My Top Secret Places to Eat Local, Organic and Raw Food in London.
If you think raw food is only for a bunch of counter-culture hippies dressed in rainbow kaftans eating hemp muesli, I hope the Wildfood Café will seduce your senses, and tantalise your taste buds.
Be warned, the food on offer should come with a warning – we will seduce you with food that is – colourful, exquisitely pretty, and outrageously imaginative – in a sort of Alice Through The Looking Glass sort of way. This is food that is so healthy and vibrantly delicious – that you will think you have fallen down the rabbit hole; but do come prepared to do a lot of slow, careful chewing.
Sit at the bustling bar or at one of the big tables looking out of one of the most famous courtyards in London and feast on sunshine, infused pea and mint soup with sundried tomato crackers that are so yummy, you will want to live on them. Then try the Living Falafel, which are nothing like any idea of falafel you have ever tasted before. Just be prepared for a riot of colour, tastes and textures that will leave you feeling full and oddly happy.
You can add a thoroughly delicious glass or biodynamic wine or an Ecstatic Smoothie with raw cacao, date and the rum is optional. If you like the idea of pure, unadulterated pleasure, this is it.
Wildfood Café, Neal’s Yard,
1st Floor,14, Neal’s Yard,
London WC2 H 9DP
Price of for Lunch for one from £8 – £20 plus with wine.
Flat Planet is the kind of café come diner and all-round great hangout that has almost become extinct in our increasingly homogenized world. It is quirky, and a bit rough around the edges, and offers simple, delicious food using high quality artisan, British and organic ingredients at great prices. They play cool music too. Try the wonderful flatbreads with tangy falafel or citrus infused chicken. I also urge you to sample the orange rooibosh tea, which is so delicate, floral and delicious, it will make you smile.
Even better, they do the most extraordinary croissant, made from organic spelt from Roger Saul’s Sharpham Park Farm in Somerset – www.sharphampark.com The croissant is pleasingly nutty with a hint of sweetness – and it isn’t in the slightest bit greasy. Apparently, it took the chef ages to get the recipe just right. (Saul is the man who created the Mulberry fashion empire). When I first stumbled across this quirky gem, I ventured downstairs, and thought I had walked into someone’s home. The cosy downstairs room is an enticing hotchpotch of mismatched sofas, a piano and plump bags of Sharpham spelt. Away from busy times, and with free WiFi, it makes the perfect office on the move for The Ethical Hedonist!
When to go – Look out for the Open Mike Sessions, which are advertised on the notice boards, or just ask the friendly staff. This is a great place for an affordable supper, afternoon tea – or go for breakfast and try the healthy, fruitful compotes.
39, Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7JG
(Just a hope and a skip from Liberty or Carnaby St).
Prices – Main courses from £5.95
Cup of Tea – £1.50