Matthew Kenney's M.A.K.E.
Awesome!We had an amazing experience! From service to food was wonderful and over the top!5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMRaw food at its best!It is hard to find genuinely good raw food. MAKE does raw food amazingly well. Not only does it look beautiful, but it tastes amazing! I brought my meat and potato BF and he LOVED the lasagna. The location is a bit odd, but the food is worth it! Whenever I am in the Santa Monica area I will be visiting MAKE - and wishing they would open in SF Bay Area!5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMTasty and healthy!The squash with saffron yogurt was the standout dish for me, as well as the black pepper kelp noodles. If you're not used to raw vegan cuisine, this is a great entre to it (don't be put off by names!). All dishes are prepared artfully -- presentation is great. Dishes aren't overwhelmed by garlic, as was the challenge I had with Juliano's Planet RAW. Here the food is light yet very satisfying. Three of us shared 3 starters and 3 mains and ( hungry good eaters all of us) left fully content.
The food is worthwhile in its own right, so worth going even if you're a meat eater!4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved it!This was seriously one of the best meals of my life. I'm a vegetarian and my dinner companion is a meat-eater, but we didn't miss anything with the raw vegan dishes. We got the five-course tasting menu and MAY have loved it so much that we ordered additional entrees at the end of the meal. We just wanted to try everything! By the third course, we were already planning return trip with our significant others.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMRaw food as a complete gourmetRaw food as a complete gourmet treat. Amazing flavors, incredible presentation. Everything was delicious! My only complaint: the tasting menu, with wine pairing, left us hungry and a bit tipsy. We walked to Joe's Pizza on Broadway west of Second and got a couple slices to fill up....but MAKE was still definitely memorable...4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMIncredibly creative food.Incredibly creative food. Wonderful combinations of flavors.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMFan of the Food!I hoped the dishes at M.A.K.E. would live up to my previous experiences at Matthew Kenney's NY restaurant. To my great pleasure, the food exceeded my expectations. The combination of ingredients and spices in the dishes was impeccable. I recommend starting with the Tree Nut Cheeses plate, as it offered a delightful variety of flavors. The White Chocolate/Grapefruit/Ginger dessert was also amazing. The staff was very friendly and our waitress seemed to magically appear the moment I needed something. Yes it's a bit pricey, but well worth it for high quality vegan food. The only reason I did not give M.A.K.E. four stars is The Market's open style of seating, which to me felt a little like a cheap mall food court.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMProbably not for everyone.Probably not for everyone. But if you like fresh, organic, flavorful, unique and healthy food. This is the place!! Good service and great presentation.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMWe ate the kimchi dumplings,We ate the kimchi dumplings, the sous vide portobello salad and the kelp noodles as a main. The dumplings were amazing bursts of flavor, the sous vide portobello tasted rich and delicious and the salad was just the right amount to share the 2 starters. We got the kelp noodles to share and they were also delicious. We finished with the apple pie which was again, refreshing and quite tasty. Nothing was pretending to be something it wasn't and while not a big fan of raw vegan normally, this was quite a yummy dinner.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was excellent. ThatThe food was excellent. That was my first time at a Raw food restaurant, and what a surprise! The dishes were very tasty and original, and also prepared with a lot of finesse. You got to try it!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMnice decor! vegan lovers shouldnice decor! vegan lovers should try this, healthy and actually tasty3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMYummy for foodiesMatthew Kenney's M.A.K.E. is THE gourmet raw restaurant--god love Juliano's but M.A.K.E. is a foodie's paradise. The food itself is delicious, the twinkling candlelight and sweet interesting decor make the night divine. Try the lasagne, and the hummous plate.....delishus!!3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMExtraordinary!Best Raw Vegan Cuisine we have ever tasted! Try the chef's tasting menu which is a bargain and if you want an excellent overview of the the chef's favorites! Service is excellent. There is a Culinary Academy for Raw Food attached which is our next date!
We travelled two hours in each direction to try M.A.K.E. and it exceeded our expectations. Everyone needs to get on board and try this place regardless of your food choices and orientation, you won't believe how flavorful, delicious, delicate and healthy Raw Vegan can be! Five Stars and Two Thumbs Up! Thank you!3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMFood is amazing - the qualityFood is amazing - the quality of the ingredients and the care taken into presentation is very apparent. Location is rather open in Santa Monica place so I hesitate to call it a special occasion place although there were several other couples there. It is on the pricey side but worth the splurge, especially if you are looking to try exceptionally high-quality raw cuisine.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMM.A.K.E is the most healthy,M.A.K.E is the most healthy, wonderful, amazing place to eat with beautiful presentation of the food. This is a very special place and I adore it!3/11/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautiful space, and greatBeautiful space, and great service. I am a huge fan of raw vegan cuisine, and was extremely excited to come and try Matthew Kenney's new spot. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed. I hate to write a bad review, but perhaps it can be helpful to them. The food and presentation was gorgeous, and everything was a work of art, however, it just wasn't so tasty. The kimchee dumpling appetizer was the best, but super super salty. The lasagna reminded me a lot of the lasagna at Pure in NYC, but the flavors were overpowered by the sun-dried tomato, and it was extremely acidic. The black pepper kelp alfredo could have been delicious, but the black pepper was so strong, my tongue was on fire. The mushroom tacos were ok, & needed more mole sauce.3/10/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and service, cute place!The food and service was outstanding! Definitely coming back. We did the five course meal with wine pairings...so much fun! I took my partner here for his birthday and I would have to say the only downside is that he took a seat facing another restaurant's entrance, which was not so scenic. My seat was facing inside the restaurant (which is beatuiful) so I loved it. I was expecting it to be a super fancy place but it is definitely a bit more casual since it is in a space with other shops and cooking classes right outside the door. Highly recommend though!2/19/2013 12:00:00 AM