Hello from across the pond. It’s always a treat to travel and explore new places. Enjoying fresh scenery and seeing how other cultures live helps us expand our own world. I was lucky to travel to London last week to visit my sister and, as I love to do, took the time to enjoy the amazing food scene. London has definitely become a food destination with an array of dining spots offering healthy dishes. So many great places with plant-based options. One of the things I love about London is that you can’t run out of great places to eat. There are so many offerings from a plethora of cuisines. Some of the best Indian and Middle Eastern food can be found in London. Come along with me and experience the wonderful dishes I enjoyed in London.
For a low-cost chain, the food is excellent here. The vegan Pad Thai was incredible. It’s a great place for lunch with so many vegetarian and vegan options. Although starting out in London, Wagamama now has established itself in NYC.
If you love Israeli/Mediterranean food, don’t miss this spot. Just make sure to book a reservation a couple weeks in advance. The food is very authentic and if you close your eyes for just a moment, you may feel like you are sitting in a lovely Tel Aviv cafe. I definitely enjoyed the smoky babaganoush and “Tree of Life” charred broccoli salad. HIghly recommend these two dishes.
- Ting at The Shard (in the Shangri-La Hotel)
Yes, The Ting Restaurant in the Shangri-la Hotel is a little pricey. But the captivating views that come along with dining, well there are no words. In addition to the dramatic views from the 36thfloor, the food and service was incredible. Plus lots of plant-based dishes in addition to the wonderful fish and poultry entrees. I loved the Roasted Carrots with Couscous.
If you love salads and other vegetable-centric dishes, make a stop for lunch at Mildred’s. The food is delicious and will keep you well-fueled as you explore the streets of London after your amazing meal.
As a lover of Middle Eastern food, I can’t leave London without stopping at Rashoul’s. The food is so fresh and delicious; from the creamy hummus and babaganoush to the grilled fish and meats, this Lebanese restaurant should be on your radar.
- The Chelsea Physics Garden Restaurant
Yes, you have to be a member of The Chelsea Physics Garden to dine here. If you know someone who is, please ask them to take you. Luckily, you have to walk through the garden to enjoy the lovely restaurant. The gardens are exquisite and you’ll be in for quite a treat. The food is lovely as well. They serve a variety of plant-based dishes, including some delicious salads. I chose the Superfoods Salad, which included lots of seeds. Getting back to the gardens, they are breathtaking and definitely worth a visit. The four-acre garden consists of various plantings that are well-curated to provide a nice variety of garden design. It’s definitely worth a visit. And walking in parks, or just walking for that matter, is a great form of exercise. It’s my favorite exercise to do when I travel. Here’s a pic from the lovely gardens:
7. Sticks and Sushi
This lovely Japanese restaurant has a wonderful menu with many interesting choices. The food was delicious. From sushi to salads to skewers of grilled vegetables and fish, this place has a large menu with excellent food and service. Highly recommend for a great lunch or dinner with prices that won’t break the bank. Beautiful interior with relaxing vibe.
Note from author: It’s been a while since I wrote a post, but my big projects for the past twelve months have been largely completed and The Trim Traveler is back! I’m glad you’re joining along with us as we travel the world and share with you healthy places to eat along with travel tips to keep you feeling energized. Thank you for waiting for me to pick up a pen and get back on track!
Lisa Stollman, MA, RDN, CDE, CDN, CLT is an award-winning Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who is passionate about helping people transform their lives with optimal nutrition. She received the 2015 Outstanding Dietitian of The Year from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Lisa is an entrepreneur, food influencer, speaker, private practitioner, and writer. Her new start-up, NutritionWellth, is an online company that will bring preventive nutrition and wellness services directly to customers. She is the co-author of “Making Nutrition Your Business,” 2nd Edition, Eat Right Press 2018.. In addition Lisa is the author of the ebook The Trim Traveler: How to Eat Healthy and Stay Fit While Traveling Abroad (Nirvana Press 2014) and The Teen Eating Manifesto (Nirvana Press 2012). In her private practice she specializes in plant-based nutrition, food sensitivities and diabetes for teens and adults. She consults with clients in Manhattan, Long Island and virtually. To find out more about Lisa or to book an appointment, please visit here.