(US/ca) Jonathan Gold | Restaurant review: On the M.A.K.E. for raw vegan cuisine
- The textures and flavors are familiar at Matthew Kenney's Santa Monica
restaurant, but is it enough to convince a hard-core carnivore to switch
sides? Probably not, but it might make him reconsider.
If you are the kind of diner who gets hung up on first impressions,
M.A.K.E., Matthew Kenney's raw-vegan restaurant in Santa Monica Place, may
not be for you. It is not just on the dining deck but actually in the
mall's food court, so to get to it you have to pass by any number of gadget
shops and cheese counters. Its open-walled design makes it difficult to
figure out where the food court ends and the dining room begins.
If you are new to the nut pastes, purées and dehydrated flatbreads of the
raw-food thing, you will probably get distracted by the menu board of the
restaurant right across the way, whose promises of buttermilk fried
chicken, blue cheese burgers and fried dill pickles can look pretty good
when you are considering a plate of substances that could probably be used
as spackle in a pinch. If you have brought a child with you, there will be
wails of anguish when he discovers that the "taco" you promised him is in
fact nothing at all like a taco, and he may compare the za'tar flatbreads
that come with the hummus to the crackers you buy to feed the baby goats at
A newbie vegan asks: Should you fake your steak?
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