Things Are Getting Raw - And Boozy - At MyHotel Chelsea
”Raw food” and “superfood” aren’t words that generally go well with “alcohol”, so props to MyHotel Chelsea for showing that you don’t have to be goody goody to eat well.
The hotel just opened Tanya’s Café in the conservatory, run by raw food enthusiast Tanya Alekseeva. It’s open from 7am for breakfast on weekdays (8am on weekends), and serves lunch 11.30am-3.30pm, and cocktails – woohoo – from 4pm-11pm Tuesday through Saturday. The kicker? They have vegan wine, too.
According to Tanya’s website, the menu “is designed to reflect your busy schedule and provide loving nourishment at all times of the day.”
The menu looks pretty intriguing, with a slew of juices, smoothies and shooters, along with an extensive lunch menu of everything from pad thai to tacos and a “plant-based burger” on onion bread. There are also plenty of desserts and chocolate. Because raw doesn't mean neglecting the sweet stuff.
But the 12 superfood cocktails look like the stars of the show – made with vegan, ethically sourced alcohol, and using entirely organic ingredients and cold-pressed juices. They claim to be the only bar in Europe doing something like this.
So it may be time to stop being cynical about the raw food movement, and pop in for a What the Doctor Ordered: organic vodka, lemon, raw honey, ginger and lavender bitters, chia seeds, and a juice of beets, carrot and sweet potato (£10.50). Never has a night on the booze sounded so virtuous.
[Photos: Tanya’s Cafe]