After my 3 hour Medieval Literature exam yesterday morning, my friend and I decided to go to Filmore & Union to refuel. I don't have any food in the house at the moment as I have only just come back to Leeds, so I decided that gave me an excuse to eat out even though with my student budget I can't technically afford to... Anyway, we had a lovely little healthy lunch and I felt so much better for it as I was feeling quite drained after an intense exam, so it was totally worth it.
So, after what seems an age I finally persuaded my family that we should have breakfast at Tanya's, the new raw food restaurant that has opened up in Chelsea. I've been so excited to go here ever since I first saw pictures of it on Instagram. I know other people are really interested in trying it as well as I have had so many messages and questions about it since I shared it on Instagram myself.
We were in London for a Christmas break and were off ice-skating at Somerset House in the afternoon. My parents were therefore not in the best of moods as they suddenly felt rather apprehensive; my dad because he has never ice skated before and my mum, because one of the many broken bones she has suffered over the years was a result of, yes, ice skating. I was hoping therefore that a good wholesome fresh meal would put them in better spirits.
The décor and space at Tanya's is light and fresh. The tables are mostly arranged as the high bar type which creates a really laid-back and welcoming atmosphere. It's also really light and airy due to the conservatory-like roof. It would be the ideal place to stop off for lunch during the summer to escape from the heat yet still enjoy the sunshine.
We were greeted by none other than Tanya herself. She was so friendly and was quite happy to chat and tell us all about the place and how it came about and also about the alkalising nature of food. My Brother is a bit of a sceptic as far as these things are concerned so it was really great to have someone explain it so well, and to finally convince him that the alkaline diet isn't actually a fad.
We ordered drinks: smoothies, juices and coffees to begin with and decided that while we hadn't had any breakfast, lunch was now so close we might as well hang on until 12pm for the lunch menu to start as it all looked so delicious. However, little brothers being what they are decided that he had to have some food otherwise fainting through malnourishment was going to start. So in the end we got some breakfast courses in as well, including granola, avocado on toast and raw nutella. The raw nutella was amazing, in fact it tasted even better than actual nutella, but you can happily eat it knowing it's doing your body good instead if the opposite. Being a raw restaurant even the 'bread' was uncooked and made of seeds and was really tasty. They soak, activate sprout and then dehydrate nearly all of the dishes, so they're all super digestible, and come with tons of health benefits. We then had some main courses which were also perfect to share, including raw pizza, nachos, (which were my favourite) and tacos.
The food is beautifully presented, and looks so vibrant. There were two minor niggles: a bit too much use of chilli-flakes on the 'avo un-toast' for my mum's taste, though everyone else was fine with it. In fact, it was only the cost that was a little on the high side. But for gourmet raw food which was this delicious and healthy, it's hard to complain. By the time we left my dad said he was feeling quite 'tiggerish', so he didn't have any regrets. My only regret is that I didn't try one of their delicious looking raw desserts!
Everyone really enjoyed the meal and I finally convinced some of my more sceptical family members that health food can be just as delicious, if not more so, than the food at a fine-dining restaurant. This restaurant definitely defeats the claim that healthy eating is boring, particularly as the food looked just as good as it tastes. You could really tell that the absolute best quality organic ingredients had been used, and each dish had been created with the greatest care.
Tanya told us that she is planning on opening more restaurants in the UK, and I really hope she does so that more people can experience the delights of raw food. She is also bringing out a book in September which I will definitely be purchasing!