I’m on a mission to find the world’s best vegetarian food. It’s one of my 25 aims for my 25th year. This month, this self-set assignment took me to the Wild Food Café overlooking colourful hippy-haven Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden.

wild food cafe

This laid-back, all-inclusive restaurant centres around raw superfoods that taste ‘orgasmic’ and look delicious to boot. “We focus on wild, fresh, colourful gourmet ingredients & plant-based (vegan and vegetarian) cuisine.”

The café was set up by Joel and Aiste, both of whom are devoted to making vegan and vegetarian cuisine mainstream diets. We pulled up a corner on the communal benches staring out of the brightly coloured window and drooled over the menu choices.

wild food cafe milkshakeTo drink, we went for the ‘Forgotten Ecstasy’ – raw cacao liquor, cacao nibs, dates, figs, almonds, coconut, cinnamon, vanilla. It tasted like a healthy chocolate milkshake.

wild food cafe

To eat, we opted for the sourdough bruschetta with new season cherry tomatoes, creamy avocado, shallots and basil, and a side of sweet potato chips, which were soft and flavoursome (although nothing beats a proper bowl of chips in my mind).  The bruschetta was crunchy and tangy and left us wanting more.

neal's yard

After a recent piece in FT Magazine about the future of food I was delighted to have found a café so focused around changing the food agenda, and showing that vegetarian is the way to go. The FT Magazine piece agreed: “the way food arrives on our plates today is offensively wasteful, harmful to the planet and unkind to its residents, both four-legged and bipedal.” Wild Food Café, I’ll be back.




  1. Kate November 13, 2014 / 5:23 pm

    That bruschetta looks delicious! I had an amazing vegetarian burrito a few days ago with soy meat substitute. I am a big fan of vegetarian food and I’m not even a vegetarian!

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