You might’ve twigged that I’m obsessed by breakfast. It’s without doubt my favourite meal of the day. Want to meet for breakfast? Absolutely. I’m there. Count me in. Want to meet for dinner? Hmmm, let me think about it.
I met a friend for breakfast at Nama Foods in Notting Hill. To be totallllllly honest, it wouldn’t have been my first choice. Why? Because Nama serves raw food.
Whenever someone mentions raw food, I think of that episode in Sex and the City where Samantha puts on a brave face through several raw courses just to impress the hot waiter.
In case you’re wondering what raw food’s all about: nothing’s heated above 42°C to preserve as many of the vitamins, minerals and enzymes in the food as possible. At Nama the menu is vegan, seasonal (music to my ears) as well as being wheat, dairy and gluten free.
I can say that raw food’s come a long way since that episode of SATC.
At Nama, we ordered the Breakfast Sundae (healthier than it sounds) and the Full English. Yep a raw Full English. I will explain.
The sundae was a combination of berries, banana, coconut cream and raw dark chocolate. Sharp, zingy, light and luscious. It went perfectly with a strong black coffee from my favourite East London roaster, Union Coffee.
The Full English was culinary genius. It looked a bit odd, I confess, as my brain was trying to compute what was in front of me with its ‘usual’ mental image of a Full English. But the proof is in the eating and it tasted goooood.
You’re wondering what’s in a vegan, raw, gluten free Full English? Fair point.
Cashew cream ‘eggs’, herbed portobello sausage, aubergine bacon, preserved mushrooms, balsamic tomatoes, almond and walnut bread and raw ketchup.
Like I said. Genius. It takes a very creative brain to dream up that combo. I loved it.