Ottolenghi, Islington, London

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word:  Original
Food:  Favourites are the salads (all of them) and breakfasts
Service:  Great service from familiar faces
Presentation:  Sleek, shiny and polished. Food.  Flowers.
Ambience:  Busy buzz of talk over the communal tables, avoid this with a breakfast visit
Location:  Our local is Islington, right in between Highbury & Islington and Angel tube stations.  Branches at Notting Hill, Spitalfields, Belgravia, and NOPI in the West End.
Value for money:  A personal fave: £18 for a large box of takeaway salad that easily fills two.  Breakfasts between £5 and £10. Coffee or tea £2 to £3.
Worth a visit?: Yes, this is a must visit foodie establishment.  Plus their almond croissants are our of this world amazing!

Ottolenghi is original, a much reproduced original, although very few manage to hit the high standards in the deliciousness stakes of Yotam Ottolenghi and his team.

Food-wise,  it’s a casual, European dining style with a couple of large communal tables with a few small tables along one side of the restaurant.  The menu is very much seasonally influenced with enduring favourites making a regular appearance.  Flavours are a mix of Mediterranean, Middle and Far Eastern and ingredients are sourced from the UK and Europe with a focus on small scale, artisan producers and growers.

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Avo on toast

Retreat Cafe at Triyoga Soho, Kingley Court, London

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word:  Haven
Food:  A perfect mix of salads & healthy light mains plus more juices and smoothies than you could shake a stick at! Oh and a good selection of treats and lots of take-away options.
Service:  Friendly and kind.
Presentation:  A small, but perfectly formed cafe, lots of light and lots of wood.  Food presented with rustic touches; think wooden platters and thick glass bottles for juices and smoothies
Ambience:  Very calm and chilled out midweek, although I can imagine the place gets buzzy with yoga bods over the weekend
Location: Slap bang in the middle of central London, a heavenly little escape away from shoppers and tourists
Value for money:  Yep, you’ll struggle to find the equivalent quality any cheaper in central London; £4.80 for a freshly made juice or smoothie, bowl of soup £5, avo on toast £4
Worth a visit?:  I’d highly recommend this little gem.  Whilst you’re there take a yoga class at Triyoga…it might just change your life!

The Retreat Cafe at Triyoga in Soho’s Kingly Court is the brainchild of Naturopath, Kimberley Parsons.  The ethos is clean, nourishing and delicious eats.  Where better to find health-conscious people than at a yoga studio in Soho, central London.

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Down to Earth, Ubud, Bali Indonesia

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word: Natural
Food: Fresh and simple with delicious dressings
Service: Friendly and relaxed
Presentation: No frills
Ambience: Community chill out
Location: Just off Hanoman in the centre of Ubud
Value for money: Quality ingredients at a reasonable price
Worth a visit?: A must, I can’t recommend this place highly enough!

Down to Earth has to be one of my favourite eateries in Ubud and it has a fab selection of healthy and local goodies in their store downstairs. It’s a relative newbie to the market, having opened it’s doors back in March 2012, and markets itself as an organic vegetarian restaurant and health food shop.

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