When a restaurant has been awarded for serving up the best steak in the city, it’s a bit of a shock to the system to find they’ve now opened up a 100% vegetarian and gluten-free restaurant. Well, M Restaurants have done just so! Sister to the award-winning M Grill, RAW restaurant hopes to give diners a fresh alternative to the steak heavy a la carte and wagyu tasting menus – and it sounds bloody tasty!
Tucked away within their M Victoria location, you’ll find RAW. The new nutritious menu champions the purity of natural ingredients and sustainability, through using organic produce, and in the process, eliminates any meat, fish and gluten.
You’re probably wondering why one of London’s meatiest restos has jumped on the veggie bandwagon. Well, vegetarianism and veganism has become noticeably more prevalent with recent years, with far more opting for a more veg-centric diet. In keeping with this, Executive Chef Oleg Ibragimov has created a menu designed to celebrate – not just accommodate like so many well-known restaurants do – cleaning eating and free-from preferences, and in doing so, the menu is largely vegan too, winner!
Those looking to adopt the flexitarian way of dining for the evening can expect a light and fresh alternative to M Restaurants usual style. The menu certainly proves the myth that vegetarian cooking lacking flavour wrong with their punchy dishes. For starters, you’ll be able to feast upon avocado escabeche, fennel, pink grapefruit and yuzu caviar; smoked aubergine with a miso glaze, sesame and dashi; and tofu tartare served with plum puree, fermented daikon, wasabi mayonnaise and shiso leaves. The hearty main courses are bound to leave you feeling fulfilled as they’re jam-packed with wholesome wholegrains. Ones to definitely look out for include; buckwheat risotto with cauliflower, king mushroom and summer truffle; and pea and broad bean polenta with green jalapeño, lemon, mint and marjoram.
Of course, it’s no menu without dessert! Choose between the drunken pineapple with lemongrass granita and mango and passionfruit sorbet or, the poached nectarine served with chocolate rice puffs, coconut yogurt, peach and lavender, mmm!
As ever, M is renowned for its extensive array of wines, and to accompany the new RAW menu, Head Sommelier Lenart Cernelic has curated a wine list fit for royalty! RAW restaurant is scoring extremely highly in our books as the selection on offer are a combination of natural, organic and bio-dynamic, that are largely veggie and vegan. Um, you can sign us up!
RAW at M Victoria is now open at 74 Victoria Street, Victoria, SW1E 6SQ, www.mrestaurants.co.uk