London's Best Healthy Eating Restaurants
All In London's list of London's best Healthy Eating Restaurants
On the whole, it's fair to say that London is a city which gives plenty of opportunity for its inhabitants to be a healthy. As, for every fast food burger joint and fried chicken house there's a smoothie bar and salad emporium... with associated Virgin Active gym.
However, healthy food doesn't always have the best reputation when it comes to flavour... maybe the idea of mung bean and alfalfa salad doesn't cut it with many of you, so we've put together a list of restaurants which don't just serve healthy food - but blinkin' tasty, healthy food.
75 Bishops Bridge Road W2 6BGThis chain of Indian restaurants uses little oil and no cream in their cooking. Ordering a thali is a good way of getting a balanced meal comprising rice, vegetables, a chapati, dal and a salad. Also ideal for those on a budget.
21 Romilly Street W1D 5AFUnusually for a Michelin-starred chef, Alexis Gauthier puts the calorie count of each dish on the menu. He is also a big fan of vegetables so they are rarely treated as a mere accompaniment. The reason is that Alain Ducasse-trained Gauthier was diagnosed with fatty liver disease in 2010, and he's had to watch what he eats ever since. For diners this means they can enjoy fine dining while keeping an eye on their waistline.
Mela 8/10Our Rating
152-156 Shaftesbury Avenue WC2H 8JBMela keep the fat and oil content in their dishes to a minimum. Rather than focus on a specific region, the menu features dishes from all over India, with more unusual treats like lobster pepper fry curry and potatoes stuffed with cashew nuts and cooked in the tandoor oven.
inSpiral lounge 8/10Our Rating
Camden High Street NW1 8QSCamden's inSpiral proves to sceptics that healthy, vegan/raw food can be delicious and varied too. Raw food is cooked at under 46 degrees, meaning most nutrients are preserved. inSpiral's alternative to crisps are dehydrated kale chips, which might not sound like the sexiest of foods but are in fact incredibly moreish, and come in different flavours including cacao and cinnamon and cheesy purple corn.
Hummus Bros 8/10Our Rating
37-63 Southampton Row Bloomsbury WC1B 4DAEvery dish at Hummus Bros is hummus-based, examples include hummus with slow-cooked chunks of beef or tender chicken with sun-dried tomatoes. Eschew pitta bread in favour of gluten-free bread, rice crackers or carrot sticks for a super healthy dinner; and with desserts and salads available too you wonít leave hungry.
Food Secret 7/10Our Rating
59 Broadwick Street Soho W1F 9QQAt Food Secret every item of food has its calorie, fat, protein and carb content clearly labelled. Furthermore, you can watch the nutritional content of your salad or wrap grow as itís being prepared in front of you. There is plenty of seating on the premises or you can grab food to go.
65 Wigmore Street Mayfair W1U 1PZThis Lebanese deli and restaurant has flavoursome dishes like tabbouleh and tagines as well as a range of hot and cold mezze. The naturally healthy Lebanese cuisine offered has earned them a place among the BBCís top 10 healthiest restaurants in the UK.
Wild Food Cafe 8/10Our Rating
14 (1st floor) Neal's Yard WC2H 9DPAt Wild Food Cafť everything is prepared freshly in front of you. The menu is vegetarian, with some vegan and some raw options, and everything is incredible tasty. Cheese comes from Nealís Yard Dairy and some of the fresh ingredients are foraged.
275 Regent Street W1B 2HBLeon may well be the best fast food chain in London. The fish finger wraps have cod and fresh herb tartare sauce, salads have things like mackerel, chicken, quinoa and avocado, meat is carefully sourced, they use olive oil in their cooking and everything has a low GI index, making you feel fuller for longer.
High Street Kensington W8 5SESaf offers a gourmet approach to raw vegan food. They make cheese from cashew nuts and replace cream in dressings with tahini and wasabi; their healthy, innovative approach to cuisine earned them the Evening Standardís Best Vegetarian Restaurant award in 2010.