Nama Foods is a raw & Vegan restaurant based in Notting Hill. Nama Foods first came on my radar when Vogue editor and Health ambassador, Calagary Avansino tweeted about it… so if it is good enough for Vogue I knew I had to go down and check it out!
Nama Foods is situated on Talbot Road, just behind Westbourne Grove. It is a light & bright shop with a few tables and chairs outside. The minute you walk in you immediately see a big board tempting you with amazing cold pressed juices, smoothies & hot drinks. As it is a vegan restaurant you have the choice of coconut, almond, rice, hemp or soya milk in your coffee or tea.
We started off with a ‘Pearfecto’ cold pressed juice, which contains pear, cinnamon, ginger & maple. Pears are an excellent source of water soluble fibre, and contain high amounts of beta carotene and B vitamins. As pears contain high levels of fructose, glucose and levulose (natural sugars) it was a sweet and refreshing juice, with a kick from the cinnamon and ginger. It is a great metabolism booster before you tuck in to the food.
We also tried Mango Lassi smoothie, which was made up of mango, coconut, hemp, cinnamon, cardamon & fresh almond milk. Mangoes are my favourite fruit! Mangoes are high in beta carotene, vitamin C and are good for boosting the immune system and aiding digestion. This was so creamy and tasty. I would definitely recommend!
However the overall favourite was the Luscious Lucuma smoothie. Which contained lucuma, banana, chia, sunwarrior, coconut, almond milk. Lucuma is an exotic fruit, and is rich in antioxidants, B vitamins and is said to aid fertility. Lucuma is really sweet tasting, so can be used as a natural alternative to sugar.
Now onto the breakfast menu, we went for the pancakes with ice cream (£7) the pancakes are walnut based and are topped with banana ice cream, which is made by blending frozen bananas, which make a creamy sweet tasting ice-cream texture. It was a great healthy twist on Pancakes. The dish was sprinkled with maple syrup coconut almond crumble and blueberries.
Next up was the Grawnola (£7.25) which was sprouted buckwheat, seeds, almonds and dried fruits served with fresh fruit and a probiotic cashew yoghurt. The Grawnola was crunchy, chewy and full of flavour. The yoghurt was delicious.
The final dish we sampled was the coconut porridge (£7) which is made up of fresh mature coconut, dates, almonds, apples, vanilla and spices topped with cacao nibs, hemp seeds and blueberries. The milk is served on the side, so you can chose how much you want. This dish was really filling, and the crunch of the cacao nibs was nice against the soft textures.
The whole thing was finished off with a ginger zingy shot, which was amazing, and great to finish off your meal, to aid digestion.
I really liked Nama Foods. I am looking forward to coming back and sampling some more delicious juices and I have heard the Thai coconut curry is amazing. The great thing about this place is you can pop by just for a take away juice, or you can sit in and sample the raw and healthy delights from the menu. The staff are so nice and friendly, it is a great addition to the healthy eating scene.