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A new take­away ser­vice in Lon­don is perk­ing up plant-based lunch op­tions

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From chic Chelsea eaterie Wulf & Lamb and Mar­cus Ware­ing’s Planted tast­ing menu at Tred­wells to the im­mi­nent ar­rival in Covent Gar­den of hip US ve­gan fast food restau­rant By Chloe, plant-based cui­sine is boom­ing in Lon­don. Now a new ve­gan take­away ser­vice is of­fer­ing cre­ative, su­per-healthy cui­sine on the go. Essence Ex­press launched last month at the Blok gyms in Lon­don’s Shored­itch and Clap­ton, and the con­cept should soon be rolled out at other gyms, ho­tels and train sta­tions. The new ven­ture has been launched on the back of the suc­cess of the Essence Cui­sine restau­rant, which en­tre­pre­neur Bart Ro­man orig­i­nally cre­ated in 2014 as a pop-up in Bel­gium be­fore open­ing per­ma­nently in Shored­itch last year. ‘Like many, I’m busy, and I was look­ing for healthy, en­er­gis­ing food that I can just grab and go. A reg­u­lar wrap con­tains so much gluten and carbs, whereas Essence’s food is free from gluten, dairy and re­fined sugar.’ The Essence menu was cre­ated by US celebrity chef Matthew Ken­ney, who opened his first ve­gan restau­rant in New York way back in 2004. Dishes avail­able from Essence Ex­press in­clude a Caesar salad made with sun­flower parme­san and shi­itake an­chovies, and a raw pad Thai made with kelp noo­dles and ta­mari al­monds. The dishes are sur­pris­ingly de­li­cious and redo­lent of the orig­i­nal classics. Also on the menu are starch bowls packed with healthy grains, in­no­va­tive healthy snacks, a se­lec­tion of cold-pressed juices and nut milks, and break­fast op­tions such as co­conut par­fait with grawnola and raw co­conut banana pan­cakes.

‘full’ bowl, £285, by se­bas­tian bergne. ‘goa’ chop­sticks, £18 for set, by cu­tipol, from amara. ‘broad­way white’ dessert plate, €23, by Vista ale­gre. ‘fi­nesse’ glass, £20 for four, by nude sea­weed salad, £6; spicy car­rot sushi rolls, £6; ‘in­tense ca­cao’ drink, £5.50; ‘in­tense green’ drink, £6; falafel, beet­root and tahini wrap, £4.50; ‘in­tense roots’ drink, £6, all from essence ex­press

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