When travelling it can be hard to keep up the routines you have at home and I always, wrongly, see being on holiday as a reason to eat like a monster and forget the healthy eating I do on a normal day. Hotels often have certain dishes marked on the menu as low in calories or the healthy option but rarely is there a complete restaurant dedicated to clean, healthy living.
I saw Tanya’s Cafe on Instagram and loved the idea of it – raw, plant based, handpicked, organically grown, ethically sourced food which is free from refined sugar and gluten. Bit of a mouthful and a bold claim but it sounds good. My healthy eating is based on smaller portions of low calorie dishes but it regularly goes out the window when I see a bottle of wine or chocolate so having never experienced anything so clean I was really looking forward to trying Tanya’s out. And based in myhotel Chelsea it was perfect as it was satisfying both my love of hotels and food. Win.
Until recently I had a juicer which I used pretty regularly (until it went on fire) and I’ve really missed my daily juices since, so to start I opted for a my vision juice containing carrot, orange, mango and turmeric root. It looked and photographed beautifully but taste wise it took a bit of time to get used to it. Laura‘s my doctor juice was much more to my taste and coupled with my pizza and Laura’s kebabs we were fully submerged in the world of clean eating.
When food is made differently to how the world is used to and only using certain ingredients it takes a little creativity to get taste and presentation right. What we both failed to realise is that the food was cold. Obviously, it’s raw. But moving on from that oversight my pizza actually tasted like pizza even though it was made with a nut-free crust, tomato paste, marinated vegetables and soft cashew cheese. There is no comparison whatsoever to a normal pizza with a doughy base and plenty of melted cheese topped with pepperoni but for those wanting to eat clean it was a pretty good replica.
Laura’s kebabs consisted of marinated mushroom sticks with almond satay dip.
Tanya’s Cafe would be a great addition to any hotel as it would universally appeal to a variety of different travellers. The food isn’t cheap and neither are the juices and when coupled with its location you’re looking at £20 per person for lunch. But having said that the place was packed so they’re doing something right and definitely addressing the needs of a certain market.
Dieting and healthy eating is such a hassle at the best of times and especially when travelling, but when places like Tanya’s exist it just makes life so much easier. Food which is raw, plant based, handpicked, organically grown, ethically sourced and free from refined sugar and gluten isn’t my idea fun for every meal but for those who are into it this place is a Godsend.