First Look: Nurture Introduces New Diner Concept, Rewild

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What: Rewild in Nurture

Where: 2949 Federal Boulevard

When: Open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday; happy hour is 3-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday

For more information: Visit visit nurture.com/rewild

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Shitake Crudo at Rewild.

Molly Martin

What we saw: Nurture is a “wellness market” which opened in May 2020 in a former primary school. It’s home to around 60 businesses focused on the personal care theme, offering everything from fitness and physical therapy classes to salon and spa services. But you can also simply stop by to discover the concept’s food offer, which has recently expanded.

In June 2020, Nurture launched its daytime offering, dubbed Nest Cafe, which serves pastries, smoothies, coffee, a bar program and larger plates like dosas and toast on thick slices of bread. the meeting. The space is open and bright, making it ideal for breakfast, lunch, or a work break from the office (whether at home or returning to mingle with colleagues).

Now, however, you can also stop by Nurture for happy hour or dinner. After a series of successful pop-ups, Nurture introduced Rewild, a nocturnal concept.

Click to enlarge Ash Labneh carrots are remarkable.  -MOLLY MARTIN

Ash Labneh carrots are remarkable.

Molly Martin

As with Nest Cafe, Rewild offerings are vegetarian, but executive chef Juan Tapia adds unexpected flavors and textures that elevate the fare well beyond the average bowl of greens. He wants it to be the kind of food that gives you energy instead of weighing you down, but he’s also not afraid to add indulgent elements, like creamy burrata on plum and radicchio salad. ($16).

Blending elements like salt, spiciness, sourness and sweetness, Tapia and her team have created a menu full of unexpected hits. There’s a game over crudo ($12) made with the unique combination of shiitake mushrooms and thinly sliced ​​grapes, which combine for a deeply flavorful bite balanced by sweet bursts. The dish is doused with spicy oil and served with thin, crispy fries made from dosas served for breakfast and lunch.

Larger plates like the Half Spanish Roast Chicken ($28) with Fresno-Apricot BBQ Sauce and Dill Aioli are more filling, but you can definitely make a meal out of the smaller plates, especially the carrots ($14). If carrots don’t excite you, it’s time to reconsider. When expertly roasted to the point of caramel and even crispy at their thin ends, like here, this root vegetable becomes much more interesting. Add creamy labneh made from ash from the charring process, spicy gastric harissa and hazelnuts for crunch, and suddenly carrots are something you’ll be craving all summer long.

What surprised us: The cocktail program. Once again, Nurture proves that health is all about balance. While it offers a zero-proof selection of spirits and can make just about any mocktail option, it doesn’t shy away from getting strong, like with DD, the version at Rewild dill base on a martini. (All cocktails are $12.)

Like Tapia, beverage director Clairessa Chaput introduces unexpected elements for a veggie twist (in a truly satisfying way) on alcoholic concoctions. Rum infused with sun-dried tomatoes and apricots makes an appearance in the Sunkissed in Havana ($12), ideal for those who like a sweeter drink.

Click to enlarge The rocket-based Rockette is ideal for the summer.  -MOLLY MARTIN

The rocket-based Rockette is ideal for the summer.

Molly Martin

But in our search for the perfect summer drink, a new favorite has emerged. While spritzes are great, most of us could use something a little stronger these days – and the fruity and sweet options can be too cloying. Enter the arugula. Peppery green lends a vibrant color to the Rockette, which also includes Caprock gin, lime and agave. It’s hugely refreshing and even seems vaguely healthy to sip – while still packing a punch.

A Wellness Market might not be the first place you think of for a drink with friends, but Rewild isn’t just for those looking for healthy options: it serves up some interesting food and drink and tasty that make you feel good. , well fed.

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