Food Review: Wild Food Café.
Wild Food Cafe in Islington is a branch of the Covent Garden original. Unlike its sister, this vegan restaurant is airy, brighter, bigger and takes reservations which is a boon in London’s dining scene. The original, right next to Neal’s Yard has been serving up plant-based and raw-food dishes, as well as championing foraged ingredients well before the popularity in vegan dining that's taken hold in the capital lately.
The design is quite chic with pastel shades on velvet chairs, an abundance of plants, marble counters and a large open-plan kitchen where we watched our smoothies and cocktails being made.
We thoroughly enjoyed our full vegan breakfast which consisted of kale, asparagus, avocado, chickpea omelette and another main dish of peas and olives on toast. My diet being mainly vegan, I found it refreshing to have many innovative dishes on the menu, including the raw cakes for desserts- free from any refined sugar. The chocolate and raspberry cake tasted as good as it looked. It was rich, yet combined well, thanks to the smooth chocolate and sharpness from the raspberries. The banoffee pie exhibited a strong coconut flavour and had a great texture. Having been here for brunch, I highly recommend starting your day here!
Reservations: Recommended for parties of three or more and if you are planning a weekend breakfast/brunch.
Price for food, drinks and service for two: £55-£60.
Food Review: Coal Office, London.
This is a collaboration between British designer Tom Dixon and Israeli chef Assaf Granit and I’ve visited the latter’s restaurants in London - The Palomar and The Barbary, both fantastic and unique in their own way. Given how much I love Israeli food, I had to try this. Coal Office is more design savvy (not surprised) and is larger in comparison to the sister restaurants, making it very fitting for its location in King's Cross.
Let's focus on the food. What blew my mind was how the humble ingredients such as fresh oregano and aubergine created such magic. For starters, I had the Kubaneh - Kubala bread (so fresh, fragrant and delicious) to be torn and dipped in that labneh that’s dressed with tomato confit and oregano. Then the josperised (in a coal oven) aubergine with a zing of green tahini which is similar in flavour to the Yemeni zhoug.
My favourite was the truffle polenta. Now, I’ve had this at the Palomar before but the dish at the Coal Office was a definite winner. There was also an inspiring dish of spinach and chard with sumac. Don’t worry, if you’re not sure if what to have, the amazing staff here will help you decide.
I got the best seat here, the counter tables where you watch the chefs at work and both chefs Nitai Sevach and Guy Winner are absolutely brilliant in their creations and what they brought to the table. I highly recommend Coal Office if you’re looking for an enlightening, entertaining (some of them do the occasional dance to the Middle Eastern music in the background) and healthy dining experience.
Due to the circumstances surrounding Covid-19, Coal Office managed to survive by opening their food hub and selling their freshly baked breads and delectable salads along with fresh produce from Natoora.
My passion for food, particularly trying the vegetarian dishes from different cuisines stems from the advantage of living in London. The diversity here is remarkable. You can head to another part of town and try an authentic dish from a country that is 6000 miles away.