Eating out and staying healthy can be a problem, with the temptations of the bread basket and wine list breaking even the strongest of restraints. Well, fear no more, we’ve found the healthiest places to dine in the capital that don’t compromise on taste or threaten your waistline…
The brainchild of superfood chef and yoga teacher Julie Montagu, Bumpkin’s Healthy Options menu is filled with plant-based, guilt free choices. Expect superfood salads and quinoa pancakes for dinner, and for weekend brunch a Green Goddess smoothie bowl or chia pudding. Furthermore, if you’re dining with any meat lovers, Bumpkin’s seasonal menu offers plenty of less virtuous options to keep them happy.
Best For: Eating out with the ‘non-healthies,’ in your life.
Aiming to blow away the misconception that vegan food is boring, London’s only ‘artisan raw food restaurant,’ offers organic, unprocessed alternatives to comfort food favourites from pizza to curry. The food is just made to be Instagrammed here, with artful presentation, bright colours AND delicious flavours, plus can we mention they do the best vegan blueberry cheesecake in town.
Best For: Luxe Vegan Dining.
In case you’ve missed the fuss about the Paleo diet, Paleothic eating focuses on the food that cavemen ate with grains, refined sugar, wheat and alcohol off the menu. Pure Taste, the new fine-dining spot in the heart of Notting Hill, offers Michelin Star-style food with a Paleo twist. Expect gourmet dishes such as seabass with citrus fruits and fennel, or your very own personalised Pure Taste vegetable garden, followed by a completely guilt free chocolate lava cake.
Best For: Meat lovers, though there are plenty of plant-based options available.
Located just off Sloane Square in the Belgraves hotel, Pont St is headed up by Britain’s youngest female head chef Sophie Michell, previously of Channel 4’s ‘Cook Yourself Thin’. Offering a range of nutritious yet delicious choices, this is healthy luxe at it’s best – feast on a superfood salad filled with quinoa, pomegranate and mint whilst the less virtuous diner can tuck into Lobster Bisque spaghetti.
Best For: Fine-dining minus any guilt.
A favourite amongst health foodies, there is a reason that Soho institution Mildreds has constant queues round the block – the unbeatable taste. Serving internationally inspired vegetarian food, this is the restaurant to take any reluctant herbivores too, we dare them not to be impressed by the range of flavours, plus the best Sweet Potato and Cashew Curry in town.
Best For: Vegetarian comfort food at it’s best. Mildreds is a great place to take carnivores, they won’t miss meat at all here.
Bringing South America to the heart of East London, Ceviche’s little sister offers Peruvian menus paired with British produce in bitesize portions, allowing you to sample a variety of different tastes without overindulging. For anyone forgoing alcohol, the restaurant also offers a range of fresh juices to pair with your supper.
Best For: A night out with girlfriends.
Grain Store puts vegetables first on it’s extensive menu, meaning you know you’re in healthy hands. Celebrating your 5-a-day, chef Bruno Loubert’s restaurant is a must-visit for any bonafide foodie. Choose from veg-centric dishes, including cauliflower and pickled cucumber salad or celeriac and hay mousse tartlet, all served up in a stunning Victorian warehouse.
Best For: Flavour, the food here will set your tastebuds alight.
If you love alcohol but aren’t such a fan of the sugar content or guilt, then we have found your answer. Serving up superfood cocktails, Tanya’s Cafe in Chelsea has taken classic sugar-filled drinks and given them a healthy, clean twist – adding cold-pressed juice, superfoods and organic alcohol to the mix. We recommend the ‘What The Doctor Ordered,’ complete with chia seed float or the ‘Acai Ya Tomorrow,’ containing a creamy mixture of peanut butter and banana.
Best For: A cocktail and snack, we can never resist Tanya’s range of raw desserts and healthy bites.
Ottolenghi fans nationwide flock to Nopi for the chefs trademark Middle Eastern cuisine. The perfect destination for a healthy dinner out, this luxe restaurant is worth a visit for the interiors alone, not to mention the flavours on offer. We recommend the courgette and manouri fritters, coriander seed-crusted burrata with slices of blood orange, and twice-cooked baby chicken with lemon myrtle salt and chilli jam. Can we just say Yum!
Best For: The most stylish interiors in town, alongside healthy plates of goodness.
Wild Food Cafe
Hidden away in Neal’s Yard, Wild Food Cafe’s sharing tables and relaxed vibe may not make it the ideal date night, but it is worth a visit for the desserts alone. Serving raw, unprocessed vegan food this is truly where healthy meets delicious, we recommend the falafel served in a dehydrated coconut wrap and the superfood salad with creamy avocado.
Best For: A casual dinner post-work.
words: Harriet Tisdall