by Don Blackowiak March 22, 2014
New Vegan, Raw and Organic
The Beauty of Sprouts had been open for less than a week when we visited, and we were really happy with everything we tasted, saw and heard from owner Rano Halikova. The chilly evening we visited had one cooked dish available, her homemade vegan borscht soup, and it was excellent! At the owner's suggestion we tried the sampler platter of appetizers and really liked all with the stuffed bell pepper and eggplant ravioli being standouts. We then skipped to dessert and tried all 4 (yes, 4) vegan desserts!!!! The raw tiramisu, lemon pie and macadamia brûlée were awesome. We suggested changing the oatmeal carrot cookie for something else. The ginger ice tea was excellent, and vegans will be happy to know that she uses only coconut palm sugar as sweetener.
She is working daily to improve her menu and so is very open to suggestions regarding oil free cooking, gluten free options and offering some cooked dishes at least at night. If you are following a plant based diet for health reasons, beware the coconut oil in many raw desserts.
We will go back and happily try the rest of Rona's menu. We're very happy in Sarasota to have this new option!