I’m a big lover of cold-pressed juices and superfoods, but it’s so easy to get into bad habits and snack on whatever is to hand. Fortunately with this week’s opening of Rawligion – a raw focused restaurant on Tottenham Street – it’s easier than ever to enjoy healthy eating when out and about in central London. Owner, ex-professional poker player John Tabatabai, switched to a raw, plant-based diet to eat his way back to a full recovery when he noticed his health deteriorating. I met with him briefly but really want to discuss more about how this came about and what his experiences have been.
The menu will be both dairy and gluten free and the only animal product used will be honey, meaning that everything is vegetarian and many dishes are vegan. The focus is on local, seasonal, organic fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices, sprouts, seeds and cold-pressed oils. For breakfast you’ll find coconut yoghurt pots, chia puddings and coconut, banana and almond butter wraps – where the wrap is made purely from coconut meat. They also have London’s first Oji Cold Drip Coffee Tower, with artisan coffee served both hot and cold with special milks.
They have an innovative drinks list (developed in association with The Herball) which includes hemp milk and raw sprouted hemp seeds, cashew nuts, cannabis oil, vanilla, sea salt and dates – filled with natural antioxidants. Snacks include homemade trail mixes, gRAWnola and raw chocolates including peppermint thins and salted caramels. Main dishes include salads such as massaged kale with activated sunflower seeds and immune-boosting maitake mushrooms; raw cauliflower sushi served with seaweed caviar and pizzas where crusts are made from grated courgette and seeds.
With a small natural square just outside, there is greenery not only in the drinks, but inside and outside, with vine leaves and twigs adorning the walls.
Rawligion: Opens early June 2016, 3 Tottenham Street, W1T 2AF, www.rawligion.co.uk