Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Best vegan cafe in London (aka the wild food cafe)

Wild food cafe raw vegan banoffe pie

Okay, so I cannot claim that this is the best vegan restaurant in London as I have only been to one but I haven't felt the need to venture beyond this café (as a heads up I am not vegan but I am trying to reduce the animal products in which I eat.) You wouldn't find this little gem though unless you already knew where it was as it is in a secluded area of Covent Garden in Neals Yard (keep on walking up from the urban outfitters and turn when you see Benefit and you will see the street Neals Yard flagged up.) Anyway onto the food...

The Wild Food Cafe

On visit numero one (which has become a bit hazy now due to how long I have prolonged this post!) I opted for a their 'open your mind burrito' from their winter menu. The burrito was completely stuffed with goodness and flavour and was even served with vegan sour cream, perfect for the spicy food lovers. Despite being extremely full I did choose a desert which was the young coconut banoffe pie. This was out of this world, honestly there wasn't a large amount of difference from a non vegan banoffe pie. The filling was creamy and sweet caramel flavourings shone through, the base reminded me of coconut ice and complimented the filling perfectly!
Wild food cafe vegan burrito
On my second visit I tried the 'wild spring burger' and was my first experience of trying a non-meat burger! The burger was made of a mixture of vegetables and the bun was made of a mixture of seeds, it was accompanied with some sweet potatoes (which is a current favourite of many)! I was rather upset when I realised that the Spring menu didn't include the banoffe pie however this allowed me to find a new love: The nut free chocolate tart. This one is a popular desert at the wild food café and I know why, it tastes extremely rich and has a luxurious consistency and is topped with a cacao crumble which adds a perfect crunch! I thought I would try a smoothie on this visit and the one which I went for was the White zen (which included almond milk, cold brewed coffee, dates Irish moss, fresh coconut, vanilla and cardamom)  and it had such a thick, creamy consistency  (obviously no dairy though)and it tasted like desert!

Wild food cafe vegan burger

Wild food cafe raw vegan chocolate tart

On my third visit I had learnt from my mistakes of leaving too full, I was unwilling to sacrifice a desert so I instead decided to pick a starter and then a desert and to share a smoothie. Their spring menu included the butternut squash soup (and you could choose to accompany it with raw crackers or supersede bread) which was great as it still left me a little room for desert (nut free chocolate tart again).
Wild Food Cafe smoothie
Besides the food (which is obviously the main thing in the eyes of a foodie like me) the ambiance and the staff were amazing. They were the happiest waiters and even managed to handle my dad (warning do not take dads who are not willing to try anything new and would rather go to a Mcdonalds!)

This café has enlightened my in the vegan world and has inspired me to have a healthier, more natural diet!

Em x

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