Eating healthily has always been of huge importance, and yet there seems to be a turn in the times that’s seeing people actually abiding by this knowledge, swapping potato smilers and baked beans for avo and quinoa bowls with dustings of pine nuts. And here at The Handbook we’re all aboard the healthy bus, especially as London is a playground when it comes to #healthy food choices. So here’s proof that there’s more to healthy than smoothies with green hues and beetroot positioned neatly on salad leaves. Here are our favourite picks when it comes to London’s healthiest restos…
The foodie haven that is Soho houses new Scarlett Green, located on the metropolitan Noel Street. A short drift from the tube past the buzz of diners and drinkers. If you’ve taken a “gap-yah” to Aus and have been dreaming of those crystal coast lines, shrimps on the barbie and cork hats ever since, Scarlett Green is a good bet at helping to take you back, without the air miles and cost! The menu draws on Melbourne and Sydney café culture, with a range of small and large plates of food as imaginative and easy on the eye as the art lining the walls. They cater for foodies all round, with vegan and vegetarian options galore. For more health, health, health you can try out their sister Darcie & May Green too!
Where: 4 Noel Street, Soho, W1F 8GB
Back in 2015 Farm Girl opened their first site in Notting Hill, last year they launched their concession at the Sweaty Betty Carnaby Street flagship and then the restaurant, known for its healthy Australian-inspired menu, opened between the Kings Road and Fulham Road. So, which healthy goodies are on offer? Well, during the day you’ll find the brunches and super lattes that they are known for, including: chai lattes; rose lattes; apple pancakes with coconut yoghurt; açai bowls with chia seeds and oven baked aubergine with chickpea sauce, mint and tahini yoghurt dressing. And, to top things off, it’s a pretty Instagrammable setting; picture pink marble tops, green leather seating and illustrated arches, so it’s an over-all people pleaser and we’re totally loving all of their healthy venues.
Where: 59A Portobello Rd, London W11 3DB
Healthy food is all good and well but how about some flashy views thrown in? We’re talking about Aqua Kyoto, a restaurant notably positioned adjacent to the city skyline and sure to swoop you to new heights where Japanese cuisine is concerned. The wow-worthy views from the fifth floor of the former Dickins & Jones building can be enjoyed with imaginative and modern Japanese cuisine. Prepare for sushi and sashimi presented beautifully as well as an array of hot dishes. The dishes champion a ‘root to leaf’ methodology inspired by ikigai philosophy, that points to a purposeful lifestyle. We know our lives certainly have a purpose to go try this out!
Where: 30 Argyll Street, London W1F 7EB, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Oxford Circus (0.1 miles)
Some restaurants just have healthy sounding names – Temakinho is one of them! The food that combines Brazalian and Japanese influence is so hugely rich in flavour that you almost doubt its promise of healthy food offerings. Here, you’ll find flamboyant everything, with colours bouncing off the plates and tropical prints adorning the inside. It’s like a party everywhere, including in your mouth. On offer there’s sushi rolls of all degrees, Brazilian tapas and surprises thrown in inclusive of fruit and a focus on mint as a flavour. So, if pokepanders to your preference and you’re all about things that have that citrusy, fresh zing, it’s Temakinho.
Where: 10 Old Compton Street
, W1D 4TF
by CHLOE is the super successful US-based, plant-based, fast-casual restaurant that took London by storm when it landed here at the end of last year. If by CHLOE’s reputation hasn’t preceded it, the menu is 100% vegan favouring big salads, brunch dishes like quinoa hash browns, and wholesome burgers and sandwiches plus a few quirkier dishes like tofu fish and chips. The UK is in desperate need of restaurants like by CHLOE and its popularity hasn’t surprised us!
Where: Drury House, 34-43, Russell Street, WC2B 5HA
We couldn’t really write a healthy foods guide and not include Detox Kitchen, of all places. That said, it’d always smuggle its way onto our food lists in some respect because we simply love it! The fancy pants deli is an idyllic spot for a boujee, health-fuelled lunch that’ll leave you feeling incredibly energised for the remainder of the day. So, why so healthy you enquire? Well, all of their dishes are wheat, dairy and refined sugar free (and they taste great – bonus?) What’s more, you can enjoy the fine arrangement of meals after a work out downstairs in the fitness studio. Talking about killing two birds with one (avocado) stone!
Where: Unit 5, Linford Street Business Estate, SW8 4AB
As soon as you say sushi bowls, health kinda walks hand-in-hand, which is why Bermondsey-based Omoide has made it onto our list. The restaurant is brand spanking new on the London foodie front, and promotes Japanese cuisine with offerings of rice, fish and vegetable based rice bowls, alongside sumptuous sigantures dishes like the ‘The Humble Chicken’, made with dashi-braised chicken, umami mushrooms, shichimi mayo and spicy beansprouts.
Where: 126 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3HS
Sometimes it does feel like there’s a science behind healthy eating – Rihanna even hooks herself up to a drip when she needs a bit of a health boost (well, Hippocrates did state ‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’). Farmacy, Notting Hill’s trendiest health restaurant, doesn’t go quite that far but the Farmaceutical Syringe Shots do look quite intense. Designed to be squirted straight into a glass, pick from the O.M.G., Beautify or for a real hit, the Fire Starter. Not one for the faint hearted, ginger, tumeric, cayenne and lemon will sort your hangover right out.
Where: 74-76 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W2 5SH
The Raw Bar at Victoria Street’s M Victoria have transformed into the ultimate healthy eating restp in town, from the air in your lungs to the food in your stomach. And, this January, M Victoria is offering diners a gluten-free good-gut Korean Kick Start menu which will feature Wild Fizz Kombucha pairings. The experience is set to be a breath of fresh air – no literally! The Raw Bar use Radic8 air sterilisation technology allowing guests to breathe in only the cleanest of oxygen during their visit!
Where: 3 Zig Zag Building, 70 Victoria Street, SW1E 6SQ
Like the other restaurants, The Gate Marylebone showcases vegetarian food at its best with an innovative menu putting vegetables centre stage. Diners can expect established favourites such as aubergine miso and a tofu-based salad alongside new additions to the menu. The Gate’s Executive Chef works closely with the restaurant’s founder, Michael Daniel, to develop exciting and innovative dishes which cater to vegetarians and vegans, as well as bring the enjoyment of vegetarian food to non-vegetarians so The Gate truly is suitable for all foodies.
Where: 22-24 Seymour Place, Marylebone, W1H 7NL