For a fast wholesome lunch, try this long-time favourite tucked next to the veg stalls of Berwick Street Market. Cartons come in three sizes, to be filled with a mix of tasty, freshly made salads and hot dishes (ten of each), on display behind a glass counter.
Stalwarts include creamy coconutty dahl, lentil and mushroom shepherd’s pie, organic rice salad with tamari soy sauce and seaweed, mini ‘sausage’ rolls or simple blanched broccoli – it’s surprising how much you can cram in. Most people take away, but there are a few seats in the shabbily colourful interior, beneath the bird mobiles and bulbous orange lampshade, and more on the pavement outside.
Friendly staff are kept busy chopping ingredients, replenishing dishes or whirring up juices and smoothies. Coffees and teas, vegan cakes (including hefty flapjacks made with hemp seed), and soft drinks by the likes of Purdey’s and Fentimans are also available.