With the beginning of every new year we all set our goals for the next twelve months. The most common New Year’s resolution of all is probably ‘to start eating healthy and loose a few pounds’. Well if you stick to my Top 3 healthy restaurants in London you could still go out to eat and have fun with friends without breaking your New Year’s resolution.
Being a healthy lifestyler (or a health ‘freak’ as I usually say) in London is not at all a rocket science. London offers a rich selection of superb healthy restaurants serving nourishing raw foods, refreshing smoothies and nothing but the finest 100% organic products from all around the world. In fact the variety of healthy places in London is so big that choosing only 3 was a truly challenging mission. Yet, here they are: my happy TOP 3!
Wild Food Café
Wild Food Café is a raw-centric food restaurant which menu is focused on wild, fresh, living gourmet ingredients & plant-passionate vegan and vegetarian cuisine. This new age hippy place, situated at the most charming and vibrant little squire in the heart of London: Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden, is definitely a must try. It is not only the exquisite raw foods menu that makes this place so irresistible, but also the people that work there. Eating your healthy dish surrounded by happy smiling people that clap, dance and sing while they cook is indeed a truly charging emotion. Plus, I believe that they offer the best raw veggie burger that I have ever tried. 100% gluten and soya-free, this burger consist nutrient-dense ingredients such as olives, shiitake mushrooms, dulse and butternut squash. Comes with a small salad on the side and some sweet potatoes wedges.
The place where the café is situated is also quite interesting. In the 70’s when Covent Garden was nothing like the fashionable and fancy area that it is today, Neal’s Yard consisted of a few derelict warehouses. In just a few years Nicholas Saunders, a smart entrepreneur, managed to turn the Yard in a charming hidden place with a bunch of small independent visionary shops. Keeping this spirit alive, today Neal’s Yard still hosts small alternative businesses. Don’t forget to spend a few minutes at the Neal’s Yard Remedies. Situated right next to the entrance of the Wild Food Café, the Remedies offers the finest organic herbs, cosmetics, teas and supplements.
A MUST TRY:
The Greatest Burger of All Time
Hummus & Raw Crackers
Forgotten Extasy Smoothie
Raw Chocolate and Orange Tart (or any of the desserts; all of them are heavenly good)
Find it: 1st Floor, 14 Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9DP
Estimated Budget: £25 per person
‘Experience raw’. This is Tanya’s Café motto, and it definitely prepares you for what to expect from that place. Created by Tanya Alekseeva, a detox and raw food expert addressed by the media as one of the UK’s top holistic coaches, Tanya’s Café offers everything that a healthy lifestyle follower could ask for. 100% raw, organic, gluten, sugar and preservatives free dishes is what one could expect. The best part of the menu, however, is not the food, but rather the drinks. Tanya’s Café has the best superfood cocktails in town. Pop up for a matcha-infused Matcharita or a hazelnut infused vodka cocktail. All the spirits and alcohols at Tanya’s Café are vegan, organic and made with superfoods and raw cold-pressed juices. So sit back, relax and enjoy your fancy 100% guilt free cocktail. A real Chelsea experience if you ask me.
A MUST TRY:
My Warrior smoothie
Asia Adventures Salad Bowl
The Sweetie Platter
Thai Curry Kelp Noodles
Estimated Budget: £35- £40 per person
Find it: MyHotel Chelsea, 35 Ixworth Place, SW3 3QX, tanyascafe.com
If you had to visit only one place in Soho that should be Mildreds. Small, the 60's kind of cozy and a little unusual, this fascinating vegetarian place offers the perfect mixture between super healthy dishes for passionate clean-eaters and naughty desserts and cocktails for spoiled bonvivans who love to indulge from time to time. Although Mildreds has a few locations around London, the Soho one is definitely the smallest and the busiest, yet carries the most authentic atmosphere and is my personal favourite. Don’t miss the Sri Lankan Curry (warning: quite spicy), as well as the Baileys Cheesecake that can’t be found on the menu, but rather on the specialties’ board on the wall.
A MUST TRY:
Sri Lankan Sweet Potato and Green Bean Curry
Ricotta and Truffle Tortelloni with Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce
Classic Vegan Smoked Tofu, Lentil and Piquillo Pepper Burger
Find it: 45 Lexington St, London W1F 9AN, United Kingdom
Estimated Budget: £20 per person
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