Raves for raw

Ecopolitan offers up one of the most unique dining experiences in town.

The menu is devoted to raw vegan cuisine. For someone who was a fast food junkie not that long ago, I was a little apprehensive before my recent visit.

I ordered takeout — an Eco-Green Sweetie smoothie, slice of lasagna and an “uncookie.” In a truly eco-friendly fashion, an employee at the restaurant asked me if I had my own containers. I did not so they packaged my lasagna in a biodegradable to-go container and the smoothie in a glass jar.

The smoothie — a blend of coconut, spinach, macadamia nuts, dates and vanilla — was very delicious, but incredibly rich. I poured it into a smaller glass at home and figured I could get at least three servings out of it.

The Ecopolitan lasagna tasted a lot like your typical slice of lasagna even though it wasn’t baked. It was very hearty and made up of tomato sauce, lots of vegetables and cashew cheese, which reminded me of ricotta cheese.

The “uncookie” was a sweet blend of pistachios, cashews, cardamom, cinnamon, orange zest, dates and vanilla. The recipe for the dessert changes each day.

Now I’m eager to go back and try other items on the menu. There are all kinds of creative drinks and dishes, including several types of pizza served on buckwheat-herb crusts, burritos and apple-flaxseed pancakes.  

Ecopolitan, which was founded by Dr. Adiel Tel-Oren, a holistic scientist, is much more than a restaurant, too. It’s a clearinghouse of sorts for health/wellness information and a destination for a range of health services, including massage, Chinese medicine, nutritional and functional medicine, among other things.

It boasts an oxygen bar, Eco Shop, which sells a number of raw foods and health products; an Eco-Spa where you can get a steam wrap, facial and other beauty services; and Eco-Stay, room rentals for out-of-town visitors. At ecopolitan.com, you can sign up for a newsletter and get a free seven-day meal planner.


2409 Lyndale Ave. S.