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NAMA: Raw Living in the Capital

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The capital’s health food scene is waking up to raw living and on my quest to discover food & drink, which both tastes wonderful and is also nutritionally rewarding, I recently went to NAMA; a raw food restaurant in North London, which serves delicious vegan creations, superfood drinks, juices and desserts.

NAMA opened its doors just over a year ago and endeavours to enrich, inspire and nurture people through its simple philosophy of nutrition, health and wellbeing.  Occupying a gorgeous little space in Queens Park (but moving to Notting Hill later this year), NAMA offers savoury and sweet dishes, catering, juices & food cleansing programmes and more.  The NAMA menu includes sumptuous dishes that sound impossible to create from raw ingredients: ravioli, pizza, pasta and lasagne.

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As soon as I arrived at the restaurant I ordered a Luscious Lucuma Smoothie, which comprised of homemade nut milk, lucuma, vanilla, coconut sugar, banana, coconut oil and chia seeds.  The smoothie was delicious – it was creamy, nutty, sweet and caramelly.

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For my starter, I chose the Daikon Ravioli, which was made of marinated daikon slices filled with a sesame, spinach and mushroom ricotta served with a balsamic fig puree.  The ravioli was lovely, the daikon was very crunchy, flawlessly complimented by the cream cheese and all served on a bed of fennel & spinach salad.

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Next up, I selected the Thai Coconut Curry, a dish created with fresh Asian marinated broccoli, cauliflower, courgette, red pepper and leek, served with a Thai coconut curry sauce, daikon & pine nut rice & marinated fennel in all their uncooked glory!  Though served at room temperature, it tasted remarkably like a ‘real’ Thai curry, spicy with good depth of flavour.

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Finally, I had a slice of the Mocha Cheesecake for dessert, which was ridiculously moreish!  It was chocolaty and satisfying without being sickly.

I love food which makes me wonder how something so tasty can also be so healthy for me – NAMA definitely ticked this box.  Head Chefs and co-founders Rich Havardi and Irene Arango’s attention to detail and precision reflect their commitment to exceptionally good food  and experience as chefs.  NAMA is perfect for raw food enthusiasts & the raw-curious alike and I am really looking forward to the new Notting Hill restaurant to open!

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