What’s the world coming to? Once upon a time, hearing the words ‘healthy eating’ would be enough to make most people scream in horror, desperately searching for the nearest bag of chips. But two of the nicest places we’ve been to recently make an explicit connection between their cooking and the pursuit of good health, yet their food is not just acceptable but outstanding.
First there was Maple & Fitz, in Fitzrovia, where a box of three salads will give you a filling, varied, and skilfully executed meal for just £6.95. (Stay away from the juices, in which health considerations trump questions of good taste.) Then came Bel-Air in Shoreditch, where a takeaway box of up to four salads costs even less (£5.50). They also do slightly less virtuous things such as crab cakes and braised beef, but those salads are so tasty we’re happy to keep saying the H-word. Good food that’s good for you: this is a trend we’re willing to bet on – and happy to take advantage of.
By Richard Ehrlich