Raw & Roxy in Woodstock is one of those gems you want to tell everyone about because it’s so great, but you also kinda don’t want anyone else to go there, for fear of not being able to get one of the 3 tables available.. Raw & Roxy is all about raw food (as you may have been able to tell from the name) which is 99% vegan friendly – they do use honey (not vegan friendly, because bees) in some of the desserts, but have lately been substituting a lot of it for coconut blossom sugar. The food is all ridiculously healthy, nothing has been heated, it’s also extremely tasty and satisfying.
The little restaurant in the Woodstock Co-op which is the building on the corner just before the Old Biscuit Mill and you have to walk through a furniture store to get to where it is tucked away. There are only 3 tables, with seating for about 15 people and a few bar stools too, every time I’ve been for lunch it’s been full so you may have to wait a few minutes for a place to sit. You get a generous portion of kale chips as you sit down, these are so well spiced and moreish. The menu is really simple there are 5 different main courses available, or if you can’t decide what you want you can, ‘try it all’ – a huge plate made up of the 5 different options, so you can pick your favourites before your next visit. A medium plate will set you back R70 and a large plate is R90 – as someone with a fairly large appetite I have struggled to finish a medium, and although the food is raw, because of the nutty sauces it is quite rich.
Yesterday I had the raw lasagne which is zucchini layered with macadamia nut, tumeric, green pesto and a tomato sauce which absolutely blew my mind, it came with a really yummy side salad with baby tomatoes, avo, onion and sunflower seeds. The time before that I had the pasta which is zucchini pasta strips in a cashew nut and rosemary sauce, another ahmazing dish, which you just have to try to believe how delicious raw zucchini noodles are – I’ve since bought a julienne peeler (available on Yuppiechef here) because I’m so addicted. The other options are a red Thai curry, sweet and sour vegetables, Asian red Thai cabbage salad.
My lunch date yesterday, Gabi who just joined the Nifty team full time – after 6 months of being part time – was feeling a little under the weather and wasn’t hungry, decided to go with a red berry smoothie, which has orange, cherry, raspberry, blueberry, banana, pineapple, maca, spirulina, coconut oil and soaked chia seeds. It was one of the best smoothies I’ve ever tasted. There smoothies are pricey R45 for a medium, R50 for a large, but those prices are in line with Wellness Warehouse, Orchards On Long & Cold Pressed which are using expensive ingredients like coconut oil, maca, chia seeds and not fillers like frozen yoghurt (may as well have a Myog) which a lot of the more mainstream/cheaper smoothie places use. Raw & Roxy’s smoothie is super thick and really is a meal in a glass.
Even if you aren’t into raw lasagne or green juices – I can 100% guarantee that you will fall head over heels in love with their treats of the day, which include – powerballs, blackberry cheesecake, pineapple cheesecake, peppermint oreo cookie and their infamous chocolate ganache avocado cake. We got a pineapple cheesecake and choc avo cake to takeaway but then couldn’t resist a few bites as soon as the box landed on our table. They are the best things since sliced gluten free bread. Okay now go forth and try Raw & Roxy, but please leave me some treats!