Whether you’re a vegan, a fully fledged carnivore, an active promoter of veganism or someone who can’t stand the concept, there’s no denying that a plant-based way of eating is on the rise. Many people might just have jumped on the bandwagon, or might be doing it because they think it’s the latest trend but I don’t think it’s just a fad – I feel like there’s a genuine shift in societies’ way of thinking and eating.
One of the first places I visited in London, and despite being so late to blog about it (I went long before I discovered the world of blogging or Instagram!) – I’ve been recommending it for years!
Essence Cuisine is a plant-based restaurant originally founded in LA with Matthew Kenney, who is (apparently – I’m relatively clueless when it comes to this type of food!) known as the world’s leading plant-based chef being the brains behind the concept, which offers a menu free from meat, dairy, gluten and refined-sugar.
La Cocotte is a chicken rotisserie restaurant based in the beautiful area that is Notting Hill. With a focus around grilled chicken and sides, you’d be forgiven for expecting a bit of a glorified Nandos, but as soon as you step inside the restaurant you’ll forget that thought even crossed your mind – the focus on chicken is quite literally where the similarity ends. Good quality, warming comfort food, a beautiful interior and a bar serving up incredible cocktails – it couldn’t be further away from the global fast-food chain.
It’s not often that I blog about places in Yorkshire. I’m lucky enough to have eaten at more restaurants and pubs than I can begin to count, as Marcus’ parents don’t cook (besides pie and chips and the odd roast dinner!) so every time we go up North we’re guaranteed to be taken out for dinner, but generally we end up at local pubs which are lovely, but very few stand out enough for me to feel it warrants a post.
.. and let’s be honest, the only way I’m ever going to be “watching what I eat”!
(Can we take a minute to appreciate how great that tag line is!?)