A restaurant that actually cares for your waistline? It may sound like a fantasy, but Rouge Tomate does just that. I met with nutritionist Natalia Rusin last Spring to share lunch and chat about our ongoing projects. While she explained the concept behind the restaurant and how the light yet luscious food is created, I was excited to see food that maintained the elegance of finely crafted food that you will find in some of the top restaurants in New York City.
“I was watching Julia Child before Sesame Street,” Natalia said as the waiter set down a freshly juiced cocktail that tasted more like a bright fresh mojito. It contained more than five nutritious herbs and vegetables, like basil, fennel, spinach, and lettuce, but didn’t taste at all like the sour green juice I have had in health food stores.
The waiter arrived next with a plate of the freshest asparagus I have even seen pressed into a vegetable coulis, topped with a warm organic poached egg. Its creamy yellow poured out as I pressed it with my fork.
The restaurant stands by their SPE philosophy of
- sourcing: selecting ingredients seasonally, locally, and with a focus on nutritional characteristics,
- preparation: using specific cooking techniques that preserve the integrity and nutritional qualities of the ingredients and
- enhancement: optimizing nutritional value through the synergy of product combination and menu diversity.
The decor is hip and young, that could also serve as an ideal place to have a business lunch or dinner. The menu includes seasonal delights like local fluke ceviche and buttery lobster, that you can enjoy for around dining room and Ã¢Ë†Å¡Ã¢â‚¬Â la carte and prix fixe pricing, $35 at lunch, $75 at dinner.