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Speak with any paleo fan and they’ll tell you that paleo isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle. This means that if you’re living the paleo life, you’ll want more than eggs and meat for dinner. Hey, just because cavemen aren’t around anymore doesn’t mean culinary creativity went away with them.
And here’s the good news: there are a growing number of spots in London that get what it means to be paleo and they’re going out of their way to make sure they can have their cake and eat it, too. Here are some of the best.
Okay, so The Good Life Eatery wasn’t created with paleo diets in mind, but its focus is on serving fresh, seasonal, high-quality foods that are mostly dairy-, gluten-, and sugar-free. And that means the bulk of its menu is pretty spot on for paleo fans. In the mood for a hearty meal? Try the Shred Breakfast — that’s sweet potato and harissa mash and greens served with a poached eggs or sesame seeds and a sprinkling of omega seeds. Looking for something sweet? Then be sure to order the totally grain-free almond and chestnut waffles. They’re topped with a coconut yoghurt and banana mash combo that’ll have you coming back to the Belgravia, Chelsea, Marylebone, or St John’s Wood branches for more.
This Kingston-based restaurant is all about serving real food that keeps the body in top condition. True to this, its menu features some pretty tasty, 100% paleo options. Stand-out dishes include the Seaweed Tagliatelle Provencale, 30 day Dry Aged Ribeye with greens & homemade sweet and spicy pickled cabbage, and Crispy Pan Fried Brill with mangetout, shrimp, and shiitake. Finish your meal with the paleo-approved Raspberry and Chocolate Cheesecake, and you’ll be glad you ventured that little bit out of the city for this treat.
As a Californian-inspired deli, it’ll come as little surprise that this Parsons Green spot has a menu which was carefully created with all styles of healthy eating in mind. If you’re paleo, you’ll need to give the sandwiches a miss, but their grain- and dairy-free breakfasts and fully-loaded salad options more than make up for this. The salad combos change daily, but watch out for the roasted cauliflower, artichoke, and onion seed option. Top it with the lemon and dill poached salmon — it’s absolute perfection!
If you’re thinking “Pod isn’t paleo”, you’re right… it’s not. But there’s one big reason this healthy fast food joint is on this list: all of their London locations (there are many) make THE best paleo-friendly eggs that you can pick up en route to work in the morning, no matter where you are in town. From the Chorizo Power Eggs (that’s eggs, chorizo, lots of chilli, and spicy seeds) to the Protein Feast Eggs (sausage, bacon, tomatoes, and eggs), it’s all a taste sensation. Just ask them to hold the toast and you’ve got a paleo-friendly breakfast to go.
If you’re looking for a show-stopping paleo treat for a group dinner or party, you have to check out Verawnika’s. It’s an online paleo bakery that delivers exclusively to London addresses, as well as a pick-up point in Aldgate… if you just can’t wait. It sells stunning family-sized cakes that are 100% raw and paleo, and with flavours ranging from classic chocolate fudge tart to chocolate blueberry and coconut, you’ll struggle to choose just one cake. Fitt Tip: try the mini chocolate ganache and beetroot cranberry slices if you’re looking for a nut-free paleo option.
As the paleo lifestyle is all about going back to basics, who better to deliver a paleo-friendly menu than rustic-styled restaurant Farmer J? Okay, so it’s pretty ironic that it’s found smack bang in the middle of the city, but it’s the food rather than the surroundings that screams countryside. Almost everything is freshly made on-site, its ingredients are all in season, and it’s all as natural as you can get. Yes, there are non-paleo dishes on the menu, but what’s great about Farmer J is that it serves its meals in ‘field trays’, with tasty proteins like tamari-roasted salmon fillet, grilled harissa chicken, or Dijon-marinated flank grilled steak taking centre stage, and grains and chunky seasoned veg added as side options.
If we’re talking farm-inspired paleo spots, Aussie-inspired Farm Girl in Chelsea, Notting Hill, and Soho is definitely worth a visit if you’re all about primal meals. The menu doesn’t always hit the mark for paleo diets, but when it nails it, it nails it. And Farm Girl knocks it out of the park with its breakfasts and flavour-packed side dishes. There’s no need to choose between poached, scrambled, or fried eggs at this spot — Farm Girl serves up all three together. If you’re longing to upload stunning paleo-friendly acai bowls on the ’gram but have no bowl skills, Farm Girl’s also got you covered there, too. Just don’t forget to snap your pic before you tuck in.
This chain of restaurants is focused on giving you a real Aussie eats experience while keeping your health in mind. The end result? It’s an accidental paleo dream. Whether you visit Timmy Green in Victoria, Darcie & May Green in Paddington, or any of the other seven sites across the capital, you can expect prime grass-fed meats, fresh seafood, and the famous Daisy Green bottomless Aussie brunch. It comes with bottomless prosecco, but we’ll leave you to decide if that’s technically paleo or not.
If you’ve been paying attention, you may have spotted Natural Kitchen sites popping up across London over the last year. Yes, the chain seems to be going from strength to strength, and that’s because they’ve nailed simple, healthy, and tasty food that works for all types of diets. Paleo fans probably have it best here—even though it’s not strictly a paleo spot—because whether you’re eating in the deli or the main restaurant, you can simply pair a protein with a couple of veg-based sides, and you’re all set.
**Updated by Lauretta Ihonor, October 2018
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