Today I went for my second visit to Raw at La Suite West!
La Suite West
41-51 Inverness Terrace
The restaurant is part of the La Suite West, a boutique hotel with a minimalist design. What makes La Suite West different is it’s restaurant : RAW, a vegan, sometimes gluten-free and sometimes raw food experience. Glancing at the evening menu I’ll definitely be coming back here.
Both times I’ve visited RAW I’ve had the afternoon tea. There’s something infinitely appealing and charming about a vegan afternoon tea!
Afternoon tea menu, each course comes one after the other on separate plates
Darjeeling 2nd flush in a Jing teapot!
You can choose from a selection of loose leaf teas or coffee prepared to your liking (ask for soya milk – today they automatically gave us cow milk…) I chose the Darjeeling 2nd flush. Beautiful tasting tea, very light and great to have black. The staff are more than happy to refill your pot with more hot water if asked.
On a side note – After the cow milk appeared on the table I took a look at the brunch menu of the restaurant and I was intrigued to see eggs and beef available. On my last visit to the restaurant I wasn’t aware they served any animal products at all. The brunch menu did not look very friendly to vegans (a porridge and a fruit salad), a bit bizarre considering the restaurant is called RAW.
The first thing to arrive is the selection of finger sandwiches:
I was not a fan of the tofu scramble sandwich or the aubergine. The tofu scramble lacked real flavour and ended up with a squishy bland consistency. The aubergine was slimy but chewy. Most of our party ended up leaving this sandwich. However, the butternut squash, hummus and the portbello (the best one in my opinion) were delicious. I’d have happily swapped the tofu scramble and aubergine for any of those three!
Next the scones with coconut whipped cream and strawberries!
The scones! Great scones, slight flavour of almond which I loved. The coconut cream was light and fluffy this visit, last time a little slimy and separated. There is also Tiptree strawberry jam! I very much enjoyed this portion of the tea.
Finally the trio of cakes
Mini Chocolate and Coconut cake, Mini Passionfruit Bavarois, Mini Orange and Date raw cheesecake
Passionfruit bavarois, massive thumbs up! Light and creamy, almost like a solid pana cotta. I was really interested to know how it could have been made. The little biscuit tasted of cinnamon, like a christmas biscuit. Very enjoyable. The raw cheesecake I also enjoyed immensely but I am a big fan of raw desserts in general. The chocolate cake I found a little bitter, I thought it could have done with something else a little sweeter to balance it out.
All in all, a very pleasant experience and a happy vegan belly. I’ll definitely be coming back to try the evening menu (Wild spinach gnocchi..um hello!!!)
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