I've had the great fortune of eating at yet another great raw restaurant lately. The Present Moment Cafe is nestled into the old and adorable water side city of St. Augustine, Florida. Let me say right off the hop - amazing food here!!! I have only good things to say about this place - in fact I have to say the food is up to par with Pure Food and Wine.
Once again, the best way to share the experience (besides actually giving you a taste of the food!), is with pichies. So here ya go...
Here's a shot of the cafe - an open, yet comfy space with lots of natural light.
I went with friends, Adam and Gary - we had such a fab time! We shared all the food... that way we could order more and try a bit of everything!
Upon arrival, Gary ordered The Universe Drink - cacao, maca, goji berry, banana smoothie. He let me have a sip... it was delish... but I had to save room for all the food I was about to consume! Side note, it looks like I have some thingy coming out the back of my head!
For starters, we ordered the Caesar Salad - topped with dulse, rosemary flax croutons, and pine nut parmesan. It was good!
We also had the Nacho Platter and my goodness! This was seriously amazing! Romaine lettuce topped with taco walnut pate, tomato salsa, cheese sauce, sour cream, sprouts, guacamole... with corn chips for dipping.
A side of Sea Veggie Salad - wakame, peppers, green onion, pumpkin seeds, in a delicious tamari, sesame, ginger vinaigrette.
The featured soup of the day was this Lobster Bisque - OK , I need to recreate this, if it's even possible. It was incredible beyond words! A thick, creamy soup base, filled with meaty chunks of lobster mushrooms, green onion, and red pepper. Seems simple enough ... as soon as I get my hands on these mushies, I'll give it a shot and report back with a recipe!
For the main, we enjoyed the dinner special: Mushroom Melange - a mixture of lobster mushrooms, portobello, and I think shiitake (or another)... marinated, and dehydrated with peas and red pepper, all in a delicious sauce that had tamari, ginger, garlic, lemon in it, served with an herbed parsnip nut rice, and salad. Wow!!! Another excellent dish!
Mango Samosas - Indian veggies in a mango coconut wrapper on a bed of spinach. These were excellent as well! It tasted like there was some sweet apricot in the sauce or something.
G-Man, taking a bite of samosa. Yum!
Dessert Sampler Platter! Naturally, we had to try it all - this was perfect!
Cacao brownie, chocolate torte with bananas in caramel sauce, berry medley with vanilla sauce, candied pecans, mango ice cream (which was the best thing ever and Im going to re-create it), vanilla ice cream, and mint ice cream with chocolate sauce. Insane or what?!