If you’re feeling pretty daunted about the next three weeks of detoxing, we feel you, we were too at House of Coco!
That was until we found out about some of our fave London restaurants and their healthy offerings. From the freshest ceviches at LIMA Floral and London’s first ever Michelin-starred vegan menu at Pollen Street Social, to mocktails that will leave you wondering why you ever needed alcohol anyway, detoxing has never been easier.
Pollen Street Social’s Vegan Menu (above)
Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social has recently launched an innovative vegan menu to be served alongside the existing vegetarian menu at the Michelin-starred restaurant . Proving that vegan food is anything but boring, the menu includes a selection of five dishes all showcasing Atherton’s flair for seasonal produce, the highest quality ingredients and beautiful presentation, including Roasted woodland mushroom salad, raw chestnuts, castelfranco & truffle dressingand Pearl barley, roasted Jerusalem, artichoke & truffle. The new menu will no doubt be a welcome addition to London’s vegan dining scene as the first Michelin-starred vegan menu available in the capital, and with ‘Veganuary’ a growing trend in January, the fresh, clean and healthy dishes on offer will provide the perfect eating out experience for those wanting to kick start 2016 with a meat and dairy detox after all of that festive overindulgence.
Healthy eating at Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House
This January, Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred Social Eating House will be offering a three course set lunch menu that has been specially designed with the health-conscious in mind. With a nutritious dish available for every course created by chef patron Paul Hood, diners can opt to start their guilt-free lunch with protein and omega-3 packed House smoked salmon, buttermilk emulsion, salt baked beetroots and crisp rye bread, followed by a main course of roast Cornish hake, chicory, trevise and chick pea served with a cleansing spiced chicken broth. For those who don’t like to leave without dessert, the restaurant will also be offering a sugar-free homemade Icelandic skyr, served with caramelized clementine, chamomile and pistachio. Priced at £21 for two courses or £25 for three, the healthy lunch menu at Social Eating House won’t break the bank or your diet this January.
Zero dosage champagnes and low alcohol wines at Social Wine & Tapas
Available as part of the extensive wine list on offer at Jason Atherton’s Social Wine & Tapas, zero dosage or ‘brut nature’ champagnes, containing no added sugar, are the ideal choice for those keeping an eye on their waistline this January. A growing trend in wine production, particularly among independent producers, ‘brut nature’ champagnes do not contain the sugar typically added to champagnes to manipulate flavour, allowing the particular terroir of the wine and the natural differences in vintages to shine through. With four to choose from, ranging from the Eric Rodez, Zero Dosage, Ambonnay, Brut Nature NV to the Francis Boulard, Petrea, Brut Nature 2007, zero dosage champagnes are the perfect complement to the restaurant’s selection of Spanish-inspired plates. Social Wine & Tapas also has an extensive selection of low alcohol wines, from Lindenblättriger, Harslevelu, J. Umathum, Austria 2010 at 10.5% abv to a Cotes du Jura, Pinot Noir, Julien en Billat, Ganevat 2013 at 11% abv, making the restaurant the ideal location for health conscious wine lovers this January.
Non-alcoholic cocktails at The Blind Pig
Throughout this month, the team at Jason Atherton’s The Blind Pig will be mixing up two non-alcoholic cocktails for those opting for a dry January. Whilst these tipples may be alcohol free, they are certainly not lacking in spirit, with the same creative ingredient combinations typical of all of the bar’s creations. ‘Probiotic’ combines refreshing pineapple, lemon juice, pomegranate grenadine and yoghurt powder with zingy ginger beer whilst ‘Pink Lemonade’ is a revitalising mix of Pink grapefruit juice, lemon, elderflower syrup and soda charge. Available now, both cocktails are priced at £5.50 each.
‘Damson Bramble’ at City Social
If you’re going alcohol free this January, City Social, located in Tower 42, may be just the location for you. Not only will Bar Manager, Tim Laferla, be mixing up the delicious ‘Damson Bramble’ mocktail, a refreshing blend of cranberry and lemon juice mixed with Damson plum and rosemary syrup, but with that dizzying and incredible view over London, who needs alcohol anyway?
Fresh and healthy New Year eating at LIMA Floral
After a month of feasting on endless mince pies, pigs in blankets and Quality Street, not to mention all of those festive tipples, LIMA Floral’s menu of fresh, healthy dishes will provide an easy and enjoyable way to kick start a healthier 2016. With a selection of protein rich ceviches all marinated in tiger’s milk, a trusted hangover cure in Peru, dishes with superfood Peruvian ingredients including kiwicha and quinoa, and even the suitably detox friendly cubes of frozen organic yogurt with passion fruit and hierba buena available for dessert, a visit to LIMA Floral this January will leave diners feeling refreshed, healthier and finally free of that festive hangover.
Restorative bone broths at Bone Daddies
Recent studies have shown that bone broths are rich in a range of minerals that support the immune system and contain a number of healing compounds, and what better place to get your broth fix than at Bone Daddies? With a range of hearty and warming ramens made from chicken and pork bones, including the 22 hour pork bone Tonkotsu ramen, the restaurant is the perfect location to get a health boost and beat the cold this January.
Salads and light plates at Chi Kitchen
Newly opened Chi Kitchen, from the team behind Thai institution Mango Tree Belgravia, have a menu packed full of healthy options ideal for the January health-kick. Lighter offerings include a refreshing prawn and pomelo salad, a selection of steamed dumplings, fresh and cleansing salmon sashimi or iron-boosting grilled broccoli, making Chi Kitchen the obvious location for a meal out that won’t rack up the calories.
Detox menu at Chai Wu
This January, luxury Chinese restaurant Chai Wu, located in Harrods, will be offering a specially designed detox menu comprised of seven healthy and light courses. Designed for two to share, the menu includes dishes with key health-boosting ingredients such as crispy kale, spinach soup and steamed salmon. A detox-friendly dessert of fresh berries with dragon fruit is also available. Priced at £68, the menu will be accessible throughout January and is the ultimate in guilt-free January dining.
Drink your greens with ‘H20 Cool’ at Mango Tree Belgravia
Combining cucumber, mint, celery and apple for a touch of sweetness, ‘H20 Cool’, available at Thai Institution, Mango Tree Belgravia, is a green juice lover’s dream. Priced at £5.85, the revitalising and hydrating drink is available throughout January.
Now the only decision left to make is, which one to go to first…