EATS SHOOTS and leaves
The hottest new restaurants in the UK are literal hothouses, with greenery taking over
WILD FOOD CAFÉ
A pioneer of vegan and raw cuisine, the Wild Food Café in Covent Garden is an institution. Now, its plant-based menu has taken root on Islington’s Upper Street, with a new, much larger restaurant. Try the Wild Green Burger – made with a raw pink olive and shiitake mushroom pattie, aubergine yogurt and avocado cream, it’s a delicious meat-free treat. Plants don’t just feature in the cooking, though. The café’s chic interiors feature lots of the green stuff, with a luscious floor-to-ceiling living wall. Glossy green metro tiles, blossom-hued upholstery and touches of green marble complete the look (wildfoodcafe.com).
SUSHISAMBA COVENT GARDEN
The second London outpost of the Japanese-peruvian-brazilian fusion restaurant, the first famously being on the 38th floor of The City’s Heron Tower, this new branch of Sushisamba occupies the Opera Terrace of Covent Garden’s market buildings. Home to the glasshouses from which exotic plants were sold when the square was a flower market, the venue is now crowned by a living ceiling of Japanese and South American plants, which trail down from above as you graze on exotic small dishes, such as yuca, sesame and sweet potato with a smoke emulsion (sushisamba.com).
LOST & FOUND
Tuck into a bottomless brunch with bubbles under a jungle-like canopy of vegetation at this Sheffield-based establishment, which sprung up at the end of last year. The interiors playfully mix Victorian and contemporary styles, a welcoming setting for aroundthe-clock wining and dining. Its afternoon tea features confections such as popcorn tiffin and Earl Grey panna cotta, and don’t miss out on the mixology – the ‘Fruits & Flora’ cocktail, a concoction of vodka, black cherry jam, cherry and elderflower liqueurs and tonic, is a fitting tribute to the botanical surroundings (the-lostandfound.co.uk).