Rawligion - CLOSED

Restaurants, Cafés Fitzrovia
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A takeaway café serving imaginative, plant-based, raw grub.

Please note, Rawligion has now closed. Time Out Food editors, September 2018.

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.

By: Flo Wales Bonner

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Venue name: Rawligion - CLOSED
Contact:
Address: 3 Tottenham Street
London
W1T 2AF
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-8pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun closed.
Transport: Tube: Goodge Street
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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. 

tastemaker

A great, if expensive, little spot to get your raw food on.


This place is 99% vegan, with some honey behind the bar that's added to one or two drinks the only thing that breaks the raw rules.


It's a great little stop for a quick healthy drink/snack, with the Zillionaires Shortcake being my personal highlight. Would probably benefit from some proper cream though...!

tastemaker

I had a quick lunch at Rawligion a couple of weeks ago. The staff is extremely friendly and passionate. They offer only raw/vegan  snacks, salads, desserts as well as an amazing selection of fresh juices and smoothies to boost you for the entire day. I got their raw Korean veg bowl and their rose crumble which was surprisingly tasty. Despite being a bit pricey, I definitely recommend it for a quick and healthy takeaway breakfast or lunch. 


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. 

Tastemaker

Really good raw, vegan food (albeit a limited selection), smoothies and desserts. The staff is also friendly, a rarity in London. I got the beetroot pot which had a delicious, spicy kick to it; the pure protein smoothie for £5.5 with almond butter, banana, almond milk, protein, maple syrup and vanilla, which was as smooth and tasty as it reads: and the caramel shortbread. The caramel is appropriately gooey but the desert itself is not fantastic. Strong chocolate taste but still tastes just too "vegan." Seating is minimal.