London is known for its indulgences but London’s healthy cuisine is as sumptuous as its naughty side. From raw restaurants to gluten-free afternoon teas, here are ten restaurants that allow you to dine out on a diet in London.
Maple & Fitz
Juice Bar, Fusion, Healthy
Maple & Fitz has become Fitzrovia’s go-to destination for nourishing, substantial salads, grain bowls and nutritious treats. Simple and warm, the layout is inspired by the maple tree, which symbolises generosity, balance and promise. Chef Adria Wu, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu, re-imagines familiar classics such as the Julius Caesar, which takes shredded kale and cabbage, romaine, mange tout and buckwheat and finishes it with Pecorino and a Dijon-lemon yoghurt. Whichever dish you choose, and whatever add ons you go for, you’ll have a colourful, balanced and wholesome dish.
For a restaurant that presents all its dishes raw, this is one cosy nook. As soon as you enter, you’re hit with a creamy, homely smell; and the food certainly doesn’t disappoint. All of the ingredients used in NAMA are vegan, organic, unprocessed and wheat-and-dairy-free, but you won’t find a bowl of crudités here. From pad Thai to a beautifully presented Mexican wrap, your favourite foods come without the guilt. Try the raw pizza for a special and healthy treat.
Tiny Leaf is an organic, vegetarian, zero-waste restaurant. Its concept is to turn surplus food donated by local food suppliers into a guilt-free dining experience. For lunch, the meat-free dishes are dreamt up along with the morning’s delivery; and they’ll be served in both the casual brasserie and more formal dining space, The Green Room. Although the menu changes daily, expect to see dishes like a red and golden beetroot salad with crisp sage and parsnip; courgetti with hemp pesto toasted almond & rye wafer accompanied by a butter bean ragu, tomatoes and homemade paneer.
Specifically crafted by Sanderson’s Executive Chef, Matthew Marshall, and nutritionist Karen Cummings-Palmer, the Nourish menu at The Restaurant at Sanderson Hotel cuts out refined carbohydrates and sugars in favour of locally-sourced, seasonal and organic produce. Whether enjoying a hit of Vitamin B and iron with succulent wild venison, shiitake mushrooms and black rice or indulging with coconut and banana ice cream packed with health-boosting ingredients, the Nourish menu re-defines comfort food.
Cutting out certain parts of an indulgent diet doesn’t mean you have to compromise on luxury. Town House restaurant in The Kensington Hotel, for instance, has tailor-made its afternoon treat for gluten-free visitors. You’ll choose from a selection of rare teas and enjoy sandwiches, scones and bites designed for the clean eater. This deliciously healthy alternative is served in the newly refurbished drawing room with its magnificent bay windows, streaming light, chandeliers and open fires – a perfect setting for a winter’s afternoon.
Showcasing innovative and thoughtful food, the Indigo menu uses only the finest seasonal ingredients and is entirely gluten and dairy-free. Healthy meets hearty in a menu that ranges from quinoa, Jerusalem artichoke, pomegranate and smoked almonds salad to beer-battered day-boat fish and hand cut chips. Gluten and dairy alternatives used in the dishes include almond milk, coconut oil, buckwheat flower, olive oil and rice milk, which maintain creamy, buttery flavours and light textures.
While fine dining in a Japanese-style setting has been embraced almost too tightly in London, the delicious menu from aqua kyoto is enough to revitalise even the weariest winter diners. Channelling health and wellbeing, Aqua Kyoto‘s Head Chef Paul Greening has developed a unique and exciting tea-infused menu. Each dish on the three-course menu cleverly incorporates the subtle flavours of different teas. The warming mugicha tea infused spicy Japanese vegetable Gohan is paired with Huiming Spring, a green tea with a beautifully creamy texture and sweet pea and asparagus flavour, balancing the dish’s delicate flavours.
This exceptionally bright and airy restaurant can be found in the heart of The Wallace Collection, a national museum in an historic London townhouse. The chefs are as creatively-minded as the curators, and only the freshest, seasonal ingredients make it onto the menu. Try the heritage beetroot, goats curd & hazelnuts with a merlot vinegar for a stand-out winter treat.
Food blogger extraordinaire Deliciously Ella has opened the doors to a new London go-to for healthy eating, the Mae Deli. Owned and run by Matthew and Ella, the deli has a ten-point philosophy that encourages its diners to focus on plants, and discourages them from going for anything that ‘your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognise as food’. That’s solid advice for eating out and about and at home.
Innovative, sustainable, and eclectic, the menu at Grain Store champions small suppliers who focus on the quality, not quantity of their output. While being a self-proclaimed ‘exploded kitchen,’ the restaurant a flexible space that blurs the lines between kitchen and dining room, with elements of the cooking process spilling over to the table.