Lu-Ma

Restaurants, Cafés Wimbledon
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A healthy-eating Wimbledon café located on the ground floor of the Justin James Hotel.

Just before the leafy part of Wimbledon leading from Raynes Park merges into the town’s homage to ’70s architecture, there’s the Justin James hotel. You’ll recognise it by the banners draped on its frontage advertising any number of holistic therapies. As part of that commitment, the hotel has now extended the ‘nutritional wing’ of the business, the Lu-Ma cafe.

While always popular with the locals, chaos tended to descend should, for instance, anyone bring in a couple of pushchairs. The interior has now more than doubled in size and a sense of calm has almost descended on the place. Olive and white paintwork, sanded floorboards and exposed sandstone brickwork are the order of the day.

Staff greet customers at the door with a menu, before finding them somewhere to sit, and prove knowledgeable enough about their products to placate everyone from the impassioned and inquisitive to curious first-timers.

Food can be vegan, gluten-free or vegetarian with the option to add egg, fish and chicken to most dishes. Red meat is unavailable (due, we’re told, to its high fat content), as are dairy and refined sugar, again because Lu-Ma is all about ‘conscious eating’ – and you’ll probably be told this at least twice on your visit.

The menu is varied and all food is cooked fresh and on site. When we popped in on a cold Sunday afternoon, we enjoyed a hearty – if uninspiring – carrot and parsley soup, plus a well-presented open sandwich of falafel and houmous, which came with a crunchy seed-sprinkled side salad. The cup cakes looked too good to resist, but proved dry and disappointing. Luckily, a slice of the thick-set pecan pie managed to restore faith.

Non-believers might suggest that the folks at Lu-Ma are riding a wave of New Year resolutions, but our guess is that there’ll be an orderly queue at the door for some time to come.

By: Dave Faulkner

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Venue name: Lu-Ma
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Address: 43 Worple Rd
London
SW19 4JZ
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4.9 / 5

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Great healthy food - no sugar in sight - plus really friendly staff. It's a great place to sit and work, or meet friends. The brunch menu is particularly good. 

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The vibe of this place is great with the background music and light wooden furniture. It was pretty quiet when I arrived about noon Saturday but gradually got busier as the hour went by. It's pretty small inside so keep that in mind! There's a ton of great-looking veg options and I got the white bean burger with sweet potato fries and the turmeric latte. The food arrived relatively quickly. The latte was interesting; frothy and creamy like a chai latte and similar spice but not exactly like it. Served in a tall glass, it's quite filling. The bean burger (which I got bunless) was quite disappointing though: too dry and flavourless. Ditto with the sweet potato fries; I've had much better as these lacked any seasoning. However, I had the brown lentil curry/sweet potato jacket for takeaway and I ate that at home today and that was very good. It's a generous portion as well for an excellent price. The side salad that accompanies it is tangy and delicious. I also got two vegan desserts: a Nutella donut and a Snickers bar and both honestly were just OK and suffered the fate of many vegan desserts I've had. They're just not tasty/sweet enough.

I found the staff to be mixed. One cashier was very friendly but a young man with a shaved head working there appeared bored and somewhat sarcastic. Staff was also not diligent on asking on how food was after being served or clearing dishes until after they had sat for a while.


Not only do they have a fabulous menu of healthy food but they often have expert advise on hand to help with specific issues you might have. Fabulous atmosphere for those that care about their health.


Great veggie food that even my meat eating friends love, Lu-ma has an amazing range of tasty dishes and smoothies!


Fantastically healthy and delicious with a lovely atmosphere. Looking forward to going back soon :)


Excellent place in every sense: Food just amazing, my family is vegetarian and my son is vegan and we just cannot go wrong at Lu-Ma. The service is impeccable and the variety of dishes and products are top quality.


Fabulous little cafe / restaurant in Wimbledon offering tasty healthy food and catering for anyone suffering from food intolerances. Lovely owners. Simply brilliant!


I love Lu-Ma because it is one of the few places where you can get clean natural food no sugar or additives in there food, lots of knowledge behind there food they serve.A friendly and lovely place to be in.


Staff are so friendly. The food is INCREDIBLE. Especially for those with dietary requirements including vegan. So much choice. Lovely quiet location too, away from the noise near the station.


Delicious and healthy food! I love the gluten free, dairy free, raw cakes! It's one of the only places I can everything on the menu! I highly recommend the afternoon tea.