There is quite the time lapse between the time this restaurant happened and my writing this post, but with a backlog of overflowing (still yet to be published...) posts and trying to stay somewhat on topic for the general public (although my Christmas recap is still not up...), I'm hoping you don't mind the delay. Especially as I half-consciously waited to write about this place until this time of year, when a lot of us are trying to balance out the December indulgences.
If you want to go for a meal out but are still digesting all that cheese and chocolate, this might be the place for you!
As I've mentioned before, C and I get quite excited by the healthy food trends that come and go. Although raw food dressed up all gourmet has been around for quite a while now, we had never been to a raw restaurant, so after some research (and a couple of failed attempts - it seems such restaurants can have strange opening hours or don't offer a full dinner menu), we decided to try Raw.
Located inside a modern and slick hotel by Bayswater station, it's not exactly easy to spot and the atmosphere is a little quiet. Once we sat down though, others started to arrive and the place warmed up - the service was very friendly and the menu quite extensive. Not all items are raw, but I'm fairly sure that everything is vegan, and it's all clearly marked.
We chose the raw sushi with radish "rice" and julienned vegetables, the aubergine with wasabi cream., and the raw crackers with a kind of hummus, I think? We were quite impressed with everything - I don't know whether it was because I was a little apprehensive, but it was all surprisingly delicious and flavourful! And despite it looking like the portions weren't particularly large, the richness of the ingredients (like the dip and the wasabi cream, probably made of nuts) made us pleasantly full.
Not too full for dessert though - the warm chocolate fudge cake with coconut sorbet was seriously decadent without being sickly. However much I love desserts that involve dairy, my body definitely feels better after a meal without it.
I'm not about to give up my burgers and ramen and all the other indulgences that I love to enjoy when eating out, there is definitely something nice about dining out and feeling like you've actually nourished yourself in a good way. There are a couple of other similar places C and I are wanting to try out, but if you know of any place like this in London that you'd recommend, let us know!