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‘Gourmet life food’ specialists Vitao have teamed up with the guys from vegan Vantra (a defunct Soho eatery) and settled in a permanent new home on bustling Oxford Street. All manner of
special-needs diets are catered for including gluten-free, macrobiotic, low-GI and low-sugar, while the kitchen favours superfoods and ‘raw’ dishes cooked below 48oC to preserve their essential
nutrients. You’ll find ‘small living plates’ ranging from nachos (flax-seed tortilla chips with pineapple salsa and guacamole) to marinated organic tofu in tomato sauce with miso and raisins, plus
bigger offerings divided into ‘raw’ and ‘steamed’ – the latter might include curry laksa (coconut curry soup with wheat-free noodles, greens etc). There are plenty of vegan cakes and desserts too.
Liquid nourishment is provided by juices, shakes, smoothies, teas and ‘vespresso’ drinks. Note: cash only (for ‘carbon footprint’ reasons, apparently).
Every time I’ve passed Vantra on Oxford Street, I’ve always wanted to try it. So one evening, me and my friend decided to go and indulge in some guilt free vegan food. She happens to be vegetarian which was great as some people aren’t always keen on a meat free menu. Plus, it made me feel like a bit less of a fraud. The restaurant is the epitome of vegan food and healthy living; wood furnishings, laterns, fresh fruit juices, home made tonics and hippy easy going staff – all that was missing was incense and chanting. It was very charming. Food wise you can either fill a small or large box for a set price, or pile food...
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