|M.A.K.E. Restaurant in Sant Monica|
Matthew Kenney (formerly of Pure Food and Wine) has founded a raw cooking school and restaurant in Santa Monica, California. Not too long ago, I was seriously considering attending this school for raw chef training. The location is a bit hard to find, since it is on the top floor of a shopping centre in The Market at the end of 3rd Street and is more of a cafeteria in feeling than a fine food restaurant, being open to the mall. We actually stumbled upon it by accident and planned to return.
The afternoon we stopped by for dessert, we were the only people in the place, other than a lot of staff (or perhaps students) who seemed to be having a meeting. The service was rather slow considering the how little effort was involved in plating ice cream and pre-made desserts, and the fact that we were the only paying customers, but we didn't mind sitting a bit after walking around The Getty Museum all day.
|"Chocolate Cake with Peppermint Ice Cream"|
|Pineapple Cheesecake with Coconut, Strawberry, Goji Berry"|
Overall, I was left unimpressed with M.A.K.E. After having the most exquisite, creative raw dessert (both visually appealing and amazingly delicious) in the candlelit ambiance of Pure Food & Wine in New York City (owned by Sarma Melngailis, Kenney's former partner) I would not highly recommend this place. Save your dollars for NYC and go there instead!