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Rawmbas offers fresh choices

Rawmbas owner Biff Bartlett and Diana Marchand, chef, say the Rawmba-za pizza is a popular item with customers. It features a sprouted buckwheat crust and is stacked with nut cheese, roasted veggies, basil and olives and topped off with the restaurant’s creamy ranch sauce.  - The News Bulletin
Rawmbas owner Biff Bartlett and Diana Marchand, chef, say the Rawmba-za pizza is a popular item with customers. It features a sprouted buckwheat crust and is stacked with nut cheese, roasted veggies, basil and olives and topped off with the restaurant’s creamy ranch sauce.
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Veggie cuisine choices are delighting the palates of Rawmbas customers.

The restaurant won this year’s Best in the City top vegetarian food category.

“It’s an amazing honour and I’m flattered because we are so new to the community,” said Biff Bartlett, an owner, adding Rawmbas has been open eight months.

Nestled on Stewart Avenue, the restaurant is making a name for itself among those craving gluten free, vegetarian and vegan fare.

The feng shui inspired green and white colour scheme of the interior is accentuated with bamboo plants. The numerous windows offer customers ample natural light even on cloudy days or they can dine outside on the patio.

It’s the food that makes it a top destination for people craving healthy food that tastes great. The top three favourite veggie meals are the falafel wrap, Thai grain bowl and the rawmba-za pizza.

The food is a collaborative creation by the owners and staff.

Diana Marchand, the restaurant’s raw food chef, said they perfected the recipes over a few months to get the right combination of ingredients.

“I’m into healthy eating and I always loved to create recipes,” said Marchand.

Rawmbas is also opening a north-end location at 508 - 6581 Aulds Rd.

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