Thursday, 18 September 2014

Eating Out as a Vegan: Tanya's Cafe, London


I don't live anywhere near London so unfortunately I'm rarely able to take advantage of all the wonderful raw and vegan cafes which are scattered all over the city; if I'm honest, this is probably a good thing because if I had regular access to Tanya's Cafe then I'd probably have very little money left by now!




I recently visited London to attend the September Plant-Based Picnic (more information about that  herehere and here), organised by three lovely girls I met through Instagram - PixieMaxine and Natasha. I stayed overnight at Maxine's flat and we both decided that for breakfast we were going to visit Tanya's, a brand new raw food cafe in the heart of Chelsea - it was also the venue for the picnic so we'd spent a large part of the evening drooling over the menu together! After an obligatory early morning visit to Whole Foods we eagerly headed in the general direction of the cafe; admittedly we got slightly lost along the way (bearing in mind we'd both been there the night before!) but eventually we saw the sign and our stomachs growled in anticipation. Luckily we'd studied the menu in great detail beforehand so we both knew what we were going to have, which meant that we were able to just relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere - a stark contrast to the noise and bustle of the previous evening.



What struck me most about Tanya's was how calming the room was - the tables, floors, and majority of the walls were all painted a clean, crisp white, and one wall was covered with gorgeous plants featuring tiny signposts emblazoned with various positive affirmations. The food is prepared right behind the counter so you know for certain that it's freshly made, and the fridges full of juice, raw cakes and desserts are on full view for everyone to see (and drool over!).


Tanya herself is one of the loveliest people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting, and she was so attentive and helpful; Maxine and I both opted for the 'My Alkaliser' juice (made with kale, spinach, lemon, green apple, pineapple and cucumber), the dehydrated flax banana crepe with fresh fruit, coconut yoghurt and maple syrup, and a slice of raw cake each - I had the blueberry 'cheesecake' and Maxine had the kiwi, pistachio and mint. The food was presented beautifully and tasted incredible - it exceeded even my high expectations! The crepe wasn't too dry (this can sometimes be a problem with flax-based food) and it was literally packed full of fresh fruit, including mango, banana, apple, plum and blueberries. Both the raw cheesecakes were divine and had a perfect balance of flavours and textures while still holding together exceptionally well. Even after such an indulgent meal I didn't feel bloated or lethargic in the slightest - I felt full of energy and ready to face the long journey back to Wales. Well, physically I was ready but mentally I didn't want to leave London and all the wonderful food!


I seriously recommend visiting Tanya's Cafe if you're ever in the area because it's truly one of the nicest places you could wish to eat in and the food is unbelievably tasty! There are so many other amazing things on the menu that I'm dying to try, such as 'grawnola', 'rawtella un-toast', raw lasagne, raw pizza and the huge variety of desserts that are on offer; Tanya also makes 'superfood cocktails' which are definitely something I'm planning on having at some point!


You can view Tanya's full menu here and visit her at myhotel Chelsea, Ixworth Place, London.


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  1. Love this post, Meghan...you've just made me so hungry for Tanya's...again!

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    1. Aww, thank you so much! I love Tanya's and I'm hungry for it again too now haha xxx

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