Do you ever find yourself seeing the same restaurants’ food pop up every time you scroll through your Instagram feed? There they are: Teasingly giving you those appetite inducing ‘come and eat me!’ eyes, right before they are strategically snapped by an iPhone, then smugly devoured by one hell of a lucky Londoner.
What’s worse is when the restaurant happens to be on the other side of the country. You know what I mean?
For me, this place was always The Detox Kitchen in Fitzrovia – and the overload of posts continuously made me more and more intrigued about their fiiiine ass lookin’ food, simply by lustfully admiring from afar. Hey – you can always count on social media on a samey Wednesday night to give you unbearable amounts of food jealousy!
But I am a girl who goes after what she wants. Or in this case – a foodie who goes after what she wants to eat. Same thing.
And so that wishful thinking soon came to a blissful end as I headed down to the Big City for a much overdue food safari. Before I knew it, I was stepping in to The Detox Kitchen itself; armed with a Nikon camera for memories and a very empty stomach for feeding.
Being there for just the day, I had a lot of places I wanted to go in one afternoon – so my visit was a little on the swift side… Yet pretty tactful, I’d say. I loaded up with the savoury goods for lunch so I could get my sweet fix later on. Looking back, I’m pretty happy with my choice…
So here’s how it went.
The first thing I noticed was the light and airy atmosphere; beautifully set up by the huge windows that overlook Fitzrovia, along with the classically neutral colour scheme that you’d expect from a health eatery, aaaand plants.
Lots and lots of plants.
You’ll also see rows of long tables ready to seat the customers; great if you just want to grab a quick lunch with your friend and don’t mind sharing salt and pepper with strangers. I am totally that kind of person who loves that easy and sociable way of dining, so I felt right at home!
The healthy ethos runs all the way through the brand through the use of fresh interiors and subtle little touches; like the fancy water bottles infused with lemon and mint and of course, plenty of vases packed with the most delicious freshly picked flowers.
Along with their own products they also have offerings from other brands – like the famous Qnola (This is literally everywhere in London, Danielle is KILLING it!!) and Sister & Co Coconut Oil…
Obviously The Detox Kitchen know their target audience pretty well, and I couldn’t not pick up a tub to take home with me.
Aaaaand now for the part you’re really interested in seeing… THE FOOD.
I have to say, I was in total heaven here. The deli is LOADED with their delectable signature salads which you can fill a small, large or medium plate or box with.
So much colour, so much selection… There was something for every one to choose from; be it vegans and vegetarians to the more meat/protein focused diet.
Considering I’d not eaten since breakfast and had had a pretty hectic morning of delayed trains and catching taxis – of course the large plate option was a no brainer.
Basically, you can fill it with pretty much any amount of salad you like and add on a protein for an extra £3: Including freshly made frittata, poached salmon, grilled chicken and a big ass baked aubergine.
After a lot of indecisive contemplation, this is what I got…
That’s a niiiiice juicy poached salmon fillet paired with their chargrilled broccoli, courgetti pesto salad, roasted cauliflower and kale + aubergine miso salad. Not forgetting a generous spoonful of homemade hummus to finish.
Admittedly not the most appealing looking plate – but boy, were the flavours there!
For me, this was just so, SO on point.
I love it when my food is full of different textures and flavours that you wouldn’t perhaps usually put together – and the fact that I had the ability to pick and choose exactly what I wanted was really appealing to me.
I felt pretty full by the end though… So a dessert was off the cards (especially as I was heading out to go and eat more food!) – but their selection of baked cakes/raw goods looked tempting…
If you’re ever in London – then I highly recommend stopping by The Detox Kitchen for a more relaxed ‘catch up with your friends’ kinda lunch experience. And if you’re lucky enough to visit here on a regular basis: then I really, really envy you! Do let me know your thoughts on what you like about it, and perhaps any recommendations on what I should try next time I come (hopefully soon)…
And with that, it was on to zee next stop: Bodyism down Westbourne Grove for ACAI BOWL HEAVENNNNN! *Keep your eyes peeled for a fresh post coming soon*