Rawtopia introduced Salt Lake City to raw vegan food back in 2005. The elaborate menu boasted a variety of fresh, organic and sustainable dishes and beverages. Everything from smoothies to savory entrées to decadent desserts were created using raw, plant-based and gluten-free ingredients. Since there’s a lot of dehydrating and sprouting in raw vegan fare, many dishes required two days to prepare. To preserve nutrients and enzymes, low temperatures are used in preparing food. After dining at Omar’s Rawtopia, you left feeling good.
In summer 2017, Rawtopia moved from its original Sugar House location to a spacious, cool space in Millcreek. The stark white walls, super-tall ceilings and colorful artwork create a cozy, modern ambiance with ample seating, natural light and a friendly, casual vibe. The restaurant’s large front window offers impressive valley views—watching a sunset here is breathtaking. Servers happily explain the menu (which includes the new Asian salad (see p. 22, $18) and answer any questions.
Simply put: It’s feel-good food in a brand-new space. Chef and owner Omar Abou-Ismail has brought along his beloved menu and added a few cooked macrobiotic options that include hearty soups and vegetable dishes. There’s a buffalo burger ($20), made with organic grass-fed bison as well as entrées featuring wild Alaskan salmon. There’s more welcome news, too: Wine (organic and vegan, naturally), local beer and cider are now available. There’s something for everyone, even for those who don’t think raw vegan food would satisfy them.
Of course, it just wouldn’t be Rawtopia without its classic dishes such as the pizza ($17). The buckwheat crust is thick, crunchy and so satisfying. It’s topped with greens dressed in a flavorful marinara sauce, basil pesto and chunks of avocado and flavorful black olives. A generous dusting of housemade seed cheese adds a unique, crunchy texture and a cheesy, pizza flavor.
The seaweed roll ($16) is another favorite. Wonderfully crunchy ground macadamia nuts replace the rice, and the rolls are stuffed with avocado, carrots and other tasty veggies and served with a rich dipping sauce—try the sweet-and-savory almond curry sauce. Add plantains or greens for an extra $2 to make the dish more filling.
Rawtopia’s desserts are still mind-bogglingly delicious. Years ago, the berry cheesecake ($8) changed my perception of what raw food means. It’s creamy, tangy and sweet—all without dairy or processed sugar. Or heat. Baked goods are popping up, too, which has my mouth watering.
With the menu update, new space and the continued commitment to serving healthy, organic, gluten-free food, there’re even more reasons to experience Rawtopia.
3961 S. Wasatch Blvd., Millcreek