Quitting all animals products might seem the challenge of the century, especially in a busy city like London where we all end up eating prepared meals from time to time due to our jobs/flats locations and lifestyles. However, going in vegan in London might be easier, cheaper and more pleasurable than you ever dreamt of.
Le Pain Quotidien
With Londoners' bohemian lifestyles and ruling coffee culture, it was divine surprise to find so many vegan options in an ambivalent eatery, Le Pain Quotidien. What's fascinating about this cafe/restaurant is its peculiar identity: the place is at restaurant, a bakery and a coffee shop all at once, which means that you can have a vegan cocoa and pear cake slice or a selection of organic breads with a glass of wine in the evening or an also vegan chili sin carne with an artisan cup of coffee for lunch... And the combinations are endless.
Moreover, Le Pain Quotidien prides itself in the quality of its products. The company produces its foods and beverages using organic and local ingredients wherever possible. Bonus! From an organic cup of berries to organic hummus, from an organic glass of Prosecco to an organic cup of coffee, the choices are limitless. Why is this important? Choosing organic products is not only good for your body, but it's also beneficial for the future of the world by bringing down the number of harmful pesticides being dumped into the environment.
If you are vegan, you can basically just move to Le Pain Quotidien. There are choices for breakfast, second breakfast, luncheon, afternoon tea, elevenses, dinner, supper or any other daily meal a hobbit might come up with. The best part of it all, however, is that every choice is scrumptious and will sweep you off your feet.
Wake up your senses with the aroma and taste of organic breads and hazelnut flute accompanied by a large selection of yummy jams and paradisiacal spreads. There are other options such as cup of fresh berries, fruit salad, omega3 berry oatmeal but what really sent me through the roof was the Raspberry Crunola Parfait. Made with raw granola with blended coconut, cashew and banana, this delicious will convert any disbeliever.
An exciting renovation has revolutionised Le Pain Quotidien's menu this week. A dish that has become very trendy in London this summer is the avocado toast. Le Pain Quotidien adapted this fashionable dish to its organic menu. And guess what! It's vegan! Whether you want to have lunch or dinner with your friends, the avocado toast is the perfect dish to share or enjoy while sipping on a Blueberry and Eldelflower Fizz. I recently tried the avocado toast and it was love at first bite. The right amount of spiciness with a heavenly balance of guacamole and super seeds match the scrumptious toast's crunchiness. Another option is the Avocado tartine with white beans and lemon hummus, rich in Omega-3.
Go Vegan at Le Pain Quotidien
If you fancy a salad, there are also other exciting vegan options such as the best-seller Detox Salad with quinoa taboulé - a delicious and healthy salad that probably has minus 20 calories. If you look for something more filling, the Lentil and Avocado salad is an excellent vegan alternative.
Take a walk on the other side of the pond and try the Chili Sin Carne - a dish that has nothing to envy from other dishes offered in the best Mexican restaurants. This is an exciting vegan dish that has made a comeback in the restaurants' menu. If its appearance looks suspicious, don't despair. There's no meat in it, but the taste will surely surprise you.
And then we get to my favourite dish... The Three Hummus Mezze. This is another dish that has been altered in the latest renovation of the menu. The new item is sweet potato hummus - a yummy dip that will rock your world. Sweet potato hummus only comes second to beetroot hummus, a peculiar and mouthwatering dish topped with quinoa taboule. Unmissable! There's also chickpea hummus for all your classic lovers out there.
Le Pain Quotidien
It's time to sweeten up your life. One of my favourite desserts is Chia Seed and Coconut Milk Pudding. Topped with a raspberry puree, this is a healthy option through and through. Another dessert that is not so healthy, but divine nonetheless is the Cocoa and Pear Cake Slice, also vegan and ideal for afternoon tea. You can also enjoy a blueberry muffin with a nice cup of coffee at any time of the day.
Sit at a terrace and refresh yourself with a watermelon cooler, a green juice, one of the fresh-pressed juices or my very favourite the cheeky raspberry lemonade on a London summer day.
Now vegans, that is a wrap!
Visit the stores in Central London. There's one at 18 Great Marlborough street, a nice and huge large restaurant that enjoys a central location in Oxford Curcis and another one in Notting Hill - where I'm writing from - which is a cosy establishment.