Review: Tanya’s Cafe

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset I recently visited Tanya’s Café in London again and thought that it was about time I wrote about it on my blog – I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get around to it. Tanya’s really is a gem and worth visiting whether or not you like healthy food – trust me, after one meal there you’ll definitely love it! The café itself is a gorgeous space – the room is filled with light from the windows on the roof, and white walls and tables make for minimal and serene surroundings. Little signs with inspirational quotes on are dotted throughout, but my favourite feature is the wall panelled in wood and covered in little potted plants. The whole atmosphere is just really clean and bright, and I’d recommend eating there for that aspect of the experience alone. However, if you’re eating out then you’re obviously thinking about food, and the menu at Tanya’s does not disappoint. Everything they serve is raw, plant-based and free from gluten (unless stated), so it really is a dream for anyone with specific dietary preferences. Plus the presentation of the food is stunning – you will take photos. I’ve never managed to try their breakfast menu (watch this space!) that includes items such as ‘Avocado Un-toast’, chia porridge and raw banana crepes, but friends have highly recommended it to me and I know it will be delicious, given how much I love their lunches. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset On the lunch/dinner menu is a range of dishes, but I have to first talk about my favourite, the raw pad thai salad. This is a mix of fresh vegetables including courgette, carrots, broccoli, watercress and more, served in a creamy sauce made from coconut meat and topped with seeds and other goodies. It tastes just like a creamy thai curry and is such a joy for your tastebuds, I’m not exaggerating. I’m also a fan of the superfood salad that comes in a creamy lemony sauce and includes avocado and a rainbow of veggies. And the Thai curry noodles – a dish of kelp noodles, seaweed, veggies and another incredible sauce – is always a winner. Tanya’s also serve dishes such as sunflower seed nori rolls, buckwheat gnocchi and raw tacos with walnut meat and nut-based ‘sour cream’ – the menu really is diverse and of such an amazing standard that it will make the most avid meat-eaters stand up and pay attention. IMG_8624 IMG_8623Even after your meal, it’s pretty difficult to pass on a visit to the dessert cabinet. The desserts on offer change according to what’s been made each day, but there’s still plenty of choice. I’ve tried the blueberry ‘cheesecake’ and Key Lime Pie, both of which are so light and fruity served on a yum nutty base. There’s usually also a selection of raw brownies, caramel slices, bliss balls and more as well (and you can get them to take-away – dangerous!) Finally, the drinks. Tanya’s serves some wonderful cold-press juices and smoothies as well as hot drinks such as coffee, a variety of teas and my favourite matcha lattes. What’s more, if you go later in the day they have a superfood cocktail menu – I’m told their cacao cocktail is delicious. You really are spoilt for choice at Tanya’s, and I definitely recommend it to anyone in London looking for somewhere new to try. Whilst the prices are a little more expensive, it’s certainly worth it for the occasional treat and for the standard of food and setting the Chelsea café provides. Check out their website for their full menu and more information (including their alkaline cleanse programs), or go over to their Instagram to drool over their food photos. It’ll be on your to-do list before you know it.

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