapped in seaweed and served with a scrumptious horseradish sauce, wasabi, pickled ginger and cucumber. So good! And a suprisingly big portion!
For dessert, the raw peach cobbler… which tasted much better than it photographed.