SEPTEMBER 15, 2011

Raw Raspberry Cashew Cheesecake
@ The Plant: Café Organic

Creamy and decadent, this dairy-free and wheat-free cashew cheesecake will fool even the most picky and dairy-loving eaters. Add in swirls of perfectly-ripe, fresh raspberries, and you've got absolute dessert bliss.

Price: $8.00

Served Up By:

  • The Plant: Café Organic
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  • Embarcadero
    The Embarcadero
    Pier 3, Ste 108
    San Francisco, CA 94111
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  • (415) 984-1973
  • Mon 7:30am - 8pm
    Tue 8am - 8pm
    Wed, Sun 7:30am - 9pm
    Thu-Sat 7:30am - 10pm

  • Marina/Cow Hollow
    3352 Steiner St
    San Francisco, CA 94123
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  • (415) 931-2777
  • Mon-Fri 11am - 9:30pm
    Sat-Sun 10am - 9:30pm

  • Financial District
    101 California St
    San Francisco, CA 94111
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  • (415) 693-9730
  • Mon-Fri 7:30am - 3pm

Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Price Range: $$

Parking: Street

Attire: Casual

Good for Groups: Yes

Takes Reservations: Yes

Delivery: No

Take-out: Yes

Waiter Service: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Alcohol: Full Bar

Wi-Fi: No

Has TV: No

Caters: Yes

Wheelchair Access: Yes

The Dish:

My dear friend Karina tipped me off on this special cheesecake, and I couldn't wait to go back for another slice. While the taste is intoxicating and the texture utterly smooth, the ingredients in this seemingly sinful dessert are actually quite healthy, mixing together coconut and cashews into a flurry of flavor. For those with dairy or wheat sensitivities (or for those just on the prowl for something new), this dessert is a great option. And did I mention how beautiful it is? The top, imprinted with spirals of raspberry puree, qualifies it as a true piece of art, almost too lovely to eat. Yeah right. Eat it all! It's good for you.

Key Ingredients: Young coconut, cashews, pecan-date crust, fresh berries, blackberry pepper sauce

The Place:

Occupying a rustic building on Pier 3, The Plant: Café Organic is a lovely spot to spend the afternoon sitting on a heated deck overlooking the Bay. If you decide to sit inside, there's a gorgeous living wall designed by SF green-thumb superstar Flora Grubb and a stylish bar: the perfect perch for trying a specialty organic cocktail. With solar panels on the roof and much of interior coming from recycled resources, it's obvious that The Plant isn't just trying to make stellar food; they're determined to provide a dining experience rich with sustainable and conscientious elegance.

The Plant also has locations in the Marina and Financial District that serve a more limited café style menu.

Other Menu Musts:

Don't just stop by for dessert; have a whole meal! If you want to try a truly special main dish, go for the classic Plant Burger, a hearty and delectable patty made with: lentils; mushrooms; cashews; bulgar wheat; and beets (that's right – it's a PINK burger!); topped with roasted onions, aioli, and fresh veggies. Completely filling and guilt-free goodness.

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Ariel Soto-Suver
Ariel Soto-Suver
Photographer, Bowerbird Photography

Ariel is a San Francisco foodie and photographer. She shoots and makes videos for the SF Bay Guardian, most of which are focused on all things edible. When she's not working in The City, she's traveling the world with her husband, Sam, eating stinky tofu from food carts in Taiwan or devouring freshly baked chocolate croissants in the mountain villages of France.

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