Leon

Restaurants, Global Spitalfields
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Leon

With nine outlets in London (and counting) and two high-profile cookbooks, Leon is fast becoming a fixture on the capital’s fast-food scene. We welcome it; the company’s commitment to animal welfare, sustainability and healthy but tasty food is admirable, and the simple culinary creations usually work well.

This branch is perhaps the coolest (and is certainly one of the largest). Industrial ceiling fittings, glass walls and mismatched 1950s furniture (battered leather sofas, lamps with retro patterns) are juxtaposed with metal tables and chairs and wooden picnic tables in the front terrace area.

Lunchtimes are busy. The hot dishes we sampled were both satisfying and fresh: grilled halloumi combined perfectly with a sweet chilli relish, while aïoli chicken was both light and creamy. A brown rice and fresh coleslaw accompaniment (the same for all hot dishes) was wholesome and flavourful. Other excellent bets include the ‘better brownie’ (extremely moist) and smoothies. Breakfast baps, organic porridge, various wraps (mexican salsa, chilli chicken), superfood salads, and fruit- and spice-filled tea-time treats like cranberry and pecan flapjacks provide sustaining and delicious snacks or meals. A welcome addition to the Spitalfields food court.

 

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Venue name: Leon
Contact:
Address: 3 Crispin Place
London
E1 6DW
Opening hours: Meals served 8am-10pm Mon, Tue, 8am-10.30pm Wed-Fri; 9am-10pm Sat; 9am-8pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail or Shoreditch High Street rail
Price: Main courses £3.95-£6.75. Set dinner (6pm-close Mon-Sat) £27.50 2 courses (2 people)
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Leah P
tastemaker

Leon pride themselves on good wholesome cooked foods :) I highly recommend to a good healthy filling lunch. I had an avocado and chicken salad, which was the perfect size for me and very tastie 👌🏼 Staff were pleasant and all the calories accounted for if on a calories controlled diet...

Julie R
Tastemaker

This place is a bit pricey, so more of a treat place for lunch than an every day place.  I purchased a sausage and egg muffin yesterday, at almost £4, it is a lot more expensive than a McDonalds breakfast, but I convinced myself that it must be much healthier from here as it advertises itself as a health eatery.  It was nice, but the sausages were a bit too herby for me for a breakfast. 


I have also had the kefir milkshake from there, which is really nice, but just seems to be a couple of sips and it is gone. 

Elizabeth P
tastemaker

For me Leon is the original healthier option for fast food. The rice boxes are filling, well balanced and I love being able to get brown rice with a meal!

Chicken options are always juicy and delicious and they often introduce new items to the menu. Wraps are a handy option for when you're eating on the go.

It's not the cheapest option and I'm sure if you ate it every day it's not that good for you but Leon's food is fresh and tasty and makes a nice chance from the standard sandwich, sushi or salad bars that saturate the lunch market. You feel like they've really thought about cooking balanced meals and through all their paraphernalia are trying to encourage us to do the same.

Alanna S
Tastemaker

Great lunchtime option. Good value, flavoursome, healthy boxes and wraps. Love the chicken and chorizo box. Fast food rather than a sit down meal. Pleased to see how quickly it's grown across London.

Chris
Tastemaker

The fish finger wrap is a lunchtime staple, and their lemon/ginger cake is a classic. The salad bowls have shrunk over the years but the wraps are still great, as are the baked fries.

Chesca R
Tastemaker

I can always rely on Leon for a filling and delicious lunch. The garlic in the dressing can sometimes be pretty potent so choose carefully if garlic breath isn't ideal for your post lunch activities. The hot dishes are great in the colder weather. They used to do a really good chocolate mousse but it seems to have disappeared. The fish finger wrap is a superb hangover cure. The loyalty card is the way forward as I rack them up quite quickly so I can get a free smoothie or side if a little bonus is needed. 

NP
Staff Writer

The space has been recently revamped with a lick of paint that makes it look brighter. What it loses in warm-hued cosiness it makes up for in the reliable quality of the food. Not widely advertised are the kids' meals – healthy and excellent value at only £2.70, for which you get fish, chicken, meatballs or gently spiced gobi, plus brown rice, broccoli and peas. Tip – ask for a loyalty card: the staff will often give several stamps per visit and you get a generous choice of a free side or dessert as well as the usual coffee when it's full.