Maybe it was Friday night’s inevitable half-chicken and chips. Perhaps it’s the fact you’re going away next month and you still, insanely, have visions of having ‘The Bod’. Whatever it is, you need…no...want, to eat somewhere a bit healthier. That doesn’t mean a sandwich bag full of nuts either. No. It would just be nice to go for a good meal and not feel like a pug on valium afterwards. That’s why we’ve written this guide, so you know the places where you can keep it kinda healthy, that are still real tasty.
Andina sounds like the sort of person who eats well and looks after themselves. Which, in our opinion, is half the job done. You can hear it now, can’t you? “We’re just on our way to Andina’s for lunch. No, no, she got back from the yoga retreat last night. Yes, Peru darling. Anyway, I need to pick up some cantaloupe for the salad. Talk in a bit. Kiss kiss.”. Convincing isn’t it? Well it’s true. Andina is the place to go for ceviches, salads, grilled fishes and meat. It’s hard not to find something you like here, darling.
“Ooh I’m really craving some eggs with dandelion greens, almond cream, piquillo peppers, and dukkah” thought (almost) no one ever. Well, more fool us, people. Because Esters thought it. And it tastes really, really good. This Stoke Newington breakfast/lunch spot makes inventive, healthy, and tasty food. Be prepared to queue and compete for a table with some ultra-groomed, baby-monitor-on-my-Apple-Watch sorts. But it’s worth it.
Like its little sibling restaurant Andina, Ceviche is a Peruvian restaurant focused on fresh, feel-good food. Their Soho spot is the original, and is ideal for a kinda healthy dinner with some kinda healthy pisco sours. Come here with a few friends and share a lot of everything.
The main association most people have with vegan food, providing they’re not vegan, is their vegan friend speaking about veganism and the fact - in case you’d forgotten - that they are vegan. That’s five mentions of vegan in one sentence. You know what we mean, right? The thing is, this shouldn’t be a negative when places like Cook Daily exist. They cook all kinds of vegan things - from pies to jerk chicken - but we prefer the Asian options best. Especially their jungle curry. It’s a Boxpark thing, so if you’re looking for table service then it’s not for you. But for value and flavour, it’s hard to beat.
A vegetarian, a pescetarian, and a flexitarian walk into a restaurant. They sit down and order with no problems. That’s because they went to Morito. The Spanish/North African small plates here are perfect for all kinds of diets, and no one is ever going to miss out because it’s all delicious. From fried aubergines with feta to grilled lamb chops, or charred halloumi and chickpea salad - Morito cooks the kind of food that you’d happily eat all day every day.
Mildred’s is vintage Soho It’s like your parents, or anyone who talks about the ‘glory days of London’. Don’t worry though, because Mildred’s continues to be a place worth eating at. With locations in Soho, Camden, King’s Cross, and Dalston, you can get their delicious pies, curries, and small plates all over London. This is good value, good tasting vegetarian food.
There are few things more confusing to Londoners than the concept of a farm. Stick a man in a cow costume, get him to run around on any bit of greenery north of Brent Cross, and within an hour you’d have a line of Upper Street residents willing to pay twenty quid for a visit. Someone at Farm Girl clearly recognised this, because this Notting Hill cafe is doing very well for itself. This is an ideal healthy breakfast and brunch spot for a catch-up over a salad, and a cheeky doughnut.
Back in 2002, when Ottolenghi first arrived in London, British people were still scratching their armpits looking at the inclusion of fruit in a salad with the same suspicion they would reserve for anyone calling the home phone post-8pm. Things have come a long way since then, but Ottolenghi is still one of the best places to get a very tasty salad. The kind you could only dream of making at home. With branches in Belgravia, Notting Hill, Spitalfields, and Islington, it should always be kept in mind.
Alongside sounding like a group of vaguely intimidating girls who linger outside Westfield eating froyo and filming you and the other ‘normies’ for their Snapchat story, Honey and Co is also a very nice restaurant in Fitzrovia. And it’s an easy choice for a fresh Middle Eastern feast. Head there with a friend and share some little mezze dishes - fattoush, chicken shish, and the like - when you want something that both tastes good, and feels good for you.
This is Ottolenghi’s classy restaurant. It’s the one you take your family or date to. As with Ottolenghi’s other restaurants, there’s nothing flashy going on here though. They’re sharing plates that will make you weep at the lack of imagination you put into your weekly shop. And it’s as good a spot for brunch as it is dinner.
You’ve watched 72 hours of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. As if by osmosis you have a sudden and dramatic need for poké with a side of colonic irrigation. Malibu Kitchen, in The Ned, is where you want to go to satisfy the edible elements of that craving. The salads, raw fish, and vegetable dishes are all reasonably priced, and the room is a really grand space. This is fun because you’ll feel a bit like a Kardashian in there without, thankfully, being one.
In the Barrafina restaurants pretty much anything you order is going to be delicious. A tortilla? Oh that’s delicious. Don’t want something potato-y? Get some courgette flowers instead. Also delicious. And don’t forget the anchovies. They’re really delicious. The razor clams... you guessed it, delicious. This food is healthy. And you want to eat it all. It’s exactly what going out for a meal should be like.