So I thought it was about time I shared Jamie’s and my London food experience. We arrived midday in London and I was so unbelievably excited to try all these places that I’ve been following (drooling over) on Instagram. Let’s just say I have a list of healthy places in London that I couldn’t wait to start ticking off. It’s just an entire different world for someone who loves healthy food in London. The difference in standard of the health food scene between London and Glasgow is like night and day almost. I know it’s slowly picking up here but it’s only just the beginning whilst London was an entire different level. Having these healthy options is so important and would really help people keeping healthy when they are out and about. London’s health food scene is so inspiring and showed how healthy food should be creative, fun and delicious and that is what nearly every place we went to was.
The first place we visited for a late lunch was Mae Deli. I have been Deliciously Ella’s fan for quite a while now, her cookbook changed my view on food and Jamie ordered her new book for me for Christmas. I cannot wait for it to arrive! So it was safe to say that I was excited to try her and her fiancés newly opened deli in Marylebone, just a couple of minutes away from Hyde Park. An excellent location for anyone needing to refuel after shopping on Oxford Street or their run in Hyde Park.
The deli looks so cosy from the first moment it catches your eye with its vibrant blue colour. Once you get inside the staff warmly greets you and you almost feel like stepping into someone’s home. Mae Deli serves breakfast in the morning and is open until 9pm most days. During lunch you have various options to choose from to make up your own bowl. There are hot and cold options as well as some meat, for those in need of their meat making it a place with options for everyone. Jamie and I both stuck to the vegan options. Unfortunately the first time we were there the downstairs area, that looks like a little peaceful English cottage, was full so we ended up on the barstools upstairs. It was still a great seat and there were plenty of outlets everywhere for those wanting to do a bit of work or charge their phone.
The food was absolutely incredible and I loved every mouthful. When the staff asked us how it was, for the first time ever I think, I couldn’t pick out a favourite on my plate. Everything was amazing. All the salads worked together and their hummus was divine. It was even better than I had imagined it would be! Once we had devoured our plates we decided to have something sweet. We couldn’t make up our minds and ended up choosing three different things. The brownie was delicious and so was the orange chocolate ball. We were not huge fans of the maca one but it was still okay.
Both Jamie and I left wanting more. The next day when we were in the Marylebone area later in the day and we decided to pop by for a snack, just couldn’t stay away. The staff were so helpful and I got the opportunity to try their latest addition to their beverage menu, a healthy hot chocolate. It was amazing to be able drink something hot other than tea when at a café. I never do because I don’t drink coffee and hot chocolate and other drinks like it are full of sugar. We also ordered some of their toasted rye bread, Jamie had a avocado on his whilst I had to try their PB &Jelly. It had homemade peanut butter and fruit compote on top as the jelly. I have to say that sandwich was one of the tastiest sandwiches I’ve ever had in my life. I could eat it all day everyday. The hot chocolate tasted amazing and you wouldn’t be able to tell it was made with only healthy ingredients.
This visit we managed to get a seat downstairs and we stayed for ages just chatting and relaxing, as many seemed to be doing. It’s so cosy that you could stay for hours without realising time flying by. Even downstairs you have lots of place to charge your phone or laptop.
After awhile Jamie insisted we had to get going, which we did I just didn’t really want to 😛 I can’t wait until my next trip to London so I can visit Mae Deli again. If you haven’t been you are really missing out!