Loyal long-time followers will know that Cafe Gratitude is my number one favorite restaurant of all time. It just has everything you would ever want: raw foods, salads, breakfast foods, pastries, smoothies, juices, desserts, pizza, Mexican-inspired food, pasta, Asian-based meals, sandwiches, sharing plates, burgers, soup, and adult beverages, all from healthy plant-based ingredients! What more could you ask for?
Problem is, Cafe Gratitude is quite far away from where I live, and not often am I willing to drive through mad traffic. Whenever I just a menu that is similar to Cafe Gratitude but takes half the time to access, then I turn to SunCafe Organic.
Walking to the entrance, you’ll find a lovely garden of vine-ripe tomatoes across the wall of the extensive outdoor patio. The atmosphere is incredibly fresh, relaxing, and comfortable yet intimate enough for you and any company to have enough privacy. The patio is even more beautiful when the sun is shining!
All of the servers are incredibly nice, accommodating, and polite. Whenever I visit, I never encounter bad service! However, whenever I generally do come here, I always experience a major sense of anticipation. You will see why soon!
Ah, food. Surprised? I’m sure you weren’t, because the actual dishes served at any restaurant are the most important features! Anyhow, SunCafe Organic is a completely vegan place that uses no animal products whatsoever. Brunch is served on Sundays from 10:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M., and I highly recommend you order from it! Unlike Cafe Gratitude, SunCafe Organic has its own separate seasonal menu from its general menu, whereas Cafe Gratitude’s seasonal dishes change from time to time along with its ingredients. Of course, SunCafe has its own dessert and happy hour menus.
Some amazing meals are their Super Sun nachos (which can also be served on raw jicama chips), a mac n’ cheese skillet, a taco trio, tempeh burgers and portobello sandwiches, raw lasagna, a teriyaki vegetable stir-fry, two varieties of pizza (Margherita and pesto), a kale Caesar salad, and a bunch of smoothies and juices. Exclusive dishes you may find on their brunch menu would be whole wheat French toast, buckwheat and cornmeal pancakes, a tofu vegetable omelet, a fresh fruit parfait, a vegan Benedict, and two types of Belgian waffles. Desserts include mud pie, raw almond butter cheesecake, raw cookie dough cheesecake, and a wide selection of mini cupcakes!
Personally, my favorites are their Margherita pizza on their gluten free crust, their kale Caesar salad, and their raw almond butter cheesecake!
Just look at that Margherita pizza….it’s topped with basil, vegan cashew cheese, marinara, smoked sea salt, pepper, and a little olive oil. I added extra basil though!
Here’s my sweaty face chomping away!
Kale….I genuinely believe that most people have no opinion on it. I prefer kale in salads and stir-fries than I do in smoothies. One salad that I absolutely despise–even before going vegan–is Caesar salad. To me, the dressing was too heavy, the cheese tasted gross on the lettuce, and the overall combination just never did it for me. This salad proved me wrong though!
Though the tempeh patty wrapped in Romaine was absolutely incredible, the real star of the show was the side salad. The kale was so perfectly massaged in a clean and flavorful dressing that resembled that of Caesar dressing (but way better), and was topped off with some Sunchorizo, tomatoes, and thick tahini. If you want to enjoy kale salads, this salad will probably convert you into a kale lover!
How could I forget dessert? This is their cookie dough cheesecake, which is really rich! The crust was slightly crunchy and very nutty, whereas the top layer tastes like sweet chocolate goodness! Did you know the chocolate sauce is only made from cacao powder and agave? Isn’t that fabulous?
Behold, the almond butter cheesecake! Hands down, this is my favorite dessert! The almond butter layer is kind of mild, scantly salty, and tastes very much like straight-up almond butter, which hey, is my favorite food ever! The surface is garnished with coconut flakes, almonds, chocolate sauce, and a goji berry!
Underneath is a layer of pure chocolate heaven, and it’s a lot creamier and sweeter than the almond butter filling. I think the flavors balance out each other a lot more harmoniously than the cookie dough, which is really, REALLY sweet overall.
Try some with the chocolate sauce. You won’t regret it!
Most recently, I tried was the famous barbecue cauliflower appetizer! Though I don’t consider it a top favorite, I really love the sauce and the combination of sweetness and spiciness! I would have wanted the cauliflower to be a bit crispier and more roasted rather than just semi-raw. But it’s definitely worth trying if you want a simpler starter!
Delicious food, wholesome ingredients, a glorious atmosphere, friendly staff, and a really lovely location, there really is so much to love about this restaurant. Prices are reasonable (maybe not so much for appetizers) and the workers will accommodate what you like for the most part. I’ve had friends make their own smoothie combinations here!
SunCafe does not have any other locations aside from the one in Studio City, Los Angeles, California.
Aside from being one of my new favorites, SunCafe Organic is a must-recommend for fellow vegans and even non-vegans as well! There are so many options to choose from, so you won’t be disappointed at all! I highly recommend visiting this restaurant with some friends for an even better experience!