Wild Food Cafe
Long before I had even heard of a 'plant-based' eating lifestyle, I had made an impromptu trip to Wild Food Cafe situated in the colourful cove of Neal's Yard in Covent Garden, London. It was here that I tried my first ever Raw Chocolate Tart; and I kid you not, I was pleasantly surprised as to how scrumptious it tasted.
Fast-forward five years, and I made a second trip to WFC for lunch with my (meat-eater) friend who was blown away by how fresh the food tasted. We were both also blown away by the bill of £63...but then had to remind ourselves that is quite literally the price you pay for fresh, organic chemical-and-crap-free food!
Nestled in a small alleyway - away from the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden - this is a real treat to stumble across, especially with the splash of colour on some of the shop fronts. Most of the shops in this small Yard are ethically driven in some way, so expect a laid-back hipster vibe when roaming around here.
With seasonal menus, there's always something new to try here. We opted for a 'Naked Burger' packed with everything from nuts, vegetables and probably quinoa. My personal fave was the Sweet Potato Skins and Kale Chips - something I aim to re-create at home. I also quite enjoyed the fresh green smoothie, which was honestly so fresh and natural, I'm sure my white blood cells were doing a happy dance.
The seating set up is much like that of a canteen; wooden tables and benches shared in close proximity with your fellow diners. The wonderful thing about Wild Food Cafe is that everyone who works here is just so chill, open-minded and passionate about working here.
In all honesty, if you're new to the whole concept of Raw, Vegan or Plant-Based Food then some of the food here might be a little too out of your comfort zone. It's one of those things in life that takes some time getting used to. All in all, Wild Food Cafe is right up my street...or yard, one might say!
''Our mission is to re-connect people with the sustainable sources of delicious and nutritious plant-food and inspire a movement towards the regeneration of thriving individuals, communities, ecosystems and biodiversity around the world.'' - Wild Food Cafe
All images photographed by Nabih Kassam