Whole food café in Covent Garden, with a focus on raw eating.
The first-floor setting of this dinky café overlooking Neal's Yard is one of its main draws. On a sunny day, light streams through the wall of windows on to big pine tables that happily accommodate large groups of friends who haven’t met yet.
We tried the club sandwich, mainly because it came with the promise of umeboshi (Japanese pickled plum). A promise it remained – whether they forgot to add it or sliced it too thinly it's hard to say, but any flavour was completely untraceable. Disappointing pickles aside, dishes are, on the whole, enjoyable. Just be careful not to be misled by the optimistic-sounding menu – their ‘pizza’ would struggle to pass as such in any corner of Little Venice.
Go there with an open mind and an awareness that the food has been given a title that it might not have earned, and it shouldn't disappoint. At the very least it’s nice to leave a restaurant feeling smug that everything you’ve eaten is actually good for you. Self-righteousness sure can be tasty.
|Venue name:||Wild Food Café||Contact:|
14 Neal's Yard
|Opening hours:||Meals served noon-4.30pm Mon, Tue; noon-9.30pm Wed-Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Covent Garden|
|Price:||Main courses £5.30-£14.50. Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30|
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Average User Rating
3.8 / 5
- 5 star:7
- 4 star:3
- 3 star:4
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:2
Regularly dine at this brilliant caef in Covent Garden. Such an impressive menu with so many unusual and healthy combinations on offer. Tasty treats for sweets also and incredible smoothies and juices too. There is often a wait for a table but the relaxed vibe seems to ease the pain and with a beautiful courtyard to overlook it's never a hassle. Definitely worth the wait, the only slight downfall is it's slightly overpriced compared to most health food cafes.
I love this place. It's very informal (you share tables with whoever else is there) and you can get the food to take away. It's all raw/vegetarian (possibly vegan too) which is great for me as my diet is pretty restrictive. If anyone were to think that raw food is bland, they would be completely wrong - everything here is delicious and is all freshly-prepared in the open-view kitchen. The desserts, in particular, are brilliant
Such a wonderful, friendly and communal atmosphere with fantastic food! Great interior and staff as well, I always have the best experiences here!
I am a huge raw food fan but the service in here is so abominable that despite loving the product I ask how much longer I can put up with it.
Definitely going back! I took a meat fiend friend of mine with me last week and he thoroghly enjoyed his leek & potato soup, mushrooms on 'toast' & the chocolate cheesecake foe dessert! I had the houmous with crisp bread which was very tasty - lots of garlic. I enjoyed my burger but not sure if I'd have it again. The chocolate cheesecake was heavenly!
Georgeous tasting raw food, beautifully presented. Staff were very friendly and enthusiastic about the menu (justifiably so). Only downside was that they ran through all their specials and the menu only to have run out of quite a few dishes when I requested them. Was happy with what I did eat though and I'm not so easily pleased.
I work in the area so I visited Wild Food Cafe quite a few times and I must admit their fresh attitude and innovate dishes full of nutrition won me over. Their specials of the day are absolutely delicious and filling - my favourite so far was Mexican. Apart from that, the guys do amazing raw desserts and hot chocolate. Occasionally the service a bit slow during the peak times, but you got to forgive it to the guys that work it all in such a tiny space and make everything on the order. If you talk to them they all very nice and friendly as well and will tell you amazing stories about how they make their food. Lovely fresh addition to Neal's Yard and Covent Garden. Love the independent, forward thinking vibe. Well done & all the best. Mel
I visited Wild Food Cafe tucked happily upstairs in the delightful ‘secret gem’ that is Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, with eager anticipation as I am very much a lover of all things natural food wise and I had heard positive reports of this new (currently) day time eatery. It was a cold Monday and I was taking my Mother for her birthday treat; she only likes good food too - so I had to choose carefully! We received a warm welcome and perused a super menu, which, I could happily say, looking at other customers choices; that I could have chosen anything! What struck us was just how very friendly everyone was and there was a relaxed, positive atmosphere. All the food was very much being prepared to order and the work in progress clearly visible; which was fantastic. We both enjoyed juices from the unusual range. I chose a Crocodile Juice which contained such fantastical ingredients including plantains and leafy greens! With difficulty from such a superb menu I chose ‘Living Falafel’ from the ‘Artisan Sandwiches’ choice. It had a cacophony of tastes and a perfect mixture of textures (dehydrated seed ‘bread’; so filling, yet light) that kept me very happy right through to the end! My Mother had a Wild Winter Salad. She considers herself a salad expert but I was happy to see that she enjoyed’ investigating’ it; even finding unusual delights that she had not come across before. So Birthday Mum was happy. Wild Food is a cafe, as opposed to a more formal restaurant with separate tables, and its informal friendly atmosphere lends itself to meeting others. This gave me the chance to cast envious looks at the incredible Special of the day which was ‘Butternut Squash, massaged Kale in Avocado salsa, served with Coconut Quinoa which was presented most beautifully in a type of tier of orange and green! All the Desserts appealed to me but my Mum opted to head straight for her Super Food Hot Chocolate as that is one of her most favourite things in the world. I had a spicy hot chocolate. It was absolutely delicious and because it was sweetened with coconut sugar it was not too sweet. I could have ordered a few more - Yum! And, given that my Mother has hot chocolate where ever she goes she could not stop complimenting how ‘not sickly sweet’ it was and how it was ‘just the right temperature’ and ‘really chocolatey’. And, of course, Super Foods do make you feel - Super!!So, another hit for birthday Mum, and one daughter; relieved! Despite a brisk lunchtime trade, the manager Joel Gazdar still gave us some of his personal time and explained some of the processes etc used in the creation of his foods. The whole experience was very positive and the food sublime. I thoroughly recommend this special cafe to any one who wants quality, nutritious and above all, delicious food in a friendly atmospheric cafe. I look forward to returning! From Rebecca Rainbow, London.
What a disappointment; poor service and tasteless mush. Rarely have I eaten such poorly presented and lacking in flavour. Juices came after meal finished. Falafel was in burnt toast. Really not up to scratch. Avoid
Wild Food Cafe is offering colourful raw and cooked dishes with real depth of flavour, made fresh on-site. We've tried their chocolate mousse, thai noodles, raw burgers, falafel sandwich, fig baclava. It's all delicious! Yummy!
WOW not only the best smoothies, i've ever had (and I've tried alot!) but the sandwiches and the sunfood noodles are the most sublime too, my mouth waters at writing it, definitely making this a regular! Cheers