You may have seen numerous Instagram posts of colourful healthy dishes or photographs of a brick building with brightly coloured window frames with the hashtag Wild Food Cafe. We certainly have. Since walking past this building a year ago and adding it to my list of places to try, and of course from all social media hype, a visit was long overdue. So I decided to nourish my body with goodness and take a trip to this raw and wholefood veggie cafe.
As Yana was rehearsing for an upcoming show, I went along with Danielle our lovely housemate who is vegetarian… so a perfect match for the Wild Food Cafe in my eyes!
Recognise this building? The colours are popping!
Wild Food Cafe is located in the peaceful, healthy haven that is Neal’s Yard, one of Covent Gardens secret gems, home to Neal’s Yard Remedies and other small businesses. Many people are unaware that this place exists unless stumbling across it when walking around the little streets in Seven Dials. Stepping in to the yard feels like and instant escape from London’s crazy hustle and bustle, a place where you can clear your mind and forget you are standing in a city of 8.7 million people.
The Wild Food Cafe is here to promote aliveness and embody a world in which plant-passionate, nutrient-packed food that is prepared and served with love is not only possible, it is necessary!
We arrived at a perfect time of 5.30 pm, being able to walk straight through the big blue door, up the stairs and seated comfortably at one of their communal tables without having to queue. Which I’ve heard is rare.
A sunny day allowed for all the window to be open allowing a picturesque view of the Yard below.
Although a fairly small venue, there was a great atmosphere of lively chatter and enjoyment of the food. The staff had a major role in this, with their positive attitudes and willingness to answer questions about the menu.
The Glowing Menu
After skimming over the mouth-watering menu several times, we finally ordered. It didn’t take long for our drinks to come out.
I went for the Forgotten Ecstasy: Summer Edition (£7) Acai berries, blueberries, lavender with raw cacao powder, cacoa butter, fresh coconut milk, dates, he-shou-wou extract, maca, algarroba, coconut cream and maple syrup. Wow what a concoction hey… many of these ingredients I have never heard of before, cue the research. Forgotten Ecstasy was rich and filling but in a good way, the strong chocolate taste with a subtle hint of berries and lavender is a winner from me and something I will get again on my next visit.
Danielle went for the Make Your Own juice (£6) Apple, Pear and Cucumber fresh and simple tasting but apparently delicious.
Drinks: Make Your Own Juice (left) & Forgotten Ecstasy: Summer Edition (right)
Now for the best part… the mains!
Indian Split Pea & Superseed Bread
The gorgeous Danielle devoured the Indian Split Pea Soup & Superseed Bread (£7), the flavour of the day, this is suggested as a starter but is more than enough to have as a main. After much begging Dani allowed me to have a taste, not a major soup fan, this was perfection and wouldn’t ordering this on my next visit.
#TGBOAT = The Greatest Burger of All Time & Creamy Cashew Aioli
So pleased I went for the #TGBOAT , the price not so much at a whopping £16.70. I added the Cashew Aioli for an extra £2, not worth it, but I will let it slide. The meal was just what I needed. The root vegetable jerk burger , and lots of other ingredients, was an explosion of flavoursome ingredients and far better than any meaty burger I have ever had… big statement but it’s true. Normally I am one to eat everything off a menu, after my drink and main I had to admit defeat as I could not fit in another crumb. It is safe to say that you won’t leave the table feeling hungry!
The food and overall experience was hands down spot on. The only thing that would stop me visiting weekly would be the price tag, but it is understandable considering how they source the natural produce and keep to the promise of everything being completely fresh.
Joel and Aiste, the owners, have certainly poured their heart and soul into making the Wild Food Cafe such a success. Their love to encourage healthy eating and passion of promoting the endless possibilities of creating so many wonderful plant based dishes.
All I can say is visit the Wild Food Cafe and see what you think.It has not only opened my eyes to trying out different produce but it has also inspired me to look at more vegetarian recipes. I am already planning my next trip and this time I will make room for pudding…the Raw Chocolate Tart is calling my name !
Thanks for reading.
Wild Food Cafe
14 Neal’s Yard
London WC2H 9DP
Opening Hours: Mon 12-5pm, Tue-Sat 12-10pm, Sun 12-7pm