The Detox Kitchen

Restaurants, Cafés Fitzrovia
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The flagship restaurant from the group behind a small chain of health-eating delis.

When you find yourself queuing for a wheat- and dairy-free salad next to a small dog in a luxury carry pouch, you know what kind of establishment you’re in. This is the first sit-down café by the creators of the popular Detox Kitchen range of deliver-to-your-door food cleanses. The space itself is perfectly nice, if slightly sterile – a large, whitewashed room with benches upholstered in hospital-green fabric. The plastic-surgery-clinic waiting room feel is probably intentional – DK is all about whipping that bod into shape. Indeed, on our visit a large number of its clientele were Sweaty Betty’d up to the eyeballs, having, apparently, all just arrived from yoga.

The spread of salads on display on the counter was attractive, but we found the ordering system perplexing, and the glossy staff too harried to explain it in anything more than a slightly impatient way, even though it wasn’t that busy. You choose a £3 ‘protein’, and then add your choice of small (£3.95), medium (£5.95) or large (£7.95) salad as an accompaniment. Portions were generous and many of the salads full of flavour, particularly the kale, aubergine and miso. Roasted cauliflower in a cumin yoghurt dressing was also light and refreshing, but a quinoa and spring onion combination disappointingly bland. The ‘proteins’ were nice enough – the (cold) paprika-spiced veggie burger, made with red lentils and chickpeas, was wholesome, and the egg wrap pretty ingenious – essentially a tortilla, but using a thin houmous and veggie filled-omelette instead of a dreaded carb. So far, so virtuous. But a matcha latte with almond milk was, despite its bright green colour, entirely devoid of flavour, and took forever to arrive.

But truth be told, poor service and confusing pricing ruined our experience. When we checked our bill, mains had dramatically risen in price, with one ‘protein’ leaping from £3 to £5.90. Prices on the board were for takeout only and if you wanted the eat-in cost you had to ask – bad practice, in our book. Fans of the DK brand (which include Gwyneth Paltrow) will probably enjoy this place’s holier-than-thou eats. But it needs to smooth out some issues before it’s somewhere we’d return to, even if it’s in its salad days.

By: Flo Wales Bonner

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Venue name: The Detox Kitchen
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Address: Fitzroy Place
10 Mortimer St
London
W1T 3JJ
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus
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tastemaker

A great option, if you have dietary restrictions (eg. allergies, intolerances) - everything is clearly labelled and you know exactly what is and isn't in your food. I came here a few weeks ago (during my dairy-free month) and was happy to find that there were plenty of options to accommodate for different diets. 


I went for the fresh food and had the option with 1 protein + 2 sides/salads. For my protein, I went for Salmon Fishcakes, which are one of the many ways I enjoy eating salmon. These were well portioned and really tasty even though they were served at room temperature. For the salads, I had a Sweet Potato Salad, which was really generous in portion size. There was a good amount, which really filled me up and gave me the energy I needed for the rest of my afternoon. For my other side, I had a Cauliflower Couscous, which was surprisingly good! I didn't know what to expect, as I've never tried eating cauliflower in this way before. But again, it was well seasoned and prepared so that made it enjoyable to eat. Everything went well with each other as well and I was definitely full by the time I cleaned my plate. 


I sat in to have this and really liked the plates they used to serve my lunch on. It made the food on my plate even more enticing to eat! As for the atmosphere, it's a small café so not too many seats, but most people coming in seem to get a takeaway order so that's good. It's also very brightly lit, which I liked and felt quite open and spacious even though there weren't too many tables. 

Tastemaker

Lovely cafe in Fitzrovia with delicious and healthy food which you can select from the open bar or from the fridge. Sitting outside in the sun enjoying a salmon salad was a really nice break from the rush of the city. Now I know why the Soho location is always so packed. Luckily, Fitzrovia branch has more seating. Perfect place for lunch.