Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Present Moment Cafe

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.
Goofballs!
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?!


15 comments:

kelli said...

two words - RAW HEAVEN!!!

TheFitnessFreak said...

OMG!!! I want to go there now! This is torturous! Why oh why don't I have restaurants like that here?

cookingforaveganlover said...

wow everything looks amazing!

Courtney Pool said...

Wow this place says ABUNDANCE! Even at some other raw restaurants they have such teeny helpings on a plain white plate.. love the looks of this! The Nacho platter looks the best to me!!

Debra said...

It all looks sooo good!
Debra @ Vegan Family Style

Carrie said...

I want those Mango Wraps and the Lobster Bisque! Once you re-create the bisque, please try to post that one :) Yum, yum, yum!

Anonymous said...

OH, THE AGONY of not living closer to this restaurant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:)

Thanks for posting such sensational pics.

Cheers!
-Grace

ajgallion said...

Wow -- I've been searching around for a recipe collection of enticing raw foods as I'd love to try my hand. The mango samosas look delish! The thing is I'm a mom of two and a teacher and I can't find like a 30-minute raw veggie cookbook. You have inspired me to go to a raw restaurant. I know there are a couple in NYC! Nice pics.

astrorainfall said...

There are raw restaurants and there are raw restaurants but this one looks fabulous! I did a tour of raw places in NYC and SF and I must say that few rise beyond the usual stuff slapped onto flax crackers and big salads.

The raw samosas sound divine....

bitt said...

can it be called gluttony if it's all raw??? looks amazing.

Colleen/veggie85 said...

I'll have to try that place if I ever go to Florida!

Donna said...

OMG, why do I have to torture myself looking at all this amazing raw food when I'm hungry? I seem to do it every time. It looks so delicious and inspiring! The nachos were especially impressive. How did you eat so much raw food? I find raw food is so much more filling and satisfying (because it's so much more nutritious I think) and I can't eat nearly as much of it as I could cooked food. I think I would have had trouble finishing any one of those beautiful dishes - except the salad, yum! I could eat a whole salad like that no problem.

Thanks for taking the photos and posting them. I love how raw foodies do that. I don't have any raw food restaurants near me, fortunately I'm a good chef and love making my own food. But I find it so valuable and inspiring when I run across articles like this, with a photo of the food, and listing the ingredients. It's pure inspiration for me to charge into the kitchen and start experimenting to create something similar. Does that make me a raw food restaurant voyeur?

Girl on Raw said...

I am soooooo totally jealous! All this food looks incredible :) Yeh not a good idea to look at it when I'm hungry right?

Michal said...

This looks like such a cute cafe. I want to try those raw nachos they look incredib.e!!

Lauren said...

Excellent photog skills in this post darling! You're getting good! <3