A takeaway café serving imaginative, plant-based, raw grub.
Rawligion is the kind of place that begs to be ridiculed by the ‘Get in the Sea’ brigade. Just a glance at the earnest, emoji-strewn picture captions on its Facebook page about falafel boxes or chocolate truffles smothered in ‘activated nut butter’ are enough to send the anti-nonsense police into a froth-mouthed frenzy. (Don’t even get them started on the ‘massaged kale’.) We were prepared to have a similar reaction to the food, given that one of our few encounters with raw chocolate brought to mind chewing on the inside of a Marlboro Light. But boy, were we wrong. The food here is fantastic.
Sushi, artfully garnished with alfalfa sprouts, had all the flavours of the rice-based stuff but was instead made with well-seasoned cauliflower blitzed together with coconut flakes and sesame. A Thai-style slaw made a noble side dish – crunchy, fresh and smothered in an indulgent dressing of almonds, tamari (wheat-free soy sauce), chilli and tamarind. The Lebanese Box was the standout, though, with flavour-packed houmous and falafel so wholesome that we didn’t for a moment mind them not being deep-fried. In fact, we’d give them a heart emoji.
For drinks, we tried a John Dee juice, which looked like watery tar but was actually a tangy lemonade made with grapefruit, charcoal and alkalised water. Best of the dessert selection were a citrusy, featherlight Chi Lime Pie (almonds, coconut, matcha) and a caramel shortcake (containing buckwheat, almond butter and mucuna) that could convince the most gluttonous pud enthusiast there was nothing raw about it. Rawligion? We’re converted.
A hot main, Rawligion Water and any chocolate rocher of choice for £7.50 – exclusively for Time Out.
To quote the wise words of the Wu-Tang Clan’s Ol’ Dirty Bastard: ‘Baby I like it raw’. And, after a trip to Rawligion, we think you will too. Rawligion’s mission is to create food that’s healthy, nutrient-rich, and some of it completely uncooked – but crucially, also pretty damn tasty. Their range of chocolates are made with ground raw cacao and raw nut butter, and are left to age for a few weeks. Believe us when we tell you they are as good as any non-raw choc you’ve ever tasted.
Their two cafés in Fitzrovia and Balham also serve up a range of exquisite foods that are organic and all very, very good for you: think soul-warming curries and stews, the perfect antidote for this chilly winter. With our exclusive offer, you can get any main dish, a Rawligion Water and any of their chocolate rochers – all for £7.50.
Three bean chilli
Broccoli and sweet potato curry
Aubergine coconut curry
3 Tottenham Street
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 8am-8pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun closed.|
|Transport:||Tube: Goodge Street|
|Price:||Lunch for two with drinks and service: around £35|
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Walked in one day, fell in love with it. It is a bit expensive, but the drinks are absolutely amazing, totally worth what you pay. I had the best cold brew coffee in my life, and don't get me started on the brain milk or the drink called maniac. It is so hard to choose as everything is absolutely amazing. 100% recommended. The staff is more than friendly and make you feel very welcome. Have been going there before work for three months now, and i have never been disappointed with an order.
my current favourites are the green smoothies, delicious matcha with homemade almond milk (the best in London and my friends agree!) raw chocolates, raw houmous and falafel, e3 shots (google e3 live to discover how fantastic e3 is!). I highly recommend this gem, very inspiring that London has such a place with amazing ingredients and very welcoming. Friends favourites include kelp noodles, the different porridges with delicious toppings, daahl.