|Most of life’s great moments are first lived through our own eager anticipation.
When we’re forced to wait for something we long for, we find ways to play it out in our minds and build our expectations for what will be.
Often that build up leads to utter disappointment when you finally get a copy of that new book, buy a ticket to that blockbuster film, or take that first bite at a new restaurant. But, when the experience lives up to all you have imagined it makes for a truly spectacular and memorable moment.
Yesterday, Belmonte Raw finally opened. After one meal, I can truly say, the wait was worth it.
Belmonte Raw has long existed as a delivery service for lunches and juice cleanses in Toronto. The rave reviews from dedicated customers and increasing demand for Carol’s healthful, delicious fare led her to search out a storefront. Now, after months of building and beautifying, Belmonte Raw is a cozy cafe in the heart of Leslieville.
The thoughtfully edited menu provides selections of juices, smoothies, elixirs, salads, wraps and desserts. The options will change regularly to highlight the foods and flavours of the seasons.
With just a week to go before I leave the country for three months, I was excited to find time to fit in a lunch visit with Dani and Ashley. We admired the modern decor, the stunning artwork and the enticing entrees.
While we sat around sipping our juices and chatting about how dazzled we were by the delightful combinations, our mains arrived. Dani ordered the Sun Burger and Fries. She raved about the jicama fries, the walnut and sunflower patty and the tomato aioli.
I was envious until I looked at the beautiful bowl set down in front of me. The Beet Slaw with Sesame Nuggetswas full of fresh flavours, a great blend of textures and the subtle spiciness I love, provided by a healthy dose of ginger.
Belmonte Raw offers something that is often very hard to find at a restaurant, carefully selected ingredients, refined recipes and attention to the health and wellness of every patron.
The menu is consciously crafted to deliver on flavour, pleasure and nutrients, but not weigh you down with rich nut-based dishes and difficult to digest superfoods. I left feeling full of energy and awe.