Dinner at Au Lac

Post surgery and recovery I headed to Au Lac with my sister for my first dinner out!

My sister lives in Huntington Beach and Au Lac happens to be about a 20 minute drive from her place.  I’ll admit to major envy now that I’ve had the pleasure of dining there.

For those of you on the East Coast, Au Lac is right up there with Pure Food and Wine in NYC.  I love Pure.  I thought Pure was the best raw I had ever had, until I visited Au Lac.  

I’m completely confused now as to which one I like more, because Au Lac won me over with the fluffiest, warmest, raw bread (that I swear cannot be raw…because it’s exactly like real fresh oven baked bread) drizzled with oil and garlic and pine nuts and magic.  There had to be magic in that appetizer.  I ate it before I even remembered to take a photo, but here is a photo from their website:

That bread is phenomenal.  I know it looks simple in the photo, but trust me, it’s PHENOMENAL.
PHENOMENAL!  Make sure you order the Chimichurri at Au Lac.  

They also won me over with their donuts.  Their warm light airy caramel-esque filled powdered donuts.  

I’ll let you in on a little known secret about me…

I was a donut fiend as a child.  You should have seen how fast I flew down the stairs from my bedroom on Saturday mornings when my Mom brought home Dunkin Donuts.  I don’t think my feet touched the ground once.  I loved them.  Still do.  Which is why I make my own Raw Sexy Balls (and will be selling them soon right here at this link!)  Healthy, fabulous, raw donuts!

But I digress.

Chef Ito at Au Lac knows some magical secrets.  Like major magical raw food secrets that he must have found in a magical book guarded by leprechauns at the end of a rainbow in a magical forest with a pretty river running through it.  With fairy dust and pixies all around.

THAT IS HOW INSANE HIS FOOD IS.  INSANITY!  Pure mouthfuls of joy.  

I told him I wanted to live in a hut outside the restaurant and be his personal student for a year.  Just me.  No one else.  He smiled.  I’ll take that as a yes.  I also got two Chef Ito hugs which I’ll take as a yes as well…he builds a spine massage into his hugs.  I kid you not.  Time to start building my hut.  😉

The restaurant is candle-lit, so taking photos was difficult (I didn’t have my camera with me post surgery and my iPhone doesn’t have a flash on it) so I apologize for the not so bright photos, but I did my best.

After the chimichurri, we ordered the “cream cheese” appetizer which is flax, basil, avocado, mushroom, onion and red bell pepper.

We tried the raw soup which was a giant deep square bowl filled with nori, tomatoes, onions, garlic, shallots, bean sprouts, lime juice, celery leaf, dill, cilantro, red bell peppers, pine nuts, macadamia nuts and avocado soaked in miso pine nut broth.

Talk about amazing taste in addition to so much nutrition! It was just divine.

My sister said the raw mashed potatoes were a huge hit with people so we ordered that as well.  The plate was HUGE!  All the dishes were large and for 2 to share at Au Lac which was so nice.

This was an amazing dish with cauliflower, coconut, broccoli, carrot, avocado on top and the yummiest tamari teriyaki gravy.

We finished with the amazing donuts which was just perfect.

So…three things:

1. Get thee to Au Lac sometime in this lifetime.  It is so worth it.
2. Get a hug from Chef Ito.  (also totally worth it)
3. If you see a little hut outside the restaurant, that’s probably me living in there.  Feel free to say hello. 🙂


Lovely comments!

  1. I’m lucky that I’m in NJ and get to visit Pure a few times a year, but AuLac is on my places to go list! That bread! Drool!

  2. So glad you tried Au Lac — I knew you would love it! 😉

  3. You are lucky, Lauren! I bought their recent groupon so I hope to get there when I am back in PA over the holidays!!!

    Thanks, Meagan! I can’t wait to go back!!!

  4. Hi Lauren, so glad you are feeling better!!
    Your blog is so great, Thank you for sharing your knowledge and passion with people 🙂
    I thought since you liked the bread so much I would share this link with you that I found on another raw website, it looks quite similar.
    I don’t own a dehydrator, but if I did I may just have to try this out!


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