This year I was inspired by Robyn of Girl on Raw, to try things that were very foreign to my diet- cleanses, smoothies, juicing- yeah… remember my attempt to detox with Jason Vale’s 7lbs in 7Days?? That was her.
So I decided to try out a place in Bangkok called Rasayana Retreat to try raw food for the first time.
But before we get into the details of the Rasayana Retreat. You might want to check out the definition of eating raw first (because I haven’t gone cannibal).
In sum: “(raw) food is not been exposed to heat over 140 degrees Fahrenheit or 43 degrees Celsius. When you cook food at temperatures above 43 degrees Celsius, a huge percentage of available nutrient are destroyed, and its chemical make-up is altered, in essence stripping the food of the very nutrients that your body is requesting when it signals hunger to your mind and stomach.”
I didn’t know that. Did you know that?
Location: To get to Rasayana Retreat, I took the SkyTrain Metro to Phrom Phong. Once you get off the metro it can get a little tricky if you just “google map” it. LUCKILY, I scowered the Happy Cow: Healthy Eat Guide Forum and got these directions from a girl named Veronica01,
“You need to turn at the street right before the Romana Italian/Spanish restaurant and go down the road that looks like an alley with no sidewalks, and then turn right when you see the green Rasayana sign and then you will pass a guard and tell him where you’re going and you will see another sign on your right and a parking lot and the retreat/cafe is in there.”
Thanks V, you saved me a headache.
- Outside Dining Area: Relaxing. Calm. Refined Oasis.
- Inside: High-End. Modern. Clean. Relaxing. When I walked up the wooden steps, my masseuse escorted me to a private locker and changing room (yes, I totally splurged for one of their thai massages)
Massage: Although a bit painful (like most Thai Massages), it was definitely the best one of the entire trip (and believe me I got massages on the regular while traveling Asia).
Food: Even though I was tempted to order everything on the menu, I ended up chosing the taco cups, eggplant lasagna and the strawberry cheesecake. Since this was my first time eating raw, I completely forgot the eggplant lasagna was not going to be served warm (which was somewhat disappointing in retrospect) LOL!
Appetizer 190 baht: Mexican Taco Cups // mixed vegetables in a crunchy flaxseed taco cup and spicy salsa
Entree 190 Baht : Eggplant Lasagna // Marinated eggplant, zucchini, marinara, avocado sauce
Dessert 160 baht: Strawberry Cheesecake // Walnut Raisin, Cashews, Dates, Vanilla Bean
Overall: I thought Rasayana provided a lot of healthy/tasty options for those looking to cleanse. I’m eager to hear opinions from raw food enthusiasts about this little gem, so please let me know if you get a chance to try out Rasayana Retreat in BKK :)
LML Recommendation Credit: LML Reader, Claudio P. (Italy) provided this wonderful recommendation before I started my travels, so a big thanks goes out to Claudio for always being so helpful and dedicated to The LML Project!!