After the festive season, chances are that either you or one of your friends will be detoxing or dieting.
This however should not put a stop to dining out for the month of January; instead you should use it as a time to organize healthy nights out. Below is a list of the best healthy eating alternatives in London. Before you book a table, look online to find cheap restaurant deals to save a bit of cash!
Amico Bio in Clerkenwell
If what you are looking for is an Italian yet vegetarian eatery then here in Clerkenwell you cannot go far wrong. The menu consists of mouth watering meat free pasta dishes as well as centre salads and wholemeal rice dishes. The ingredients here are organic, allowing you to eat well but treat your body as the temple that it deserves. Great options here are green pastas, tofu, grains and even some vegan or vegetarian wine to complement your meal.
Bread Street Kitchen in the City
This city diner inspired by Gordon Ramsey is a trend setting bar offering you delights such as raw octopus or salmon to start. Main courses also continue with a seafood theme, lobster in ginger and garlic being a firm favourite. With a menu full of delicious and raw treats this is the perfect place to detox; just make sure you steer clear of the sumptuous dessert menu with such delights as chocolate tart and honeycomb on offer.
Cassis Bistro in South Kensington
For dining in real celebrity style, Cassis Bistro in SW3 has got to be a great choice. With help from the personal trainer of Naomi Campbell, Matt Roberts, this haunt of the rich and famous now offers some spectacular calorie controlled menus. With a main course not exceeding 400 calories and a two course meal on offer with just 650 calories there is no wonder this eaterie is so popular. The dishes here give you the feel good factor and are packed with slow release energy food stuffs.
Nopi and Ottolenghi in Soho and Islington
After the overload of turkey and sickly Christmas pudding, the perfect anecdote for the New Year is the menu on offer at Yotam Ottolenghi. With small plates of delicious vegetarian food on offer and a choice of Middle Eastern and Southern European dishes at both Nopi and Ottolenghi, these two haunts will leave you feeling detoxed and healthy. Choose from vegetable dishes such as brocollini with garlic and chillo or perhaps scallops with purée of fennel.
Saf in Kensington
For the ultimate detox experience a trip to Saf is a must. With the menu consisting of 100% vegan ingredients cooked at a maximum temperature of 48ºC this really is the ultimate vegan eating experience. Try a detox of salad or pad Thai or perhaps some mangetout noodles accompanied with a delicious almond sauce.
Shayona in Neasden
For a treat of grains, pulses and vegetables, head to the Shayona for the best in Hindu sattvic cooking. With no meat, alcohol or even garlic or onions on the menu, the food here is designed to balance your body and mind. Indulge in samosas and masalas and an Indian feast that comes from the traditions of the vast Swaminarayan Temple.
Watatsumi in Whitehall
Found slightly off the traditional tourist trail of London, this Japanese eatery concentrates on raw ingredients of the highest calibre. Enjoy the healthiest lunch of sushi, mali rolls and thinly sliced tuna, marinated in the finest ingredients. This combined with the delicious selection of fresh fruit cocktails on offer will leave you feeling invigorated and healthy.
Wright Brothers in Soho and Borough
If you love to indulge in the goodness of oysters, then Wright Brothers is the place to be seen this coming January. After the over indulgence of Christmas, visit the Soho branch for some delicacies such as sea urchins and caviar. With Gelupo sorbet on offer for dessert this is sure to be a trip to remember.
Yalla Yalla in Soho
If you idea of a delightful meal is a Lebanese feast then Yalla Yalla is the place for you. With only the finest ingredients of vegetables, pulses and herbs being used this Soho eaterie offers you a suberb menu. Choose from stuffed vine leaves or halloumi salad followed by fatte Khodra for the perfect meal. Served with the finest vegetables and crispy pitta breads this exquisite restaurant will leave you feeling vibrant and healthy.
Yashin Sushi in Kensington
For a totally new sushi experience, visit Yashin Sushi in Kensington. Here the flavours and ingredients are brought to life with a superb eschews soy sauce. With truffles and oysters on the menu as well as wasabi sauce, this superbly elegant restaurant is the perfect setting where you are on a detox or are simply dining out in style.
As you can see, there are plenty of London restaurants that offer healthy eating options rather than just the usual pub food.