We waited for it all year and just like that, Christmas came and went, leaving us with the daunting tasks of having to battle through another year before it’s return. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to January a.k.a the I-have-gone-so-excessive-the-prior-month-I-need-to-be-good month (i.e. the most depressing month of the year).
It’s a time where people who made New Years resolutions actually attempt to fulfil them and, for a short period anyway, were actually doing quite well. On the first day back at work, the gym was almost as packed as the underground at rush hour with people eager to get on a treadmill for 5 mins or do their 2 bench presses then move onto something else.
For me, I just had one; I’m a realist and more importantly, male, so trying to concentrate on anything more than 1 thing at a time is impossible. I wanted to eat healthier, no – I NEEDED to eat healthier before my insides decide that they’ve had enough and boycott. And that is how I came to be at Tanya’s, in my view the premier “raw” food establishment in London.
Located in the heart of one of London’s most prestigious areas, Chelsea, Tanya’s is a raw food restaurant and superfood cocktail bar designed to fit into the lifestyle of busy Londoners whist also catering for the growing movement to be more health conscious. Here, I found possibly the purest form of the raw diet I’ve come across.
The “beetroot risotto” was a haystack of grated beetroot and cauliflower served with macadamia “feta” and a beetroot and cashew vinegarette and was as appealing to the palette as it was to the eye which is what I find most appealing about the raw diet. Each plate is a rainbow of colours which makes for a pleasing change from the usual brown I’m used to.
To really explore the depths of the menu, we also ordered the tasting menu which was as delicious as it was enlightening. Consisting of a oyster mushroom meat corn taco, cauliflower rice nori roll, spiralised courgette and carrot pad thai and thai curry green kelp noodles, the platter represented for me the very best in the form of cooking to the point that I could envision myself eating it on a regular basis. Each mouthful was vibrant and so flavourful it exposed my ignorance of how good the raw cuisine could actually be.
Finishing with a slice of the blueberry cheezecake (which I was surprised to find out it was actually nut based), I couldn’t help but feel that I’d come and had a revelation; I wouldn’t go full raw because I love my meat, but the prospect of including it in my diet didn’t seem that daunting. In all the meal wasn’t cheap but it was worth it just for the education.
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