Mandira

Restaurants, Cafés Covent Garden
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Mandira – a cute, clean spot on the far eastern end of Covent Garden’s Long Acre – bills itself as ‘London’s first fresh yoghurt bar’. It’s a slightly bizarre concept, but not a bad one, and most of the menu is indeed based around tubs of yoghurt, embellished with either sweet or savoury toppings.

Being lunchtime, I ditched the fruit, nuts, honey and herbs of the sweets and plumped straight for the savoury. A bowl topped with hummus and za’atar was over salty, and the texture – smooth yoghurt + slightly grainy chickpeas and a sprinkling of sumac – was odd, though by no means awful. Far better was a bowl strewn with good-quality smoked salmon, dill and excellent olive oil (an amazing bagel filling without the bread, basically); and then one topped with smokey aubergine purée, sharp cherry toms and nicely punchy chilli pepper.

The only problem was that none of this felt like a meal, per se: even with (or perhaps because of) a bag of tangy, oily bread chips, it all screamed ‘upmarket dinner party dips’ rather than lunch. Lucky, then, that Mandira also does an ace line in simit bagels: skinny, chewy Turkish breads best filled with mild kasseri goat’s cheese and Turkish-style cured beef (one of the best sandwiches I’ve had in eons and a steal at a fiver). Get one of those and demote those yoghurt bowls to dipping duty and you’ll be pleased as punch.

By: Tom Howells

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Venue name: Mandira
Contact:
Address: 78b Long Acre
London
WC2E 9NG
Opening hours: Also, we changed our opening times for spring/summer. The new opening times will be: Weekdays: 8am-7pm Weekend: 11am-6pm
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
Price: Lunch for two with soft drinks (no service): around £20.
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Traveling from Iceland and staying in Covent Garden with my 13y old daughter for a few days as she's dancing at Pinapple Studio. We were looking for a good breakfast that would keep her full and packed with good energy. We came across Mandira and it was exactly what we where looking for. Their sweet bowls are AMAZING! We've already been there 2 mornings in a row and will be going there again.

Highly recommended if you are looking for something healthy but yet delicious!

Very friendly staff too.

Tastemaker

A yoghurt bar. Three simple words, one genius concept. Mandira is apparently London’s first ever fresh yoghurt bar and let’s not dither around with anything other than the truth here – it’s brilliant. Opened late last year, it had been on my list for a while, with my plan being to visit on a sunny Saturday for pots of creamy, thick yogurt topped with all manner of things sweet, savoury & delicious but this being London – and a Bank Holiday – meant that naturally it was flipping cold, I got rained on and instead opted for warming eggs, latkes and simit bagels.


Sat at the top of Long Acre, this place is small, spotless and staffed with people happy to explain the menu. Yoghurt bowls – standard bio-live or coconut make this a good spot to earmark for the vegan in your life – are either £3.95 of £4.95 while homemade soup, latkes, eggs, smoothies & bagels start at £2 and knock off around the £6.50 mark plus there are some good ‘multi-buy’ deals that really mark Mandira out as being an oasis of well-priced, tasty food in a sea of over-priced, tourist-bait chains.


Turkish eggs are in possession of deep orange yolks spilling into cool, tangy, chilli sprinkled yoghurt and they’re immensely dippable with crunchy bagel toasts, vegetable based latkes are chunky & satisfying especially when paired with silky, green, sesame tahini and simit bagels are good-enough-to-stop-me-talking-long-enough-to-gobble-them-down delicious. Crunchy, chewy, skinny & seedy, they’re exceptionally light and the perfect carrier for both sweet and savoury fillings; the ricotta, fig & honey is a nice way to end lunch but don’t leave without trying the knockout Turkish pastrami & kasseri cheese option; it’s a salty, soft, savoury dream of a carb-lovers’ fix.


Sitting in and drying out while watching rain streak the windows and feasting on really excellent food is one of my all-time favourite ways to pass an hour or two and come rain or shine, Mandira has firmly booked a place on my list of hidden gem, quick bite destinations and if you find yourself in one of London’s busiest neighbourhoods and desperate for something a bit more exciting than the obligatory been-out-since-6am coffeeshop scone or scandalously expensive fish & chips, you’d do well to put it on yours too.

Tastemaker

Awesome concept that hadn't existed in London before the two partners of MAndira decided to open a yogurt bar in Covent Garden. Noticed it when I was running errands in Covent Garden, had to pop in and check it out. Growing up eating yogurt with almost every meal I couldn't believe my eyes that a café specializing in yogurt topped with sweet and savory toppings was opened in London. They basically serve small or large yogurt pots ( plain yogurt with no added sugar) with their signature toppings like orange, pistachio and chocolate or grapes and stuffed vine leaves. They also bake fresh Turkish sesame bagels and serve them plain or as sandwiches filled with cheese and other ingredients. Yogurt is a very healthy snack and I am so happy that a café in London gives it the attention it deserves.


Great alternative for healthy food! Never feeling guilty after having Mandira.


Stopped in here while shopping in Covent Garden, I stopped in for a quick snack. I was delighted to see a great range of healthy and delicious food, specifically the Sweet and Savoury Greek yoghurt Bowls with toppings that O would have never thought could be paired together that worked so well! This is definitely going to be my favourite venue to visit whenever I am in Covent Garden area.

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