Super-healthy dining has taken London by storm, and now smart restaurants are joining in. Here's where to go to embrace the latest food trend in style
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If 2016 was the year when clean eating took over Instagram, 2017 is the year when it looks set to dominate our restaurant menus. London is both the physical and spiritual hub for this trend - which is all about enjoying food in its most natural state - with a bunch of recently-opened restaurants that make New Year promises just that bit easier to stick to. And you don't have to go far to find them.
Strawberries, pomegranate and chia seeds for breakfast at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
For those who like the sound of kick-starting the day with scrambled eggs cooked in coconut oil and sprinkled with bee pollen and goji berries, all you have to do is visit the restaurant at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London for breakfast, where you'll find a full range of raw and organic food in a wellness range created by nutritionist and in-house strength and conditioning coach Ruben Tabares. His menu also includes all manner of vitamin-packed smoothies.
The Detox Kitchen at Harvey Nichols
For speedier starts, or breakfast on the run, you could pick up a Jarr Kombucha just across the road from the hotel in Harvey Nichols. This tart-tasting, tea-based drink is known in Japan (where it originated in 414 AD) as the drink of immortality. It may be useful to note that London's famous department store is also home to a branch of The Detox Kitchen, the rapidly growing chain of sugar-free, healthy-food delis that will open branches across the city over the next few years.
Restaurant M's bento box
According to its own marketing, M is among the world's healthiest restaurants. Debatable though that may be, it's hard not to be impressed by its swathes of glass architecture and varied food offerings. A huge, smart and buzzing spot, the newest M (the other is in the City) is handily located for business lunches in Victoria but also gets going by night thanks to a clever combination of traditionally indulgent options (steaks and wine) and much lighter choices from its downstairs Raw area, including sashimi, gluten-free bento boxes - and plenty of kale.
Raw food from Nama
Also on the raw scene (food that hasn't been cooked above 42˚C) is Nama, an accomplished new spot in neighbourly Notting Hill. While the commitment to all things fresh and nutritious is commendable, and its menu covers an enticing array of dairy- and carb-free options, such as the popular cashew cheese cheesecake with rose petals, it's also refreshing to see a restaurant that lives up to its ideals: handmaking teabags and using eco-friendly cleaning products. Nama also offers a catering service, private hire, and runs courses to make it easy to recreate that deliciously healthy raw chocolate or cake at home.