Raisin' The Roof13 Jun 2016
Raisin’ The Roof joins the latest wave of ‘clean eating’ establishments mushrooming up around the Klang Valley, reflecting a growing demand for nutritious food among increasingly health-conscious diners. The cafe is in good company; foodies flock to Plaza Damansara for its assortment of chic restaurants and upscale eateries renowned for producing quality offerings.
The premises look as clean as the eating habits Raisin’ The Roof aims to espouse, white walls paired with pastel yellows and blues with light wood elements. The meatless, vegan-friendly menu is heavy on salads, sandwiches and wraps with a tempting assortment of sweets. Many options are dairy and gluten-free as well. It’s clearly meant as more of a brunch place, with closing hours marked at an early 6.30pm on the sign.
The Roasted Beet and Feta Cheese Toastie consists of generous slices of sweet purple beetroot, crunchy pine nuts, rocket leaves and caramelised onion all smothered in creamy feta cheese sit between crispy wholemeal bread. We recommend eating with the beetroot side down to avoid the cheese immediately overpowering the rest of the flavours.
I hone in immediately on the Brown Rice Sushi Bowl, which is aptly described as ‘deconstructed sushi’. Edamame beans, toasted seaweed, sauteed spinach, avocado, pomegranate seeds and optional boiled egg and mushrooms on brown rice are crowned with a drizzle of sweet soy sauce - the flavours mesh well together for a light yet wholesome dish that’s just filling enough.
Now fairly full, we still manage to leave room for the Chocolate and Banana Crumble for dessert. Served warm, the combination of soft vanilla bean-glazed bananas, melted dark chocolate chips, rolled oats and almond crumble topped with coconut ‘Nice’ Cream (dairy and gluten-free ice cream) is just a little too sweet for me, but otherwise has a great flavour profile.
It wouldn’t be a healthy eating restaurant without the customary cold-pressed juices, and my pineapple-apple-starfruit-mint Power Punch lives up to its name, giving us a fruity sugar rush. The calmer Skinny Dip, with coconut water, pandan, lemongrass and chia seeds does its job as a thirst-quencher well.
Ultimately, we leave satisfied and feeling like we’ve just given our bodies some well-deserved ‘clean’ fuel to run on. ‘Welcome to a modern way of eating’, says Raisin’ The Roof, and if this is the culinary future then we are all for it.
Address:32, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Telephone: 03–7732 0235