I’d heard such great things about Tanya’s Café (Ixworth Place, Chelsea) that I was so excited to finally have the chance to try the food there myself today. Everything at Tanya’s is raw-living, vegan, organic and free from refined sugars and gluten; so I was keen to explore and be inspired by their delicious, health-boosting concoctions. Even the fresh, clean style of the café, along with the plant-lined wall, symbolised healthy living.
We came in from the freezing cold and pouring rain, and at first I found myself craving warm foods. Thankfully, these feelings soon subsided and I was able to enjoy my raw meal. My family and I spent several moments over the menu, stuck dithering over the raw tacos and the pizza. In the end I shared both with my mum. In the meantime, we ordered a small pot of sauerkraut and we shared a ‘Doctor’s Juice.’ The sauerkraut was nice and punchy, whilst the juice (made out of beetroot, carrot, celery, apple and ginger) was deliciously sweet.
The menu options were so creative and the food itself beautifully styled, including the pinch of pink rose petals in their juices. The pizza was delicious, and I was pleasantly surprised at how tasty cashew “cheese” is, although I would personally never want to give up real cheese. The tacos filled with mushroom mince and guacamole were also lovely, as was my sister’s Sun Burger and Dad’s pumpkin dumplings.
For dessert, I chose the (raw) blueberry cheesecake, which was deliciously creamy. I also tasted my dad’s lemon cheesecake, which was beautifully zingy and equally amazing.
Although the food is very expensive, the quality of the produce is excellent, it’s the perfect place to go for a special treat.