At any given day, you can walk into Tassili’s Raw Reality and find people from different walks of life waiting in line to be served. Located in the Historic West End area of Atlanta, Tassili’s Raw Reality is a raw vegan restaurant that serves an array of wraps, salads and other delectables — all 100% VEGAN. Now, for my brothers and sisters scrunching your face up in disgust at the words raw and vegan, please bear with me for a while. Everyone that knows me knows that I love to eat and I’ll try just about anything. When my mom, who is currently a baby vegan, suggested that I try a Punany wrap, I had some questions. What’s in it? Why is it called a Punany wrap? Where do you even find a wrap with such a bold name? Instead of answering my questions, she simply took me to Tassili’s.
Upon entering the restaurant, I was enticed by the beautiful artwork by local artists, that adorned the bright multi colored walls. This was the dinning area. Small, but intimate. The vibes in here were of positive energy, peace and love. As I walked further into the building, I was met with a line of people waiting to be served. Sitting on a shelf across from the wrap station, there was an assortment of sweets & snacks — from chocolate chip cookies, to brownies to popcorn, all 100% vegan. In front of me stood a fridge cooler. One side held an array of drinks and the other side held deserts such as Afrikan Carob cake and creme pies.
Before I knew it, it was my turn to order. They make the wraps right in front of you, like a sub shop. I ordered the famous Punani wrap. It’s a whole wheat wrap, with a thin layer of soy mayonnaise, kale salad, couscous, sweet coconut corn, and tomato and avocado slices.
First off let me note, my wrap was a 50/50 mix of a regular kale & spicy kale. I couldn’t believe I was eating kale and loving it! The kale salad is a mix of kale, chopped red onions, sundried tomatoes & spices — and these are just the flavors I can detect — all tossed in some kind of sauce. Even though I got a 50/50 mix of kale, it was still spicy. I can definitely picture myself eating this by itself on my next visit.
The star of this show is most definitely the corn. The sweetness of the coconut milk (which the corn is soaked in) offsets the spices coming from the kale very nicely. The couscous, which to me tastes like brown rice in little balls, adds a different texture to the wrap. It also soaks up the coconut milk from the corn. A perfect sweet and spicy mix.
Heads up, there is a lot of kale packed into this wrap, so you’ll be chewing quite a bit. However, this allows you more time to explore and savor the flavors the infamous Punany wrap has to offer.
I could not imagine myself eating raw vegan food before this experience, but I will be a loyal customer to Tassili’s Raw Reailty for a long time to come. And after reading this review — yes, I’m talking to you scrunch face — you can’t tell me you’re not at least curious.