A couple of years ago, I sought out Omar's Rawtopia and it was the best restaurant I found in Salt Lake City. This year was no different. I flew into Salt Lake City airport and told my friend we were heading straight to Omar's Rawtopia!
It was about 11 a.m. on a Saturday. Just like the last time I dined here, it was very quiet. We had our choice of seats so we sat near the window of course. I remembered from the last time that they use honey in a lot of their drinks so I started with a bottle of kombucha. Always yummy.
Neither of us were super hungry and even though I felt drawn to the amazing "bean burrito," I decided to forego that for a similar, but different dish of the Bean Burrito Salad. All the food is raw here, which means it isn't heated above 118-degrees to keep the natural enzymes intact. It's been a while since I've dined at a raw restaurant and I was excited for the experience. And when the huge salad arrived, I was elated. Over a mix of greens was tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, zucchini, and avocado topped with a beanless burrito made from sunflower seeds, tahini, and Mexican spices. This is because beans have to be cooked so "bean" is used as a way to describe the tasted, but not the ingredients. Topped with spices and fresh cilantro, this salad was probably the best salad I've had ever. And the most filling! The raw crackers they make there are also to die for. I decided not to share the cracker. Sorry, not sorry.
My friend just wanted something super light so he ordered the Tabouli Bite appetizer. Served on big pieces of lettuce was tabouli and avocado. The tabouli was made with parsley, tomatoes, red onions, scallions, hemp seeds, and mint, marinated in olive oil, lemon juice, and sea salt. It was as good as tabouli can get.
I was stuffed and ready to go when the server mentioned dessert. My friend decided we needed to try something. So, we went with a seasonal Pumpkin Pie. Made with a coconut crust and topped with a cashew cream, this pie was rich and so satisyfing.
So, again, another awesome visit to Omar's. The service was great, the prices expensive, but appropriate given the ingredients used, and the dining room simple. I was excited to hear that they are moving to a bigger location soon and expanding the menu to include some cooked items. I can't wait to come back for more. And, best of all is that "love" is included in every meal. :-) Highly recommended.
December 10, 2014
2148 Highland Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84106