London's Best Healthy Hangouts: Dinner

September 28 2015

When it comes to evening meals you may not always be looking for a grab-and-go option. Sometimes you want something a little more substantial or a place to sit and socialise with friends. If you’re looking for nutritious and delicious restaurants in London, the amazing Angelica Malin from food and lifestyle blog About Time Magazine, has chosen her top picks – there are even dairy-free, vegan and raw options in there for you. This list of healthy dinners is perfect for everyone, even those with food intolerances.

For raw goodness: NAMA Foods

Nama Foods in Notting Hill is not only gluten-free, it’s also dairy-free, vegan and raw. It’s a raw food nirvana, offering - beyond dining - raw food courses, catering, raw food cleanses, juice cleanses, and all manner of information on the raw food lifestyle. Their sole aim is ‘wellbeing through nutrition’ – harnessing the power of natural food to create balanced, nourishing, life-enriching dishes that help you to attain greater levels of health, in both body and mind. For lunch, try their Thai coconut curry, and sensational raw, vegan lasagne. If you like chocolate, you can’t leave without trying their raw chocolate ganache tart, which is made with coconut milk and is dairy-free.

Where: 110 Talbot Road, London W11 1JR

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For salads: Maple and Fitz

New kids on the block, Maple and Fitz are rustling up healthy salads and delicious cold-pressed juices at their new digs in Fitzrovia. The salads here are fantastic and the star of the show is their Samurai Slaw with cabbage, soba noodles, shredded carrots and heaps of Asian spices. The Cauli in Mumbai with quinoa and roasted spice cauliflower is another contender. There is also a tiny courtyard at the back so you can eat your veggies and catch some rays. All their dishes are vegan-based and customers have the choice to add extra protein with tofu dressed in almond butter or switch up to the vegetarian option by adding grilled halloumi – perfect for after a workout. Their guilt-free sweet treats are also great, try the gluten-free salted caramel brownie.

Where: 36a Berner’s Street (entrance on Mortimer Street) London, W1T 3LY

For dinner: Mildred’s

Longstanding vegetarian haunt Mildred’s sources organic ingredients and supplies from independent businesses. The restaurant may be small, but their long and detailed menu makes up for it. From lentil, chickpea and mixed squash tagine to the Sri Lankan sweet potato and cashew nut curry, you won’t miss the lack of meat.  Our pick of the menu is the fresh tortellini filled with pumpkin and ricotta. The informal relaxed atmosphere is ideal for grabbing a quick dinner or a hearty lunch. Their desserts are incredible - the chocolate peanut butter brownie with ice cream is both delicious and gluten-free.

Where: 45 Lexington Street, London W1F 9AN

For sharing plates: Grain Store

The Grain Store does sharing plates very well, and even has some great vegetarian options that aren’t just goat’s cheese tart and tomato pasta. Chef Bruno Loubet has created some veggie options that are far from bland. Anything with preserved or fermented in the title makes me come out in hot sweats, but the preserved piquillo pepper, artichoke & vegetable chorizo paella is in my opinion, one of the best dishes on the menu and it even kept the hot sweats at bay! Not only has each main been created to include a whole host of different flavours, but drinks have been specially designed to pair with specific dishes. The wild mushroom croquettes, pine needle salt is matched with the Etna cocktail of Champagne, marsala and oregano bitters, a match made in vegetarian heaven.

Where: Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AB

For grab and go: LEON

Leon believes that fast food can be good food, and their meals are filling, delicious and, mostly importantly, healthy. The menu is inspired by the flavours, variety and natural healthiness of Mediterranean cooking, come for the Indian curries at lunch and great hummus sides. They work closely with nutritionists Yvonne Bishop-Weston and Carole Symons to make sure that the overall menu offers options for everyone, and you can really taste the quality. For savoury breakfasters, try their egg pots - the smoked salmon and avocado pot is a particular favourite and is the perfect post-gym breakfast. For carbs, try Toast of the Town - wholemeal toast with cinnamon and date butter.

Where: Throughout London

For all-day goodness: Natural Kitchen

Natural Kitchen champions organic, seasonal and (where possible), local food - with a fantastic range of healthy post-workout options. For breakfast tuck into omelettes, baked eggs and porridge. Their lunchtime menu is a real treat with spiced chickpea falafel, handmade burgers and fish dishes with all the fish bought from Billingsgate Market. The Marylebone branch boasts a cracking food-to-go deli so stock up on salad boxes and a Portuguese tart for afters, and if you’re thirsty, pick up a smoothie from their juice bar. Fresh salads, home-made cakes and excellent lunchtime dishes, there’s something for everyone.

Where: Throughout London