London Restaurant Review: Embrace raw dining at Nama Foods, Notting Hill

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Flavoursome raw and vegan food cafe sure to be popular with all the cool kids of West London.

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Why go?


This totally raw, vegan restaurant is the latest addition to Notting Hill's trendy foodie scene, serving up the latest craze to a distinctly West London crowd.

The small all-white cafe is great day and night and offers some unusual, albeit surprising, veg-based food, including a totally raw lasagne made with fresh basil pesto.

They've got a takeaway counter if you're looking for a quick vegan wrap or salad on the go. Come here for a quirky first date where the food is guaranteed to be a talking point; the cafe's alcohol licence has just been approved, so it will be very much a smoothie kind of night until the organic wine starts flowing. Probably just what the doctored ordered.

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EAT?


The starters are amazing; get the pretty sesame-adorned miso soup, and the Kohlrabi Ravioli which isn't pasta at all - layers of raw pink-skinned Kohlrabi filled with fermented nut cheese on a cabbage bed.

For mains the 'sushi' is a winner - filled with cauliflower rice and pickled veggies (saukeraut is great for digestion, apparently) - it won't leave you feeling bloated like white rice.

The thai coconut curry is a take on the classic asian dish, but made with a cashew nut sauce, chopped red pepper and coconut 'rice', it's a very pretty plateful.

The desserts are genius, using nuts and natural sweeteners instead of sugar; think a vegan Bounty bar with freshly desiccated coconut and cheesecake made with pecans. Order the raw blueberry pie; it's a pretty bright purple shade, and comes adorned with little flowers, just asking to be Instagrammed.

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DRINK?


Organic wine and Prosecco will soon be available, but for the time being you'll have to enjoy one of their amazing fresh juices or smoothies; the pear, cinnamon and ginger smoothie has a spicy kick to it and will boost your metabolism before the meal.

The green juice with parsley, kale and lime is great if you like your juices with a savoury edge. Don't leave without getting a latte with their never-ending list of non-dairy milk choices; almond, coconut, hemp, rice milk, the list is endless.

Lowdown


Nama Foods, 110 Talbot Road, W11 1JR, London
0207 313 4638, namafoods.com

Angelica Malin is the Editor of Abouttimemagazine.co.uk

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