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by Sandra Lawson (subscribe)
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Published June 26th 2013
Food for Thought Will Give you Plenty to Think About
I'm old enough to remember when Covent Garden was a wholesale fruit and vegetable market, and Food For Thought in Neal Street is an eighteenth-century building that was once used for ripening bananas. How appropriate for a restaurant that now serves only vegetarian food.

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Whenever I'm in the Garden area at lunchtime I pop in for a bite to eat, and I'm really ashamed to admit that I'm so hooked on their stir fried vegetables with wholegrain rice that I've never tried anything else. When I was there yesterday dishes of the day included Gnocchi Italiano and Spinach and Squash Quiche. As I have to cook for my carnivorous husband later in the evening I never have the chance to spoil myself further with a pudding, which could include a fruit crumble or carrot cake. Fruit juices, herbal teas and organic filter coffee are available, and there is always a jug of fresh water, garnished with slices of citrus fruit, on each table. If you would like to quaff something a little stronger, you can bring your own bottle.

Upstairs is the takeaway part of the restaurant, but if you descend the wooden staircase, often queuing behind other hungry lunchers, you can place and pay for your food order. The eating area is a little cramped and you may have to share one of the wooden tables with other diners, but the crowds only attest to the quality and value of the food on offer. The helpful staff will also tell you which dishes are vegan and which are wheat free (including the scones and flapjacks).

My stir fry was a mix of al dente vegetables including carrots, bean sprouts, courgettes, French beans and broccoli tossed in a tamari and ginger sauce. It was just enough to fill a hole and convince me that I'd had my five-a-day.

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Stir Fried Vegetables and Organic Rice

Food for Thought delivers to local offices and caters for supper parties and special events and is open from midday until 8.30 during the week and until 5.30 on Sundays. Don't walk past next time you're on Neal Street, walk in instead.

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Why? To savour delicious vegetarian and vegan food at inexpensive prices
When: Open 7 days a week: weekdays from 12.00 until 8.30pm and Sundays from 12.00 until 5.30pm
Phone: 020 7836 0239
Where: 31 Neal Street, Covent Garden
Cost: A bowl of soup costs less than 4, and you will come away with change if you just have a main course and salad with a glass of water
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