Celebrating all things raw, Tanya's menu features the likes of superfood salads, green juices and plant based puds across three London locations. Proud to serve up organic, raw living dishes, that are all free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar, I was intrigued as to how they could make dessert look this good. Meeting up with my food blogger pal Sophie Loves Food, we thought we'd catch up over a couple of matcha lattes and lunch to discover what Tanya's in Chelsea was all about.
Reflecting the ethos of the cafe itself, the place was brimming with plant life, natural light and organic materials. As you can see, both the interior and exterior are showered with vibrant flowers and luscious greenery which made for lots of pretty pictures.
The chalkbaords, napkins and mugs all had little positive phrases on them, getting your day off to a good start.
We begun with a matcha latte each, along with a couple of waters which were served immediately and dutifully topped up.
For those who may not know, matcha is a very strong form of the green tea leaf that is often ground to a powder and used as a powerful antioxidant and pick-me-up. A slightly less strong green tea I've also used before is sencha. At £8.95 a mug, this certainly wasn't cheap, although I was there to enjoy the experience and luckily didn't mind as much about the cost.
This was one of the most intriguing menus I've read too - so many seriously interesting combinations and imaginative free from alternatives. As a sushi fan I settled on the curious nori wrap, which came with sunflower rice and was packed with avocado, carrot, cucumber and sprouts with a tahini dip. They've now changed their menu to include their take on a California roll and a sweet version with mango and beetroot. Sophie opted for a superfood salad, which featured grapefruit, orange and broccoli.
The food was exactly as I'd expected. Bursting with intense colours, screaming healthy but interesting. Again, their mains are around the £11 mark and upwards. But actually, it was just what you needed. What was great is that the food looks so inviting and left me satisfied but not bloated.
But even in a healthy cafe, there's always room for dessert. Take your pick from their gluten free, sugar free, vegan delights. We both couldn't resist the chocolate hazelnut tart, which had a crumbly and nutty biscuit base, thick chocolate ganache consistency and crunchy topping. As food bloggers we loved the presentation, and the taste got a massive thumbs up too.
I have a love/hate relationship with sugar and however much I love baking and tending to my sweet tooth, I can struggle. I used to be that girl at school who often fainted and now I'm older I understand how to manage any light headed spells. As a result, I'd love to learn lots more baking recipes free from refined sugar, so this tart was brilliant inspiration. I especially find Nakd bars (Bakewell Tart flavour, holla!) brilliant for a healthier energy kick.
I left with one of their smoothies, which was perfect for an energy boost come 3pm. Although I was surprised, I didn't even need it for a good few hours!
Overall it was a great little lunch date with lovely company and irresistible healthy food. There's no shying away from the price tag of around £30 each, but we were at a raw cafe in Chelsea so it's what you'd expect. There's no doubt the ingredients were of fantastic quality and lots of thought behind the food and drink too. I'm glad I went along, especially for foodie inspo, and I'd definitely go back and treat myself to one of their desserts.
Have you ever been to a Tanya's? What are your thoughts on raw food and have you tried it before? (Or perhaps made it yourself)?
35 ixworth pl.
Nearest tube: South Kensington or Sloane Square.