I first discovered Rawthentic in Qualicum Beach eight years ago as I was bike-touring across Vancouver Island. I had just biked 120km, jumped in the ocean for a swim (doggie-paddle!), and then biked up the grueling hill to Rawthentic. The little raw restaurant was cute, authentic and delicious, with fantastic food, a warm atmosphere, friendly service.
How times change.
On a climbing trip to Horne Lake, I was disappointed to learn that Rawthentic had closed its doors in Qualicum Beach and moved to Courtenay, so I dutifully made the hour-long drive from the climbing area to get my raw food fix.
Unfortunately, the new Rawthentic was somewhat disappointing. I had no complaints about the food or the menu, but the service was bizarre; rude would not quite describe it. A better word is indifferent. After checking other reviews online, it seems I’m not the only one who experienced strange service at this place. Also, the restaurant has no atmosphere – it felt very sterile.
Nonetheless, I went there for food, and I got food. It was not bad either. Not the best raw food I’ve ever eaten. Not the worst. The apple pie, however, was REALLY GOOD. I almost drove back the next day just for that.
Another problem is that not everything is organic; and I couldn’t get a clear answer on what was organic and what was not. When I asked if it was organic, the employee said ‘VERY.’ I don’t know what that means. A sign above the menu said 80%. Who knows.
I ordered apple pie, a glory bowl (it had some basmati rice – one of the only cooked items in the restaurant except for hot soup), a salad, and a veggie wrap. All was good. Smoothies were not bad either.
I give Rawthentic a 7/10. I dock them three points for lack of variety for desserts, mediocre smoothies and not being fully organic.