Wild Food Café

Restaurants, Global Covent Garden
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Venue says Devoted to vitality. Innovative, organic plant-based food. Now on Uber Eats.

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.

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Wild Food Café says
We get inspired by flavours and ingredients from all four corners of the world and put our signature ‘wild’ twist to them. Our aim is to provide a little vision on how food could be if we just imagined so! In our world, food is a celebration of life and thriving and every dish at Wild Food Cafe is an expression of that.

We strive to find the most nourishing, inspiring ingredients including wild crafted and foraged foods from pristine eco-systems, small organic farmers and ethical and local suppliers. Everything on our ever-changing seasonal menu is created to nourish your bodies, hearts and minds in the most delicious, creative and healthy way we can imagine. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, plant-based, raw food, organic, fresh juices.
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By: Miriam Bouteba

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Venue name: Wild Food Café
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Address: 1st floor
14 Neal's Yard
14 Neal's Yard
London
WC2H 9DP
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 11.30am-9pm; Fri-Sat 11.30am-10pm; Sun 11.30am-7pm; Mon closed
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
Price: Main courses £5.30-£14.50. Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30
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Chandni A
tastemaker

Wild food cafe is tucked away in Neals Yard in Covent Garden and serves raw and wholesome food. We went around 17.30 and we left our details to contact us when a table came free. We waited about 30 mins to receive the text telling us the table was ready.

It is quite a cramped space and we were seated on a table with another couple. It overlooks the hustle and bustle of Neals Yard. We ordered two of the samurai burgers, the apricot houmous with crackers and the sweet potato. The samurai burger came as two seeded patties with a filling of mushrooms, tomatoes, onions and olives. It was a delicious and an interesting combination, and was the best part of the meal. The crackers with the apricot houmous were not that apricoty but were quite oily. The sweet potato was also yummy...but you can't go wrong with sweet potato in my opinion!

We didn't enjoy the take on the hot chocolate as it had quite an earthy flavour.

Overall I was quite impressed with the food and it changed my opinion about these type of wholesome food cafes!

Sarah R
tastemaker

When my friends suggest ‘Vegetarian place’ in my mind I am initially almost always against it. Not because I would love meat so much, not at all. I mainly eat veggies and find meat most of the time quite unnecessary.But because I love indulgent meals and I associate vegeerian with boring dishes.
Most of the time I am proven wrong and are those trips to vegetarian/ vegan restaurants one of the best ones.
The same happened with Wild Café. My friend suggested we meet up there, since she was doing another one of her cleanses. She is one of those, always on a detox kind of people. ‘’Alright,’’ I said ‘’let’s go there’’ struggling to come up with some alternative restaurant idea. I was in the mood for something Italian and with loads of sauce, but was hoping I could find something similar in her healthy- food place.

To my surprise, as soon as we came in, I loved it.
The interiors very much reminded of Bali health cafes, all yoga and health stuff, waiters were friendly and smiley. They advised me what to order and I was impatiently awaiting my meal.
They change their menus according to seasons, in order to keep in fresh and relevant. I had courgette pasta in soup … which is the worst explanation ever. But it was delicious, light but filling and certainly not bland or boring. I was so inspired by the courgette pasta, I later on bought spiralizer to make my own pasta at home. Main followed up by dessert, which was raw spicy pumpkin cake and it was out of this world delicious. It might not seem like a filling lunch, but by the time I finished the dessert, I could barely move.
It’s a wonderful place and can’t wait to visit it again!


Good to know: You can’t book a table so come early, or be ready to wait. Not the best place for dates, as you usually share table with other guests.

Crystal P

So special that it should be kept a secret. Great if you love something a bit special and have a bit of a special diet.. And embrace communal vibe of the place, tables are large enough to feel like your not even sharing a table.

Virginia D

A space filled with love where the most beautiful, delicious, nutritious food is created every day 💗 Simply my favourite place to be and eat 💗

kate m

This place is a bursting, delicious, vibrant, community-driven, life-affirming, colourful space of appreciation & intention.
Nourishment served up as plates of love.
Feel the buzz afterwards.

Milly E
tastemaker

This place is amazing for anyone who enjoys healthy/vegan/vegetarian food. The pizzas are so delicious (if a little on the small side) and everything is so flavoursome you almost forget that you're eating healthy vegan food rather than the full fat option. 


The star of the show is the decadent chocolate smoothie (that of course contains no actual chocolate). It's hands down the most delicious thing ever but doesn't make me feel sick afterwards - winner!

alex b

the best and friendliest place in town!!! love it to the moon and back

Filip R

Amazing food, beautiful waitress Rada created for us such highvibe dessert that we are foying now :)


Blumenthalesque dishes that are totally yummy. I've been a few times and whoever is going with is always pleased too. Great location that makes it seem not so busy and so healthy I love it. 

Elizabeth D

Never fails to disappoint: always fresh, always innovative and makes me leave feeling on cloud 9! Best food and service in London x

Hanna R

Best food in the WHOLE world, never mind just Covent Garden! 10/10 always from me :) Incredible, innovative, fresh plant based food and a great team that always serve you with love and a smile :)

fi H

Delicious food, creative and healthy, good vibe and amazing people :)

Maja P

This is my absolute favourite restaurants in London! If you love raw vegan food, this is the place to go! Their desserts are out of this world delicious, they are very innovative when creating their seasonal menus. The staff is also very friendly and informative. The tables in the cafe are made for sharing so even if you come for a meal on your own you will feel like you are a part of their incrediably positive community and you are very likely to start a conversation with the person sitting opposite or next to you!

Laura A

Just the healthiest, most delicious and most ethical food with the best vibe for feel good living

Allasyummyfood
tastemaker

It was really yummy dinner and experience. I went with my friends and they loved it! We had burger and sushi and also chocolate tart which was incredible. It was quite expensive, but I would go again! 

Jo Gowans
Tastemaker

I took a vegan friend here for dinner as I've been meaning to try it out. Despite a great location over Neal's Yard, the tables are extremely cramped - this isn't the place to come for a date or a meaningful heart to heart. It was tricky to get the attention of the servers, and we had to ask for a couple of things more than once, but they were friendly enough. We shared a burrito which was packed with veg and which I enjoyed very much, as well as a somewhat dry veggie burger with coconut bacon which I didn't so much. The chocolate tart for dessert was a highlight, but for the price I'd be looking for a more pleasant perch. 

Hammertime
moderatorStaff Writer

This place would be a go to for a healthy lunch if it wasn't so expensive. I know good food costs but I'm not sure why my quinoa burger needed to be £13. Still, the place had a nice vibe and the staff were as cheery.

Bonnie W
Tastemaker

This restaurant is in a great location, perched above Neal's Yard. It has a bit of a cramped feel inside though, with an open kitchen and communal tables. Being vegetarian, it's always a treat go to a restaurant where I can pick anything on the menu and the Wild Food Cafe has a goof variety to choose from.

Christie A

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.

Tatiana N
Staff Writer

My favourite veggie/vegan place in London and it's just around the corner from the office :) I went there with my partner who's been vegetarian for years now, and he shares the same opinion: food is delicious, staff is so nice, and even if it's always busy and you might have to wait a bit for a table, the all environment is peaceful and fresh - they have huge windows overlooking the courtyard - and you can relax the moment you walk in. I also love the building from outside (the all courtyard is really pretty). I would definitely recommend - even for non veggies is a great option for a healthy meal and right there in Covent Garden so perfect location too. 

Soochy

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 

Sofia P

Such a wonderful, friendly and communal atmosphere with fantastic food! Great interior and staff as well, I always have the best experiences here!

Holly Medcalfe

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.

Teramo

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!

eDI

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.

Melanie

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

Rebecca Rainbow

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.

Tim Johns

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

Adam

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!

Lance

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