EATS SHOOTS and leaves

The hottest new restau­rants in the UK are lit­eral hot­houses, with green­ery tak­ing over

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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).

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