Well, we’re now two months through the year and by this point, only the committed are still sticking to their new year’s resolutions! Fortunately i am still in this group and I haven’t forgotten my goal and commitment at the start of the year:
‘I will personally eat at 20 different vegetation, vegan or raw restaurants around the world by December and write a review on my blog for you.’
Well yesterday, I managed to tick of a third restaurant whilst i was in Central London.
Situated almost right next to Tottenham Court Road station at the much less fashionable end of Oxford Street sits Vantra, a new agy, vegetarian restaurant that opened in November.
Vantra used to be based around the corner until that site was redevelopedInside Vantra – interesting shaped tables
So the restaurant itself has an eastern feel to it, with uneven shaped tables, light shades that look like folded-up paper and low flickering light that gives the place an evening feel anytime of day. The menu itself was a bit overwhelming at first. Too much choice. Lots of juices and smoothies and a system for ordering food that wasn’t immediately obvious.
Given that I stayed at a hotel last night in Cheltenham, I hadn’t had my daily green juice, so was despertate for one. I ordered a Green Rejuvenator, not everyone’s favourite I’m sure, but it had celery, kale, cucumber, ginger, mint…just what the doctor ordered.My lunch – delicious
As it was lunch-time, they had a decent buffet with lots of raw, salady dishes, sprouts as well as dhal and some more Indian-style, hot dishes. The deal is that you can buy two different sized bowls and make your selection. I bought a large box and filled it up with mainly raw delights. I also spied their delicious-looking raw desserts and bought a couple of their cookies (which were a bit too sweet for my taste). I then bought a green smoothie which was a bit too much..
- You’re into juices and smoothies and super herbs, you’ll be spoilt for choice
- You are following a special diet (macrobiotic or raw for instance)–all of their dishes are free of animal products, added sugar, gluten, GMO and artificial chemicals
- You’re into hand prepared, nutrient rich, raw, vegan, organic food – their menu is full of small and large dishes
- You are into cooked vegan food, there’s plenty on the menu to keep you happy
- You have cash in your pocket (they only take cash)
- Above all, do come if you’re feeling depleted in terms of energy. All of the live nutrients that entered my blood gave me a massive boost
DON’T go if:
1. You’re into high fat, animal products (unless you’re doing a cleanse), you’ll be hungry
2. If you’re into processed sugar – all of the dishes are sugar-free
3. If you don’t have any cash – although there is a cash machine just across the street
4. If you don’t like crowds. The restaurant is in a busy, touristy, strip so gets a lot of footfall. I sat next to Americans on the one side and a Turkish family on the other…
5. If you’re on a strict budget. My meal came to £14 which is good for central London, but compares very unfavorably to salads in regional places
So overall, I’d give Vantra an 8/10. i’ll definitely return when i’m in Central London. It’s my kind of place.