I am lucky enough to be exposed to a plethora of lunching options near Soho and am attempting to try out new places every week to expand my vegan horizons and not rely on my favourite falafel place every time I lunch out (honourable mention to Yalla Yalla).
This week was the turn of Vital Ingredient. In general, I am a fan of Make Your Own salads but find they tend to be a little on the pricey side. However, VI (my new nickname for them) is not only reasonably priced but also offers an impressive amount of vegan friendly ingredients which are a little different from the normal salad fare.
Vital Ingredient invites you to create your own salad in 3 easy steps: 1. Choose your base – cos lettuce, mixed leaf, pasta, quinoa, brown rice or baby spinach. 2. Select 5 Ingredients and 3. Add a dressing.
Also, a very big credit to the fact that the menu indicates whether dishes and ingredients are Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy free, Gluten free, Fat Free etc so it makes life so much easier. Why can’t every restaurant do this?
I love the fact that you can mix it up and have a different dish each time. My chosen salad for the day was brown rice, spicy avocado, grilled sweet potato, grilled vegetables and edamame beans with a Mango Chilli dressing. Very delicious.
As well as their own House salads, there is a Hot Food section offering soups, ramen noodle soups, wraps and other delights and a Grab and Go section which includes raw pots and picnic boxes. I was also tempted by the array of healthy snacks at the till point (Damn that till point up-selling) but managed to resist this time.
Blokes went for a more boy style spicy concoction of brown rice, sweetcorn, olives, chilli’s, grilled sweet potato with a Sweet Onion dressing. The verdict was a big thumbs up and he promptly returned again the next day.
Vital Ingredient is soon to have a total of 14 stores in London. Fingers crossed, this restaurant will expand to other parts of the UK so you can all benefit from this healthy, yummy takeaway establishment. This has definitely been added to my regular lunch options and will be sure to check out the similarly impressive breakfast menu one day soon.
I would love to know your experiences of VI and any suggested salad recipes for my next trip.
Check out their website to find your nearest store if you live in London.
Thanks for reading.
London Vegan Bird