We’ve been putting it off for as long as possible, but with January in full flow, the time has come to eat healthily. Don’t panic, it’s not all coconut water and kale smoothies, you can still eat in some of London’s best restaurants while watching your waistline. Take a look at these sumptuous suggestions….
If you want a bit of glamour to accompany your health kick, this Richard Caring-owned Mayfair hotspot has introduced some lighter dishes to the menu for January. Gluten free roast rack of lamb, superfood pumpkin and quinoa salad and low carb skewered, peppered beef fillet ought to do it.
The Balcon London
This grand Parisian brasserie is kicking off the year with a special low calorie De-Light menu, consisting of three courses for under 500 calories. Lamb, lettuce and endive salad, followed by braised supreme of cockerel and honey-fried apple for pud, shows that diets don’t have to be dull.
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Meat-free crusader Jessica Kruger serves vegetarian food to the masses at this Oxford Street-based restaurant. How about an antioxidant dream salad with mango vinaigrette? And don’t forget the Hyderabadi Scotch eggs, you’ll forget you’re trying to be virtuous.
The Gate Hammersmith
So good they opened another one in Islington, this veggie restaurant has been serving its eclectic food (described by the owners as ‘Indo-Iraqi-Jewish’) since 1989. The three onion tart or beetroot ravioli perhaps, followed by an aubergine schnitzel.
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You’ll be hard pushed to find many fine dining restaurants with calorie counters on the menus, but that’s exactly what chef and owner Alexis Gauthier has done here. Butternut squash veloute (245 cals), followed by Atlantic cod (420 cals) and tart of Grand Cru Virunga chocolate (380 cals) sounds rather good to us.
Square Meal user Moniksays cited, “This place is about the might of the vegetable,” and she’s not wrong. With meat getting the supporting role on the menu, it allows components like lightly lemon-pickled cucumber and fermented cabbage to take centre stage. Try the homemade fruit sorbet for afters.
Martin Williams (former MD of Gaucho) has opened this City boyplayground which houses two restaurants. M Grill serves a multitude of meat where M Raw has a far more virtuous offering. Think yellow fin tuna tartare, swordfish sashimi or black quinoa salad. All washed down with a raw juice of course.
Based in Westbourne Grove, this first-of-its-kind Paleo diet-friendly restaurant is perfect if you’re following a the caveman diet. Gluten free, dairy free, nut allergy, low carb, low FODMAP, veggies and vegans – they’ve got it all covered. The dishes are beautifully presented, too.
Sea Containers at the Mondrian
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Based in the hottest new hotel on the river, this restaurant in the Mondrian London offers plenty of salads to keep you feeling light. Think shaved mushroom with pine nuts and kale topped with apple and pecans (pictured top right). And if you were hoping for a side of chips, tough! They don’t serve them.
Snaps and Rye
Not known for its rich and fatty food, this Danish restaurant on Golborne Road specialising in the country’s famous open sandwiches (smørrebrød), is perfect for a dieter’s lunch. With toppings like house-cured herring and rullepøise organic pork, there’s still plenty of flavour.