By Katie Lewis
Subedited by Jasmine Wing
Rawligion is a relatively new, healthy ‘grab and go’ cafe just a stones through from Goodge Street station. The establishment recieved worldwide press attention recently after introducing their newest product ‘Relax’ – a non psychoactive vegan cannabis milk, containing cannabidiol (CBD), hemp milk, nuts, coconut oil and vanilla. The drink claims to provide many health benefits, including relieving pain and improving insomnia whilst also easing the symptoms of stress and anxiety. At an eyewatering £7.40 a bottle, this product isn’t cheap, however the team at Rawligion states that many customers have supported it’s claims and have seen an improvement in their overall wellbeing after consuming the beverage.
Rawligion also boast an impressive range of fresh, nutrient dense salads, soups, sushi, smoothies, juices, botanical shots, chocolate and desserts, all of which are unprocessed and free of refined sugar and animal products. Having visited many raw vegan cafes in London, I was a little skeptical at the establishments claims of having a ‘unique’ menu. I mean, there are only so many ways you can eat kale and cacao, right?
So I ventured to Rawligion myself to sample their menu, and boy I wasn’t
disappointed. Not only is the food every bit as aesthetically pleasing as it appears on the website, it also tastes divine. I started with an ‘E3 Live’ shot (£2.95) which is pure blue/green liquid algae, followed by a ‘Mucus Booster’ (£2.25) consisting of ginger, lemon and chili. The shots are an acquired taste, one that only hardcore raw food and juicing enthusiasts like myself can truly appreciate.
Next up, I ordered an ‘NY Kale Salad’ (£6.50) which consisted of kale, cabbage, carrot, swede, onion, dates and garlic smothered in extra virgin olive oil, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar and Himalayan salt. It sounded like a rather bizarre concoction, and I must admit I was hesitant to take that first bite. But it was delicious! The flavors and textures really complimented each other, and it tasted so pure and vibrant. Even my six-year-old happily shoveled it down his neck. We finished with a suspiciously unhealthy looking ‘Zillionaire Shortbread’ (£3.95) made from ingredients such as sprouted buckwheat and medicinal flower extracts, and I can honestly say it was the most glorious desert I’ve ever had the privilege of eating. It was so rich that one slice was more than enough for the two of us to share (although I did sneakily purchase another to eat later!)
I’m already planning my next visit. Rawligion? I’m converted.