As someone who blogs about food (a lot!), I'm always interested to read about new places that are opening, particularly when they have a unique spin or hook, and try to get along and visit them when I can. So when an email popped into my inbox a couple of weeks ago inviting me to try out a brand new cafe which serves only raw foods*...well, I had to say yes, please and get down there.
Rawligion is a new raw food cafe which opens tomorrow on Tottenham Street, just off Tottenham Court Road and a mere few dozen footsteps away from Goodge Street station. All of the food and drinks are produced on site from carefully sourced produce and on the night we attended last week for our bloggers event things were still in the settling in phase - I'm excited to head back and see the place once all the fixtures (and the plants!) are up on the walls!
Rawligion is the brainchild of the lovely John, who was once a professional poker player (that's totally on the list of dream jobs, by the way. If only my poker face were better!). While touring and playing, life on the road wore him out, and he found healthy living in general and raw food in particular helped him to feel balanced, centred and healthy. His passion for his products and the care taken with their provenance and production is really admirable, and as someone who loves to purchase from people who are passionate about their craft (whether it's making bread, growing veg, or selling books), his enthusiasm had me firmly on board.
These Oji coffee machines are the first thing you see as you enter. I love that they look like something out of a mad scientist's lab!
On the wall behind the counter there is an enormous display of moss. The whole ethos of sustainability and eco-friendly choices permeates the whole space, from products to fixtures to the containers your food is in.
The cooler was filled with goodies for us to enjoy. There were a range of juices from the cold pressed botanical range made on-site, and big bowls of salads and dishes featuring such all-stars as kelp, quinoa and sprouting veg.
There were also mezze boxes and individual boxes of courgetti. On opening, all the meals will be served in individual portions, for ease of movement and consumption. The white boxes for the courgetti are made from recycled sugar cane, fact fans!
Vegan millionaires shortbread. Unbelievably moreish, but also oh-so-filling!
I loved the quinoa salad (above) and the delicious kelp in vegan pesto (below). Insanely good, creamy and satisfying!
As well as serving up all kinds of goodies with the help of his team, John also shared about his vision and let us sample a selection of the juices on offer. Katy, Vicky, Pippa, the rest of the gang and I had a whale of a time trying to guess which ingredients were in each drink! As well as tried and tested favourites such as carrot and ginger, there were also new spins and fresh, botanical flavours. Would you believe that the blackish liquid below actually tasted of grapefruit and lime? The juices were great and a glance at the ingredient list shows off a cornucopia of goodies in each serving.
I very much enjoyed visiting Rawligion, and will be heading back soon for more yumminess. My favourites were the raw chocolate millionaire's shortbread, the kelp in pesto, and the phenomenal wulnut and date milk (which I was far too busy enjoying to take a picture of!).
If you like good healthy foods, are interested to learn more about raw food, or just like supporting small businesses in this busy city of ours, you should definitely convert** to Rawligion for a breakfast or a lunchtime this month!
Thank you very much to John, Sheepa and the team at Rawligion for inviting me.
* Full disclosure, the very first thing I thought of was the raw food cafe the girls visit in Sex and the City. Rawligion's food was much, much tastier than the meal the ladies enjoyed in the show. Thank heavens.
** see what I did there?
Disclosure (sing it with me if you know the words!): I was invited along as a guest to sample the offerings at Rawligion. All opinions, anecdotes, bad puns and SaTC related witterings are entirely my own.