hey everyone! Just got back last night from our mad weegie trip to that London to the East Side Raw Party at Vantra as well as general faffing about all the raw restaurants and touristy type things. What an AMAZING time we all had, truly awesome and such a good laugh. Gail, Kelly, Declan, David and I started the weekend at Vita Organic near Soho in London. I’ve been to Vita a few times but it’s changed a lot since their sister restaurant Vantra opened up. There’s a lot less raw stuff on the go and no raw desserts (boooo) but still nice salads and amazing juices! The Blue Immune Booster is the BEST!
Later we headed to Vantra for the East Side Raw party with intro by theee Philip McCluskey. Vantra is an awesome restaurant and definitely has the space that Vita lacks. It has an interesting selection of drinks including alcomaholic and non-alcomaholic juice cocktails, organic wines and ciders, smoothies using delicious nut milks and superfoods, latte smoothies, lassi smoothies, juices and teas. Incredible selection – my favourite (after the wine and cider) was definitely the carob and strawberry lassi! There was a set meal for the party itself. I had an assorted plate to start followed by noodles and a carob mousse cake – check it out
The food was absolutely delicious and not heavy at all. I’d say it’s good value for money although the starter looked like slim pickings. I really loved the noodles and was delighted to discover the mousse cake is made using irish moss rather than nuts or seeds which meant it was nice and light but still stupidly nutritious and delicious 🙂
On Saturday morning we went to Borough market for breakfast. They have an excellent juice bar where everyone had wheatgrass juice, and Gail and I opted for hot mulled apple (sooo yummy) to heat up our bones (London was minus infinity). We then stoated to the London Bridge Experience which is where you run about in the dark getting the shit scared out of you (not literally) by people dressed up as ghosts and such. What an amazing laugh that was. Declan and David screamed the loudest for sure. Here’s a pic
Next stop was er, Vantra again for some more cake and smoothies. It was nice to go during the day and see what was on offer. Similar to Vita there is cooked and raw options but it seemed more cooked was on offer from what I could gather. Nevertheless the array of vibrant salads looked delicious. The one thing that is slighly lacking is an atmosphere but this could be because I’m comparing it to the very much smaller sister restaurant of Vita. It’s very open and airy and lovely but just felt a bit of a lifeless vibe going on. They have literally only been open for a couple of months so I’m sure this will pick up.
Vantra was followed by a quick jaunt to Planet Organic to stock up on some raw goodies. They have such a huge selection of raw food it’s ridiculous. We need to get more stuff going on in Scotland!
Next stop was Saf for dinner where we were joined by the delectable P McC and Joe Best (he is actually the best). Talked lots of nonsense and enjoyed some orgasmic wine and food.
We shared raw cheese plates to begin with various raw cheeses, pates, crackers and fruit – absolutely delicious! For main, me, Kelly and Gail enjoyed the ravioli whilst Declan had the lasagne and David the croquettes.
Dessert is where Saf really mean the business! I practically drunk down the chocolate fondue whilst Declan, Kelly, David and Gail shared the white chocolate cheesecake and moonie pies!
Saf is definitely worth a visit but it’s certainly a bit more pricier than your usual run-of-the-mill raw restaurants. Very tasty food but we all felt about two tonne heavier after we left 🙂
On Sunday we strolled (on the bus) to Camden market to Inspiral Lounge. I do like Inspiral, it has a nice vibe and is always heaving! We all ate some salady stuff (watch out for the nut burger, it’s very heavy and a bit salty) and raw ice cream and Declan had forty billion desserts and I had lots of raw chocolates…Ace! The flavours of ice cream are awesome, mint choc chip is definitely the best but I quite liked the dandelion and coffee flavour and the mango and goji berry. The flavours of raw choc are also pretty varied, the choc orange one is my fave and the mint and barleygrass. Also definitely try the macaroons – they are so soft and melty!
So yeah, that was the weegie trip to that London for some rawtastic adventures.
Definitely one of the best weekends ever. I do love my raw weegie massive friends, and not because they like to eat the same food as me but because they are totally mental and equally very lovely. Thank you Kelly, Gail, Declan, Dave, Sian, Pawel, Steve, Philip, Joe and everyone else that made this weekend so awesome – LOVE YOU GUYS!
Only Kelly could remember this…
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/