Thursday, June 25, 2009

Omar's Rawtopia

I've been so excited to share my first real raw food experience! Hubby's been out of town for the week, so my sister and I got together to hit the only raw food restaurant in town, or in Utah for that matter: Omar's. As you'll recall, I have tried cuisine from this place once before, but I wasn't down with the food choice, so I was super pumped to go and order what I thought would be interesting to try. My sweet sister agreed to share a few items with me, so we got:

Hummus Pizza ...

Hummus topped on pizza crust with veggies, avocado,
and seed cheese, and love

Falafel Bowl ...
Live tahini dressing over a bed of mixed greens, topped
with zucchini, tomatoes, onions, celery, olives, avocados,
our famous nut/seed falafel biscuits, and love.

Bean Burrito ...
Beans consist of a purée of Tahini and sunflower seeds mixed with Mexican herbs, and spices. Topped with macadamia nut sour cream, sprouts, and served wrapped in collard greens,
or with crackers, lettuce, cabbage, and love.

(This was a combo plate of the falafel and burrito)

Ginger Aid A lemonade blended with ginger, Goji berries, cayenne pepper, sea salt, and love.

Ok, first of all, the macadamia nut sour cream was the bomb. It was light, slightly lemony and majorly delicious. I asked our server what was in it and he said besides macadamia nuts, there was just Irish moss and spices. Of all the things we ate, it seriously stole the show!

The hummus pizza was the second best thing we ate, and sis and I both agreed that we would order this again, even though she likened it to "salad on a cracker."

Well, it kind of is....but I think that's the point.

Anyhoo, you can see that it was beautifully layered with tomatoes, red peppers, olives, avocado and sunflower sprouts. The hummus was made from almonds, instead of chickpeas, so it carried a more subtle flavor, not as smoky or thick as chickpea hummus. It didn't taste anything like pizza, but had it's own very unique flavors to enjoy.

The sunflower sprouts were definitely another yummy adventure. They tasted almost exactly like a sunflower seed, only fresher and more "green." I would highly recommend these for a nutty flavor addition to any salad.

I liked the bean burrito as well, but it was super messy to eat! I must need to hone my kale rolling technique!

I cared for the falafel bowl the least. The falafel was just tiny dry flakes on top of a salad with a creamy avaocado dressing. I didn't care for the dressing, and I thought the falafel flakes were very salty and cinlantro-y tasting, which is one of the few spices I absolutely do not like to experiment with!

Oh, and I loved the ginger lemonade too! It was super tart and spicy from the cayenne--it kind of reminded me of what that Master Cleanse stuff must taste like. I liked it anyway, but as a beverage only, not as a meal plan :)

It was kind of funny by the end of the meal, my sister and I each had little miscellaneous piles on our plates of things we had picked off our food (olives for her, avaocados for me)--we almost had enough to make another little raw entree of our own :)

All in all, I really enjoyed my "raw experience." The food was fresh and beautifully presented with obvious pride in the product. The food did take a while to come out, but I think that's all the more indicative that it is prepared to order and with "love," as the menu states. It was rather pricey, but I think it truly allowed a bite out of the raw lifestyle and an encouraging window for new experiments to come!


  1. ive been wanting to hit this spot up! thanks for the reviewwww