The environment is a fabulous place, and one we need to keep ticking if we’re going to enjoy it to the full! And, it seems, people are beginning to jump all aboard the save the planet train, as plastic bendy straws get replaced with pasta and paper, and cut backs are made on excess portions, to reduce food waste. So, we’ve trailed the London restaurant scene to find the best menus that are sticking their middle finger up to waste, plastic and more. Enjoy…
Ever thought about eating a banana skin? No, me neither. But vegan pioneers, Kalifornia Kitchen are on a mission to develop a zero waste menu and their first port o’call is banana skins! Their banana skin tacos are filled with pulled banana skin bathed in hickory smoked barbecue sauce, topped with rainbow slaw and house mayo, mmm!
Mews of Mayfair sources their beef from Yorkshire-based Swaledale Foods where the cattle is reared in a completely free-range environment, feeding on grass, hay and silage. All of the meat is succulent and full of flavour and is hung for between 28 to 45 days in their Himalayan salt walled drying fridges. So if you fancy a slab of meat that’ll pack in a flavour punch, you know where to head.
If you’re in search of an idyllic resto for your ma’s 60th and want to make sure the menu is going to be environmentally friendly, 116 Mall Pall is the perfect location. Their in-house caterer Benugo takes sustainability to the next level working had to ensure every menu, dish, even ingredient is in-season and where possible from local suppliers.
Their meat is British, eggs are free-range and fruit and veg from a single UK supplier too! And it doesn’t stop there! For years now they’ve used the ‘single truck’ delivery system ensuring as few vehicles as possible are used, bonus!
Where: 116 Pall Mall, Westminster, London, SW1Y 5ED, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Charing Cross (0.3 miles)
When you open your doors for London’s first Climate Action Week, it’s pretty certain you’ll keep up the sustainability. That’s exactly what ARBORETUM did. This independent members’ club is dedicated to people who care about the planet, creating a space where they can convene, create and collaborate, bringing together people who’re committed to solving solutions to environmental challenges. And, it’s shown just as much through their food offerings too.
At LIBRARY, you’ll find an array of sustainably charged menus. Saint Luke’s Table offers fine dining with all of their menus using the best of seasonal produce and is, of course, locally sourced. They’ve even got a menu dedicated to veganism, utilising the best of British veg. While The Plant Deli offers a selection of plant-powered dishes, free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals, but still packed with flavour.
When a restaurant is known for its steak, their vegetarian options aren’t something you often think about. But tucked away at M Victoria Street, you’ll find M RAW, a 100% vegetarian and gluten-free restaurant. Executive Chef Oleg Ibragimov has created a menu championing vegetarianism and the gluten-free lifestyle using natural ingredients and sustainable, organic produce.
If you’re wanting a pasta hit without the bloated belly, dive into the courgette spaghettini nestled with roasted vegetables, basil pesto and pine nuts. Another highlight of menu is their pulse burger that can be served naked or packed into a GF bun, paired with sweet potato chips and herby vegan mayo.
Where: Zig Zag Building, 74 Victoria Street, Westminster, SW1E 6SQ
Nearest station: St. James's Park (0.3 miles)
Created out of Spanish twins Alberto and Arian Zandi’s love of traditional tapas dishes, Zuaya builds on this infusing punchy Latin American flavours from Peru, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. As you walk inside you’re transported into a tropical paradise, a far cry from the rainy streets of London you’ve left lingering behind the door. Not only does Zuaya deliver on delicious taste and freshness, they also source their food directly from suppliers who have certifications to attest to their organic or sustainable procedures.
Following the slow food philosophy promoting local produce and traditional cooking, Petersham Nurseries soaks up the best of British produce with hints to Italian flavours and meat sourced from Haye Farm. Food waste is a rising issue and Petersham Nurseries is tackling the issue face on with an aerobic food digester at their Covent Garden branch turning food waster into water (magic!) which ultimately removes the need for waste bins. Impressive huh?
At their Richmond branch, menu highlights at the Petersham Nurseries Café include: spiced marinated quail with apricot chutney and Haye Farm salad; lemon sole with girolles, chapters, marsh samphire, chard and Amalfi lemon; and their chargrilled Haye Farm pork with pickled onions, garlic, garden gooseberries and rocket. While over at The Petersham in Covent Garden dining highlights include; Haye Farm beef tartar with hen’s egg yolk, horseradish and nasturtiums; Petersham fish stew with monkfish, cuttlefish, mussels and datterini tomatoes; and their Salk baked hake for two is as gorgeous as it sounds.
Find out more about their philosophy and ethos here
The world’s most ethical pub? Well that’s certainly a claim all right! The Green Vic, by The Better World Group, uses only ethical suppliers, mainly nonprofits and social enterprises. Their food is seriously good too. The Grill Green experts have been working their magic to produce a tantalisingly good vegan junk food range to dig your nashers into. Think meaty soy patties, Chkn shish wraps and cheez bites.
Their ethical ethos doesn’t stop at food and drink. One in four of the staff employed at The Green Vic are from a vulnerable or disadvantaged background.
And One To Look Out For...
Brighton’s renowned SILO is soon to be relocating to the big smoke following a crowdfunding campaign for its planned new home in Hackney Wick. They’ve partnered with Crate Brewery to open at their Hackney Wick taproom. So what’s their deal? Well SILO is dedicated to respecting the environment and the way food is generated. Oh, and they’re zero waste! All of their produce and ingredients is delivered in reusable vessels like crates, pails or urns. We certainly can’t wait to try their exciting menu!
Opening in September
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