So I went on a hike in Griffith Park with some friends a few weeks ago, and since I don’t get out that far east very often, I convinced my hiking buddies to try out a plant-based restaurant nearby. I had originally settled on Flore Vegan, but we couldn’t find it on the first pass and ended up stumbling on this place called Cru. I’d heard about it from some other blogs which had given it great reviews so we gave it a shot. It’s a tiny restaurant right on Sunset Blvd. near Sunset Junction and revolves around organic, locally-sourced fruits and vegetables. There’s a nice trend happening with vegan restaurants these days – a lot of them aren’t the crunchy, hippie, weird-smelling communes you’d imagine. Cru was no exception – without looking at the menu, you’d have no idea that it was a vegan place. We ordered almost half the menu (the menu isn’t very extensive) and I was really impressed with the inventiveness and quality of the dishes.
We ordered this kale salad to share first, and although it was really tasty, It’s definitely something anyone can easily make in their kitchen. Nevertheless, it’s nice to see a restaurant (and there are more and more of them that are doing this) put an enormous raw kale salad on the menu.
This is what I ordered – raw, asian-style rutabega noodles with a raw vegan nori hand roll. Light and refreshing, and the noodles had an incredible pasta-like consistency.
Quinoa Risotto. Creamy without the dairy.
Buckwheat pancakes. Unbelievably delicious.
Raw “pizza”. I only had one bite of this but it was delightful.
So if you’re in the Silverlake area, check out Cru, even if you eat meat. I think you’ll be suprised.