"Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food," Hippocrates said back in 400 BC. According to his covenant, we suggest you, going on a trip to one of the main gastronomic capitals of the world, instead of a first-aid kit, arm yourself with this guide. Food made with healthy, fresh ingredients is delicious, among other things. This is exactly what you need if you do not want to count calories. We know exactly where to go in order to feel for ourselves: eating right is not just fashionable, but very pleasant.
In the guide, we have included places in the menu of which there is no meat or, in principle, animal products, or there are vegan-friendly items. They will help you avoid the consequences of gastronomic detachment in the form of weight gain, heaviness and drowsiness - all that spoil the experience of any trip. The secret is simple: plant food is digested much easier and faster than animal food. And due to the fact that due to the lack of meat, fish and poultry, you increase the portion size of the "side dish" - vegetables, fruits, cereals and legumes - you: a) will not go hungry and b) get many times more vitamins and minerals with food. In addition, plant-based products contain qualitatively different (read: healthy) fats and a lot of fiber, which will not only prevent you from gaining weight, but will help bring your metabolism back to normal, improve your well-being and,coupled with a rich tourist program, for which you will definitely have enough strength and physical shape with such a diet. Finally, plant foods are high in carbohydrates, which, however demonized by the proponents of the ketone diet (also known as the "protein diet", "drying", "Atkins diet" or "low carbohydrate"), are necessary for proper brain function, physical activity and, after all, a good mood.
Near Covent Garden: 26Grains
As you might guess from the name, the basis of the menu of the cafe "26 grains" in Neal's Yard (this picturesque cozy courtyard is a must-visit during a visit to the British capital) are cereals, or simply porridge. How else, when the concept of a place is built around the Scandinavian concept of "hygge" (read "hu-ha"), meaning something like: "creating a cozy atmosphere and enjoying good things in a circle of good people" - an analogue of this fashionable the word that was included in the 2016 shortlist of words according to the Oxford Dictionary is not in Russian. Guests at 26Grains enjoy a simple, modern cuisine. The menu includes “sweet” cereals that will be the perfect breakfast or brunch: for example, buckwheat and oatmeal in almond milk with fried rhubarb,granola with cardamom and Greek yogurt (which can be substituted for coconut). If you're not very hungry, grab a salty rye flour brownie or a sandwich with beetroot hummus, walnuts, alfalfa sprouts, and spinach.
No matter how strange combinations of ingredients in dishes may seem to you, do not be afraid to try: combinations that are unusual by ear, once in your mouth, “explode” the taste buds. The cafe menu is regularly updated. For changes, as well as news (26Grains leads an active "social life", taking part in food festivals, as well as organizing master classes), you can follow the Instagram account @ 26grains. Incidentally, 26Grains creator Alex Heli-Hutchinson published a recipe book last year, which is named after the cafe and is sold on amazon.co.uk. With its help, you will learn how to include cereals in your daily diet so that they do not get bored.
Address: 1 Neal's Yard
Near Covent Garden: Wild Food Cafe
26Grains' Neal's Yard, with few exceptions, specializes in raw food cuisine. Even burgers and cakes have not seen stoves and ovens here. But they, or rather, what they are made of - vegetables, nuts, seeds, herbs, fruits - saw the caring hands of the owners of the family farms on which they were grown. Naturally, all the ingredients are organic, which is not uncommon for such restaurants. But for updating the menu once a quarter in accordance with the principle of the seasonality of products, as well as the needs of the body at a certain time of the year, Wild Food Cafe receives additional points. For example, now the menu contains dishes with nettles: juices, soups, tea with nettle leaves. And you can cook quinoa with nettles, wild garlic and saffron when you return home - there is a recipe on the cafe's website. Also in the spring, wabi-sabi salad with kale and kimchi kale, baked sweet potatoes with cajun seasoning with garlic aioli, mystical hot chocolate with pumpkin seed milk with cardamom and medicinal mushroom and white chocolate tart appeared on the menu. with goji berries.
Another feature of this city landmark is its unusual seating. The restaurant does not have tables for two or even four: guests are seated at large long tables with benches. Thus, Wild Food Cafe relieves visitors from the loneliness and isolation of a resident of a large city and helps strangers who are united by love of food to exchange ideas, establish connections, start new projects and relationships.
By the way, Wild Food Cafe has a YouTube channel - with short videos on topics close to the concept of a place - health and nutritional education - and the life of the cafe.
Address: 1st Floor, 14 Neal's Yard, Covent Garden
Near Hyde Park: The Dorchester
The Grill Restaurant
No wonder that one of the best hotels in the British capital is ready to fulfill every whim of its guests. Granola, which is offered here for breakfast and tastes better than which, quite possibly, you have never tried and will not try anywhere else, you will be offered as many as three alternatives to cow's milk: almond, soy and rice. The request of the guests has happily expanded the possibilities for guests who have stopped by one of the restaurants of the legendary The Dorchester. Thus, The Grill, which serves European cuisine, began to offer a special menu for vegans. And in the living room of The Promenade, if you book in advance, you will be prepared for an amazing vegan afternoon tea: sandwiches, skuns (instead of butter - whipped sunflower), cakes, pudding and tea with any of your favorite types of plant milk - everything as it should be. Given that The Dorchester afternoon teas are perfect and sophisticated, finding a place where you can experience the tradition is no longer a matter of course.
Another attraction of The Dorchester, Alain Ducasse's Michelin-starred restaurant of the same name, also offers green options, such as à lParisienne à laute (tender mashed potatoes) and gratinated (crispy baked) spelled with artichokes and chard - now you know where to taste healthy haute cuisine in a new evening dress.
We prophesy the incredible popularity of the hotel's latest innovation - the Balance, Energy, Proein Boost and Light bento boxes. They are offered at The Spatisserie Spa Café, The Promenade Restaurant and delivered to your room. Bento - food served in boxes with precisely adjusted proportions of ingredients - comes from Japan, whose population from year to year scientists call the healthiest people on the planet. The set includes fresh vegetables, protein (it could be tofu) and superfoods. Each box consists of a drink, salad, main course and dessert - a healthy pudding. In addition to the above, guests can also create their own bento box with a choice of side dishes: steamed spinach, garden salad and a mix of vegetables with pesto.
Address: 53 Park Ln, Mayfair
Best shopping area: Juicebaby
While walking around Chelsea, check out Juicebaby. This cafe specializes in cold-pressed juices from organic vegetables and fruits. You can be sure that the refrigerator is always filled with bottles of juices prepared in the morning of the same day - this is the institution's principled position. Juicebaby is perfect for a snack: you walk up to the fridge of salads, soups and sandwiches along the wall, grab your favorites, pay at the checkout, and eat on site or take with you. Like any self-respecting health food cafe, Juicebaby has a rich list of smoothies to replace meals. The most satisfying ones are made with nut butters: almond or peanut.
Juicebaby is also worth stopping by if you really want something sweet, but without unhealthy fats and refined sugar. With the onset of warmth, the local vegan popsicle covered with a thick layer of delicious chocolate is very popular. You can find out about the start of Juicebaby's ice cream season on Instagram @juicebabyuk. During the colder months, vegans with a sweet tooth drop in for Two Bite Brownies, Raw Pumpkin Pie, British Mince Crumble Pie Hybrid, Chocolate Crisps and Caramel Bars. All this, mind you, is made exclusively from cereals, nuts, dried fruits and fresh fruits using natural sweeteners (agave and maple syrup, carob) and spices. Lots of pleasure and no fatty butter, eggs or milk.
Address: 1 Neal's Yard
In Soho: Yorica
The oceanfront hippie café is a pleasure to sip on coconut water on the way from the British Museum to ChinTown. But people from all over London flock to Yorica! not for this: ice cream, frozen yogurt and necks (as well as cones and various toppings), which are prepared here, do not contain the most common food allergens: milk, eggs, nuts and gluten, while their taste is indistinguishable from “ordinary ". The main ingredients of Yorica! Ice cream are rice milk, coconut cream, vanilla bean paste, seaweed to give the ice cream the desired consistency, and natural guar gum thickener. If you have any doubts about the "edibility" of such desserts, take a look at @yoricamoments (most importantly, not on an empty stomach). The assortment of ice cream flavors, of which there are more than a dozen, is sometimes changed or supplemented,so they don't get bored with regular visitors. Although, it is difficult to imagine that someone could try all possible combinations of ice cream flavors and toppings: you are invited to complement your dessert with waffles, chocolate chips, caramel sauce, sweet-salty popcorn, caramel crumbs “exploding” in your mouth, gummy bears, marshmallows, cookies, pomegranate seeds, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, mangoes and passionfruit. And recently a novelty appeared on the menu - crepes, sweet spring rolls.pomegranate seeds, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, mangoes and passionfruit. And recently a novelty appeared on the menu - crepes, sweet spring rolls.pomegranate seeds, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, mangoes and passionfruit. And recently a novelty appeared on the menu - crepes, sweet spring rolls.
Address: 130 Wardour Street
In Notting Hill: Farm Girl Cafe
Most likely, you have already heard about Farm Girl Cafe if you are subscribed to at least one of the British beauty bloggers (in this "heaven of Instagram stars" - this applies to both the interior and the food - you have repeatedly "checked in" @ amelialian and @tanyaburr) or you know the name of Alexandra Novikova, the author of the How to Green project. This place has become a mecca for opinion leaders living in Kensington, and not only because Londoners adore dogs, but this cafe has a dog-friendly policy - the French bulldog of its owners, named Bronte, is often in the cafe. Café Chef Benoit Mormuaton has experience working in Michelin restaurants and serving several very important persons, whose names are known to everyone.
Rose Mann, one of the two owners of the establishment, grew up on an agricultural farm near Melbourne, and Farm Girl Cafe is a stronghold of Australia, which made sports and healthy eating for the inhabitants of the distant mainland as natural as it is natural for them to breathe. By the way, it is great to breathe here even in cloudy weather - thanks to the huge windows from floor to ceiling. From the menu, if you find yourself here in the morning, we advise you to order pancakes, and at any time - a latte with rose petals. And those looking for the perfect avocado toast in London found it at Farm Girl Cafe: creamy avocado on crispy toast made from homemade bread. The cafe also prides itself on the traditional BLT sandwich (bacon for bacon, lettuce for lettuce and tomato for tomatoes) with coconut bacon,cashew and guacamole sour cream and Farm Girl cereal made from wheat flakes with chia seeds, coconut, avocado and a superfood blend rich in omega acids. Finally, you can try schnitzel without chicken here: it is made from ground almonds and chestnuts.
Address: 59Portobello Rd
Off Tourist Routes: CookDaily & Home Shoreditch and CookDaily Croydon
Everything is unusual at the vegan café CookDaily & Home Shoreditch: from the location - in the cargo container of the Boxpark shopping center in the most famous hipster district of London for its graffiti - to the insanely popular local High Grade dish - a stir-fry made of vegetables fried on hemp oil, with sweet and sour barbecue sauce and seasoned with herbal and hemp seed crumble. CookDaily is distinguished from other vegan establishments by the author's approach to the menu: Chef Bunsu Senatit, better known as the "King", has the cuisines of restaurants marked by the Michelin guide. The scourge of veganism is considered by King to be the boredom caused by similar green hippie cafes. Therefore, in his institution, Bunsu does not allow mediocrity. CookDaily & Home does not limit itself to national identification:Here you can taste Caribbean, French and traditional English cuisine. For example, the spicy YogFire curry of chickpeas and sweet potatoes with turmeric and dal stewed in golden milk, or The Infamous green curry, the recipe for which the chef borrowed from his mother. There are many musicians among King's friends, so it is quite possible that the headliner of the most fashionable parties in the city will be sitting at the table next to you. The popularity of this place has contributed to the expansion of the coverage area: in October 2016, a second CookDaily cafe appeared in Boxpark Croydon, and a third is planned to open in the near future.the recipe which the chef borrowed from his mother. There are many musicians among King's friends, so it is quite possible that the headliner of the most fashionable parties in the city will be sitting at the table next to you. The popularity of this place has contributed to the expansion of the coverage area: in October 2016, a second CookDaily cafe appeared in Boxpark Croydon, and a third is planned to open in the near future.the recipe which the chef borrowed from his mother. There are many musicians among King's friends, so it is quite possible that the headliner of the most fashionable parties in the city will sit at the table next to you. The popularity of this place has contributed to the expansion of the coverage area: in October 2016, a second CookDaily cafe appeared in Boxpark Croydon, and a third is planned to open in the near future.
CookDaily & Home Shoreditch Address: Boxpark, 2-4 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY
CookDaily Croydon Address: Unit 27 Boxpark, 99 George Street, Croydon CR0 1LD
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