Well, London was a very different experience.
Although I adore you, France, and all your fromage, I also enjoy eating plants. A lot. And London was the perfect, veg-friendly city to visit for a long weekend of good food, great friends, and a whole lot of afternoon tea.
Arriving at King’s Cross station, I walked to The Greek Larder for some eastern Mediterranean food from founder Theodore Kyriakou. The product-driven menu focuses on simple, clean flavors and seasonal ingredients, all reminiscent of the Athens street food Kyriakou grew up eating.
Mézethes are essentially the Greek version of tapas. Served in small plates and meant to be shared, these dishes are not technically appetizers, although they are often served in a similar way.
I chose two: a saffron bean soup with galomyzithra (Cretan creamy cheese) and kefalotyri cheese with olive paste, black sesame seeds, and wild thyme honey.
I also opted for a beetroot salad with dill yogurt and Aegina pistachios.
I know I’ve said this a zillion times before, but I LOVE BREAKFAST. And when it came to our morning meals, London didn’t disappoint.
Hygee is a Scandanavian concept alluding to feelings of coziness when relaxing with friends and loved ones. 26 Grains, a hole-in-the-wall café in the Covent Garden neighborhood, serves what they refer to as “Bowls of Hygee” in the form of grain-based dishes combining traditional Nordic spices, unrefined sweeteners, nut or coconut milk, and toppings ranging from seasonal fruit and nuts to homemade compotes and granolas.
Along with a matcha almond millk smoothie, I feasted on this almond milk oat, barley, and rye blend with blood orange compote, granola, and a dollop of Greek yogurt.
The Good Life Eatery keeps it simple, clean, and fresh by prioritizing local and sustainably-sourced ingredients. Their menu includes a wide selection of breakfast bowls, superfood salads, sandwiches, soups, and breads.
I chose a coconut yogurt bowl with granola, nuts, berries, and a sprinkle of bee pollen. I also ordered a side of avocado chili toast on wheat-free chia and flax seed bread.
Farm Girl Café is an Australian-inspired eatery steps away from the Portobello Market in the heart of Notting Hill.
I added cacao nibs and creamy almond butter to my millet porridge with chia seeds and a pinch of Himalayan sea salt. Not pictured: loose-leaf mint tea.
There was no way I was leaving London without hopping across Hyde Park to eat at the Mae Deli. Co-founded by the one and only Deliciously Ella, the deli focuses on plant-based dishes using simple ingredients, all of which are wheat, dairy, and refined-sugar free.
I created my own “Mae Bowl” out of 4 cold salads: maple roasted sweet potatoes, beetroot hummus, ginger kale/broccoli salad, and mixed white beans with salasa verde.
LabOrganic is a cold-pressed juice store and experimental plant-based kitchen in Covent Garden. I chose the Green Detox salad with kale, microgreens, sprouts, cucumber, green pepper, avocado, hemp seeds, broccoli, oranges, and lots of herbs.
This raw carrot cake cupcake was the perfect way to end the weekend. Just look at it! No white flour or refined sugar to be found. Just carrots, dates, walnuts, oats, coconut oil, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and cashews. Yes, yes, and yes.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
- Where are your favorite places to eat in London?