Eat Out | Raw & Roxy.
Raw and Roxy, a fully raw vegan restaurant based in the heart of Cape Town and one of my absolute favourites. Calm, open, quiet, and one of those places where you can sit undisturbed for a whole afternoon reading, writing, chatting, or just watching the comings-and-goings of busy city folk as they hustle past.
I could probably love it for the space alone, but in this case, the food takes the cake. Everything on the menu is 100% raw (meaning it excludes all food and products of animal origin, any food that is processed or altered from its natural state, and food cooked at high temperatures) and before you think they only serve carrots and celery I urge you to read on…
Owner, Beatrice completely turned her health and life around by adopting a raw vegan diet, after being diagnosed with the “usual” aging ailments like arthritis, depression, low energy, poor eyesight, and menopause. These days, filled with energy, she’s passionate about sharing her culinary knowledge by creating incredible healthy meals with high nutrient content. Which is exactly why she opened Raw and Roxy.
My favourite menu item is the Red Berry Smoothie Bowl (pictured below), made with a base of Blackberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Banana, Pineapple, Maca, Spirulina, coconut oil, soaked Chia seeds and topped with homemade dehydrated granola (a.k.a the best granola you’ll ever have), soaked Chia seeds, and fresh Mint.
I also highly recommend the raw lasagna for lunch or an early dinner. And if you're too indecisive to commit to one meal try the tapas platter (consisting of the lasagna, spicy Asian red cabbage, cauliflower “fried” rice, zucchini noodles, sushi with kimchi, raw veggie curry, gazpacho with dehydrated kale and almond crackers).
On to dessert and in all honesty I feel like I could write a blog post of its own about the sweet treats. All gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. You can truly indulge, knowing that you’re not harming your health or any other being.
The dessert menu includes raw cheesecakes, ganache, tiramisu, red velvet cake, carrot cake, chocolate macaroons, mint coconut "Oreos", lemon mousse, “Magnum” ice creams, and my absolute favourite the "Snickers" bar (pictured below). Sweet, salty and absolutely heavenly, it’s made with date caramel, peanut butter and almonds dipped in homemade raw chocolate.
They really do prove that it doesn’t have to be boring and bland to eat healthily. If you’re still not sold I can only ask you to go and try it out for yourself, I promise you’ll be convinced. Now don’t mind me, I’ll just be her with my (gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free) cake…