There’s nothing better that waking up on a scorching bank holiday weekend and heading out with the boyfriend for brunch. We headed to RAWR cafe bar and kitchen, Hanley to sample the new menu.
RAWR is nestled in the ever-developing Cultural Quarter, surrounded by some of my favourite independent businesses like Klay and Bottlecraft.
The bar is definitely your jam if you’re veggie, vegan, lead a healthy lifestyle of simple just want to try something new. Founder and chef, Gemma, is a nutritional wizard and the menu is centered around superfoods, raw roods, low gi sugars and generally clean food. There are tonnes of vegetarian, vegan and even gluten free options, so it really caters for everyone.
With an industrial vibe of scaffolding table legs and vintage lightbulbs, the decor is right up my quirky street. The downstairs is now home to three cosy booths as well as window seats that are perfect for sipping a coffee and watching the world go by. There is more seating upstairs, but customers were definitely taking advantage of the warm weather and outdoor seating on Saturday.
Jake ordered a coffee, and co-owner and top-barista Steve never fails with the impressive latte-art. I ordered a Fentiman’s Rose Lemonade, a refreshing favourite. Had I not been driving I’d have definitely been indulging in a clean cocktail or two. RAWR do a mean Negroni and have a very impressive gin collection.
After browsing the Brunch and Lunch menus, we finally decided on what to order. Jake went for Eggs Anyway, which was two perfectly poached eggs on toasted sourdough with chili flakes. Jake is really appreciative of food and was banging on about how good it was so I had to pinch a bite. I can confirm that it was amazing.
Whilst egg and toast would have been my usual choice, I opted for Breakfast Tacos. ‘Tacos… for breakfast?’ I hear you say. Yes. You heard me correctly. The dish is three soft shell tacos (the wrap-like kind) filled with thick Greek yoghurt, homemade granola, strawberries, lime, seeds, fruit compote, a slab of pineapple and some orange slices. They say you eat with your eyes first, and my food was giving me a show. It may as well have been dancing singing ‘food, glourious food’. I felt like I should have been in the Maldives with my bikini on. It’s definitely the perfect summer brunch.
If you fancy popping in yourself for a colourful Acai Bowl, Kiss My Hass, or Feta Safe Than Sorry, (the menu is full of puns) RAWR is open from 10am-10pm Tuesday-Saturday. Find them next to the Regent Theatre at 31 Piccadilly. I’ll be heading back in to sample their brand new burgers very soon because I’m desperate to try a ‘hen solo’ burger with extra halloumi. My mouth’s watering just thinking about it.