CLOSED: Raw - La Suite West

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41-51 Inverness Terrace, Bayswater, West London, England, W2 1JN

Serves meat, vegan options available. Breakfast is not vegan, but from lunchtime onward, the food is vegan with raw options. Serves mocktails, afternoon tea with choice of non-dairy milk. Location is next to the Kensington Gardens. Raw launched in 2013 within the La Suite West Hotel and is open to the public. SHUT DOWN JUNE 1, 2017 - REPLACED BY ANOTHER RESTAURANT. Open Mon-Sun 12:00pm-10:30pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Organic, Raw, Western, British, Non-veg

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First Review by SardegnaVacanze

vegan afternoon tea - Edit

A friend invited me here for vegan afternoon tea. We spent at least two hours getting through all the different cakes and breads. Everything was very good, can't recommend it more!

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Deserves 5***** - Edit

Had an amazing vegan afternoon tea at Raw restaurant in La Suite West. I am also gluten intolerant and was able to have the exact same afternoon tea as they did gluten free options too. We had amazing finger sandwiches which had a great amount of filling and were so tasty and then (the best bit!) vegan gluten free scones with coconut cream, fresh strawberries and strawberry jam which were just out of this world! We were so full we had to ask to wait half an hour or so before the desserts were brought out which were also really delicious. You also have unlimited loose leaf teas and coffees as well as a glass of alcohol free fizz. Our waitress was very attentive and lovely - we didn't feel rushed and were able to take our time and savour every moment. Well worth the visit and such great value for money too!

Pros: Vegan afternoon tea, Gluten free, Attentive staff

Cons: None!

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Must go - Edit

I can't believe how generous this place this is. I had a coffee, proper loose leaf hibiscus and green tea and they still kept offering me more. They do gluten free everything, you just get a slightly different sandwhich filling, but the bread you get instead is very substantial and filling. The company i was with managed to woof their normal finger sandwhichs much quicker. Generous amount of scones. 3 large scones each and coconut cream, I got 4 smaller gf ones, and big delicious cakes. And my gf ones were also very impressive. All for 27 quid. Will be going again. Alcohol free fizz is really nice as well

Pros: all vegan afternoon tea and dinner. Will go for di, for 27 pounds in london, its very good value, cons, finger sandwhichs are usually naff. My non vegan d

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Beautiful Afternoon Tea - Edit

We had afternoon tea here for Mothers Day, the atmosphere is so relaxing and the service great too.
The sandwiches were incredible, as was the beautiful loose leaf tea served in glass tea pots and lovely almond milk which almost tasted homemade. The scones were divine! Fresh coconut cream and strawberries followed by a wonderful mini selection of cakes, the gingerbread was out of this world! Would highly recommend this place, it was completely full so book for special occasions. Great to see a fantastic vegan afternoon tea in London and the complimentary potted flower given to my Mum ( and all the Mums!) by the staff was just such a lovely touch. Thank you La Suite West for such a lovely afternoon

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Raw Food Disappointing - Edit

I tried different offers from their raw food options, but for that price it was rather disappointing. Small portions for high price and it was all pretty tasteless. Among others I had the asian noodle salad made of daikon raddish, but I could see they didn't even had the right spiralizer to cut the daikon raddish. Another dish came with a drop of nut "cheeze" which I couldn't taste at all between the vegetable slices. There are many better raw food restaurants in London than this...

Pros: friendly service, close to underground station

Cons: raw food nothing special, expensive, a bit strange interior design

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One of the very finest, best restaurants in London - Edit

RAW is to die for: their mostly raw with vegan options menu include threats like imaginative burgers (quinoa, cashes and BBQ sauce? AWESOME!), raw ravioli and so much more. For a hotel restaurant, slick and minimal, the prices are totally fare and the experience as classy and elegant as they come. The place is not enough advertised in London: it totally deserves more attention from the veggie community, as it is even has a fully vegan afternoon tea!
Try it, you will not be disappointed!
P.S. Happy Cow does not allow me to rate this place as 5 stars, because it is wrongly labelled as non veggie. The restaurant is FULLY vegan, but the hotel has a regular breakfast option. Please correct the listing.

Pros: Excellent food, Appropriate prices, Super classy environment

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RAW/Cooked - Edit

Visited with a group and tried a Vegan tasting menu. Some raw, some cooked. Flavoursome and well presented

Pros: Taste, Presentation, Atmosphere

Cons: Breakfast isn't Vegan or Vegetarian

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Lovely afternoon tea - Edit

The vegan afternoon tea here is such a treat! There are five different kinds of sandwiches, which makes a nice change from the usual cucumber. I really enjoyed the flavours and seasoning. The real highlight was the scone plate: three little scones per person, with fresh strawberries and whipped coconut cream. The cream was so good! The cake plate wasn't quite as good, but the three little bitesize cakes were quite tasty and moist.

Service was great, and it was a nice relaxed, non-rushed affair. It was especially nice to sit outside. I'd love to try the regular menu as well at some time.

Pros: Good variety, Nice atmosphere

Cons: Expensive, Not served on cake stand

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Vegan afternoon tea! - Edit

Though they offer non-vegetarian dishes, this place offers only one afternoon tea - a vegan one - so you know it has to be good! At £21 I thought it was comparable to other hotel afternoon teas. The finger sandwiches were delightful, the scones and coconut cream were heavenly, and i was so happy to see them served with fresh strawberries rather than jam (though jam was available if you wanted it). The cakes were sooooo good, especially the chocolate fudge one. They have a nice selection of teas, and they offer you as much as you like - no need to stick to just one tea - try them all! Or coffee, if you prefer. They had soya, rice, and almond mylk available when we were there. I read elsewhere that one vegan customer was, oddly, brought dairy milk, so it might be worthwhile to specify what you want. The staff were kind and professional and the atmosphere was nice and relaxing. I was initially sort of disappointed that it wasn't served on a three-tier tray, but actually having each 'course' brought separately made me slow down and savour what was in front of me, so i decided that I rather liked it. I'll definitely go there again (and again!).

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Great food - Edit

We were looking for somewhere to eat and found this place, its a nice hotel with friendly staff and the menu, whilst short, covers all the bases.

Great smoothies and a vegan menu what is not to love :)

Will be eating here again when we are back.

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Vegan High Tea - Edit

I dined at La Suites West for the vegan afternoon tea. Finger sandwiches (with crusts cut off of course), scones (with fresh strawberries and coconut cream) and some small but tasty slices and cakes to top it off. This is all about the dining experience really. The food is very good, and yes of course the portions are small for what you pay, but surely this is going to be true of any high tea experience in a fancy hotel in London. I really enjoyed this for something different; a nice and relaxed, paced way of eating tasty and creative food. Something nice to do for a special occasion for sure.

Pros: Upmarket vegan dining, Vegan High Tea, Vegan desserts

Cons: Expensive

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Vegan afternoon tea - Edit

Came here for afternoon tea with a non-vegan friend. The interior is very stylish, the place quiet and pace not rushed; just what we wanted. Service was good, but I wouldn't say outstanding. Selection of tea was also good - if you're vegan make sure you get a plant based milk. Food is beautifully presented. Our favourites were the scones with strawberries and coconut cream. Price reasonable for London. Wish the food hadn't be so cold (like coming out of the fridge) but would recommend.

Pros: Central location, Stylish interior, Calm atmosphere

Cons: Not the tastiest vegan food I've ever had

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Lovely afternoon tea - Edit

Had a delicious afternoon tea at Raw @ La Suite West.

5 finger sandwiches with various fillings

3 mini scones with coconut cream and fresh strawberries

3 mini cakes one of which was a raw orange cheesecake

All very tasty and beautifully presented. Great staff

Considering this is afternoon tea in central London, £19 a head is a very competitive price. I'm not sure afternoon tea is ever worth the price, but this was good.

Sat outside which was very pleasant

Pros: lovely, tasty food, nice selection offered, not too expensive

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Fairly Average - Edit

We visited Raw yesterday afternoon, and although the food which we had was nice, I feel that I've had larger portions, and ore expertly made, for the same money. I'm more than happy to invest in good food, but I just don't feel that this matched what I've had elsewhere. To have a full meal, you really do need to have a starter, main and dessert, although the chocolate cake, which my partner and I shared, was incredibly rich (and very delicious). I chose the Vegan sushi, and my other half had the tagliatelle.

Pros: Outdoor seating on the terrace, Nice food, Nice interior

Cons: Very small portions, Not the best raw Vegan food I've had

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Amazing - But Pricey - Edit

Not only vegan - many of the dishes are raw. Vietnamese Gazpacho was a spicy treat and served in a glass teapot! Main courses were equally tasty and inventive. Good range of non alcoholic cocktails. Dessert was a "cheese" cake with dates and orange. Marvellous!
Service was a bit indifferent considering is was a slow Sunday afternoon. The food more than made up for it.
Total cost for 7,including 3 courses and drinks, was £230. So a shade over £30 each. The venue is a little out of the way - which makes it all the more special.

Pros: Raw, Range , Mocktails

Cons: Service

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Great! - Edit

Food was amazing. Staff very cool. Love this place and will come again for sure.

Pros: not too pricey , flavour of food, variety of food

Cons: no alcohol

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please help save this place, it is delicious! - Edit

For some reason this restaurant is not getting all the foot traffic it deserves. Expensive? Not for a high class restaurant. The food is very high quality and delicious and the recipes crazy good.

I dined twice here last week and the place was nearly empty. I am afraid that it will be transformed into a place that serves flesh, so go and support them while filling your belly with the best high cuisine vegan food in London.

Try the gazpacho and the sea vegetable salad. For dessert, you cannot go wrong with the orange cheesecake. Yum!

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very delicious - Edit

Very delicious food in nice upscale place. Especially the beetroot falafel were excellent. We'll be back soon.

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I left hungry! - Edit

I decided to visit Raw for a special occasion and booked a table for three in advance. Raw was very easy to find, a short walk from Bayswater underground station. On arrival we were greeted at the door and led through two corridors. The interior design was very nice, all black and cream. When we got in to the restaurant, the place was dead, just the three of us. This was a thursday night. There was no music when we arrived, but soon after we sat down an array of relaxing music was played. We ordered drinks and starters, which arrived shortly after. The Passionfruit and almond mocktail was delicious and the carrot and coconut juice an unusual but tasty drink. Our starters of homemade hummus and sweet potato bread arrived. This was delicious, however there was only four very small slices of bread to one massive bowl of hummus. When our mains arrived we were all excited as the display of them was immaculate, however the taste did not satisfy. My boyfriend ordered the quinoa and mushroom burger and my mum the aubergine curry. The burger was bland and no flavour, my boyfriend mentioning he just tasted the bread and my mums curry was like soup, very runny. My main was dissapointing, I ordered the daikon ravioli, expecting a pasta ravioli filled with carrot and date pesto, I got a layer of pesto topped with some sort of sea cumumber which I later found out was Daikon, a member of the radish family. This was not clearly explained to me in the menu, and was not ravioli at all. My main was exchanged without questions as I did not like the ravioli, I had the collard wraps as a replacement. This was shocking, three cabbage leaves wrapped up with tiny carrot sticks, pepper and a cherry tomato inside. We were very dissapointed and asked for the bill straight away and left. We also got the idea that the restaurant was vegan for the wrong reasons, more for people with allergies than the main reasons of animal cruelty, environmental issues and world hunger.

Pros: Tasty mocktails, Good service, Nice interior and design

Cons: Small portions, Bland food, Expensive

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An impressive high class vegan restaurant - Edit

As you turn the street corner approaching RAW, the bright verdant green sign screams out "VEGAN AND RAW FOOD" to you, but from then on things are far more subtle - the zen-like white minimalist entrance-hall leading you into a lowly-lit black lobby complete with a sleek hole-in-the-wall fireplace. Here the black-clad efficient staff greet you and guide you through a dark corridor to the restaurant, which sports a more modernist interior.

The wide-ranging menu is all vegan (I did spot one dish with "wasabi honey mustard" though) and raw dishes are marked with a symbol.

As befitting of the surroundings, you can tell that the dishes have been carefully designed, with oriental influences nestling alongside indo-asian and western-style options.

I opted for an all raw dinner, and accompanied this with a "power" smoothie of quinoa, pumpkin seeds, banana and blueberries which was delicious. Other lighter juices and mocktails were also on offer.

My starter of zucchini rolls was presented on a slate tile and looked like burning candles with the marinated slither of red pepper sticking out of the top forming the wick. The taste was superbly pure, with each of the ingredients in turn imparting its flavour, although the pickled ginger on the side did blast that all away!

The raw daikon ravioli main had a more subtle taste, with the slight sweetness of the daikon (which I think had been somehow combined with dates?) balanced by the carrot and basil pesto and decorated with edible flower petals enhancing the light air to the dish.

A side salad of sliced celeriac and leaves dressed with a truffle sauce and pomegranate seeds was a perfect combination.

Finally, I could not resist trying the orange and chocolate raw "cheesecake" which was divine, set upon a base of date and almonds.

Service was professional, attentive and at the same time friendly.

In summary, RAW is definitely a place to go to impress or romance, or to just enjoy high quality and creative vegan/raw food in a serene setting. The range of items on the menu is enticing me to plan my next visit very soon.

I do wonder what the "mainstream" hotel guests think of their hotel restaurant offering what for most will seem like a strange a radical menu ;p
Updated from previous review on Tuesday October 29, 2013

Pros: high quality creative food, refined setting, excellent service

Cons: more expensive, but worth it

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just amazing - Edit

A wonderful restaurant for Vegans and Vegetarians and for those who enjoy eating high quality healthy and raw foods. The dinner menu is diverse and full of an array of mouthwatering delicious dishes that will appeal to all tastebuds.
I took the Papaya papardelle and also tasted the Quinoa Burger with Sweet Potato Bread both of which were delightful !
I highly recommend La Suite West to any vegetarian foodie who is searching for a quiet and zen restaurant.
Special features: romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, afternoon tea, pre/post theatre
I would recommend this to a friend

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