So I found myself in Coral Gables for a couple of nights last week. Thomas was working on the Univision awards show, Premios Juventud, and I got to do some vegan exploring around the city.
I had been planing to go somewhere else, but the headache/carsickness I encountered on my way down in rush hour traffic prevented me from doing so. This actualy worked out just fine because after searching for vegan places in the area, and found myself on La Vie en Raw’s website. Though their closing time said 7 pm, there was also a disclaimer to call for closing time, because sometimes they stay open until 10. It was 8 o’clock. The voice on the other end let me know she expected to stay open another hour, so I headed right over. It was about a 10 minute ride from where I was staying, near University of Miami. The parking was easy, and it was right on Calle Ocho (8th st) across from La Carreta!
What a wonderful little gem!
LVeR is a quaint little raw vegan restaurant with seating for 14. There were a few tables still dining, so I decided to have a seat. Local art adorns the walls, and the kitchen is all open, right in the center. There are two chefs, and I met Sabina Torrieri, who hails from Roma, which boded well for the gnocchi I ordered!
I was offered soup or salad as a starter, and chose the salad. It was very fresh and came very lightly dressed with a barely discernable carrot ginger dressing.
Then came the Gnocchi Della Nonna! Cashew gnocchi served on a bed of spinach and garnished with basil pesto, $14. This was more delicious than I could have imagined! It was really exquisite. I was so pleased with my choice.
I ordered dessert to go, a slice of raw chocolate pie $6. It seemed to be drizzled in agave, and topped with shredded coconut. It was good if you’re used to raw desserts, not overly sweet, and mostly nut based.
I also took a spinach “hummus” wrap to go for Thomas. I snuck a bite, and it was pretty good.
They also had some cacao kale chips, which she let me sample, and I took a bag a bag with me to work. Hah, they definitely got mixed reviews, but I liked them!
They haven’t put the new menu up on the website, so I’m including a pic here:
I had a really great experience here and they seem to have a nice rapport with the locals too. If I lived closer it would definitely be a regular spot to frequent. La Vie en Raw is open Monday through Saturday (call for hours), and located at 3808 SW 8th Street, Coral Gables, Florida, 33134. 305.444.3826.