We eat unprocessed, we eat fresh, we eat plant-based, and this Veganuary we eat raw! But where you ask, here is a list of places you can have exquisite raw food!
Believe the hype, Malibu Kitchen really does put California in the City. The clean-eating here leaves you feeling light and guilt-free, it really is an oasis in the business district. The ‘raw deals’ include a delicious beetroot tartare (with cucumber, pistachio, and horseradish), squash spaghetti, and raw vegetable rolls with piquant mango, herbs, and nuts.
This place proves that living better does not mean denying yourself pleasures. This little gem in the middle of Bethnal Green is well known for their Hive Burger; mushroom, courgette and pumpkin seed burger, chutney, coleslaw, rocket on slow fermented sourdough bun, and quinoa tabouleh is a must try. We love that these guys actively encourage us to enjoy a tipple by offering a list of organic, natural Italian wines that perfectly complement the menu.
This green haven in the middle of Notting Hill is owned by the Camilla Fayed, but it’s reputation is for principled eating rather than glamourous connections. At Farmacy you will find no dairy, sugars, additives, or meat, but instead tonnes and tonnes of raw options. Our favorite is the Mexican Bowl. Don’t forget to leave room for some coconut rice pudding or raw chocolate tart.
This is the definition of artisan raw food! In Nama your journey to the hearth of deliciousness will start with root vegetable ravioli or seasonal gazpacho, and it will guide you to Pasta Pomodoro. But how can a pasta be raw? (we asked on your behalf). Nama’s answer is a delightful dish of zucchini pasta, pomodoro sauce, balsamic mushrooms, caramelised onion, nocellara olives, finished with a dusting of almond ‘parmesan’. This guys deserve a date in your diary.
As well being delightful chocolatiers - proudly organic, vegan, and free of refined sugar - Rawligion is also a café serving some amazing, healthy food. Grab one of the Lebanese mezzo boxes and finish your raw adventure with a ‘cherry brownie cheezecake’.
Can it really be 50 years since Manna first opened in Primrose Hill? They may have been around since the ‘60’s, but their approach to healthy, experimental nutrition is thoroughly modern. To understand why this place still leads the alternative food way, treat yourself to a visit and build your own Manna Meze of starters and salads. We reckon the raw tacos definitely deserve a spot on your plate.
A vegan kebab? Yes, it’s a ‘thing’, we promise! A very delicious thing at that, packing a turmeric, tofu punch, and served with the sweetest cherry tomatoes. Situated in La Suite West Hotel, Nosh Garden is like a spa detox for your soul and for your body.
These guys describe themselves as holistic and curious, mouth-watering and fulfilling. We have to agree it’s a pretty accurate description of the vibe here and the tastiness on offer. Nourish your soul, make a pit-stop at Wild Food Cafe to try White Zen smoothie, olive miso ramen bowl or our favorite, the ayurvedic super salad.
You can bump into Rainforest Creations in Chelsea Market on Saturdays or Herne Hill on Sundays. The menu is cheap and cheerful. Get one of the boxes, or roti made with cornmeal, lentils and wholewheat flour.