The first place which I thought was great was The Natural Kitchen. This was located directly next door to the office I was working at, so this was ideal! On the first day I picked up a LoveRaw Cacao & Maca Organic Bar as pre-workout energy before I went to Barry's Bootcamp. These bars are great, and so healthy! I definitely recommend trying one out. The bar provided me with plenty of energy for my workout. My favourite however was the 'Coconut and Chia' which is absolutely delicious! At The Natural Kitchen, they also have a selection of freshly pressed juices and smoothies. I got a celery, cucumber and apple one. They also had 100% natural coconut water, so I also picked up one of those!
Although in this picture the food doesn't look too appealing, it was delicious and tasted very fresh. I had chicken, butter-nut squash, broccoli and beetroot on this particular day, and on another day I had salmon.
All in all, a very good place to quickly pick up a nutritious lunch!
However, it was definitely worth the wait as they had a wonderful selection of healthy, vegetarian dishes to chose from. Options included:
- Fresh pumpkin and ricotta ravioli with chestnut mushroom.
- Organic energising detox salad.
- Sri Lankan sweet potato and cashew nut curry served on yellow basmati rice with peas and coconut tomato sambal.
- Chickpea and cauliflower tagine.
I had Asian vegetables served with organic brown rice, toasted cashews and organic tofu. It was delicious! The marinated tofu was honestly the best I have ever tasted.
On the left is pictured guacamole with vegetable batons. This was in the 'light bites' section of the menu. As we were hungry and were curious to try as many of the different foods that Saf has to offer, we decided to order this before our starter! It didn't disappoint. This guacamole was the best I have ever tasted.
I had one containing:
My dad had one containing:
This was grilled rice pastry dumplings filled with sweet potato, organic tofu, kimchee, fresh mint and coriander, served with a tamari-citrus dressing.
With our meal, we also had ionized filter water, which tasted incredibly pure. Ionizing water puts a negative electrical charge on the minerals within it, which is believed to counter the effects of oxidants in the body, such as ageing and diseases.
Overall, I have to say I loved this restaurant. It had a great atmosphere inside and as you can see, the food was both nutritious, and delicious! I would absolutely come back here again. However, you must make sure you make a reservation as they were fully booked when I went even though it was a Wednesday night!
I had a smoothie containing:
Nettle & Rosehip tea base
Wild harvested honey
And a shot of noni juice!
I also purchased 'Raw Superfood Granola: Banana Greeny' from here, which is from inSpiral (http://www.inspiralled.net/) This granola not only tastes amazing, but is also vegan, raw, contains no sugar or wheat, and is slow-dried in order for optimum nutrition and sustained energy.
I had organic Ayurvedic super salad with fresh mango salsa, artichoke hearts, avocado, amaranth, courgette spaghetti topped with hijiki seaweed and red pepper and cucumber cubes.
I also had the 'Living pizza' which was delicious. It contained raw, dairy-free pimpkin seed cheeze, wild sea purslane & basil pesto, raw cultured tomato and goji berry marinara, fresh tomato & basil, turkish olives, zucchini and caper salad.
The food here was creative, raw, vegan, organic and dairy/gluten-free. The location of the restaurant isn't ideal as it's on the outskirts of London, and I wasn't keen on the inside of the restaurant either. It's very modestly decorated, and opens out onto the street. You definitely wouldn't expect by looking at it that such delicious and impressively presented foods could be being served there! That is my ONLY complaint, but of course the excellent quality of the food made up for it.
When you heat food above 46°C you lose at least 30% of the NUTRIENTS and 100% of the NATURAL ENZYMES. Cooking food can change the molecular structure creating toxins and FREE RADICALS.
You should try to eat your food as close as possible to its NATURAL STATE. Slow drying food keeps it at its OPTIMAL NUTRITIONAL value.
Organic RAW FOOD is the most NUTRITIONALLY DENSE and it’s the best way to get your VITAMINS, MINERALS and goodness. Which in turn gives you more ENERGY, BETTER FOCUS and OVERALL HEALTH. Raw food also ALKALISES the body, which is very important for us. Our body requires 80% ALKALINE and 20% acidic FOOD BALANCE. Alkaline foods give you ENERGY, REVERSE DISEASE, and keeps us LOOKING YOUNGER.
SEEDS & NUT MIX WITH CINNAMON and the GRANOLA
WITH GINGER (http://www.minimagoo.com/) as well as a gluten-free 'Linseed & Quinoa Porridge' from Flax Farm (http://www.flaxfarm.co.uk/) which contains no wheat, sugar or nuts, and it is absolutely delicious! There was also lots of gluten and dairy free sweet treats around, so I had a few of those too!