When the Thelma, my personal trainer said she’d take us to a yummy healthy cafe called Happy Kitchen across from London Fields I was more than a little bit skeptical. She spoke of the food as being gluten, refined sugar free and I instantly thought that the menu had to consist of carrots, your choice being whether to have them boiled, steamed or raw. How wrong was I.
The canteen (I checked their website, they do not refer to themselves as a cafe) offered a variety of different breakfast and lunch items all of which sounded delicious. What caught my eye though was the vast array of baked goods (Happy Kitchen is also a bakery and pantry) on display at the counter. I was with the personal trainer so I controlled the urge to ‘test out’ a few different pastries and settled on one bakewell tart and a banana and peanut butter smoothie. Both were divine and it was hard to believe that they were good for you.
The staff in the Happy Kitchen obviously love what they do. They were friendly but not in that fake way you find in some large chains where the staff are always on edge about being ‘mystery shopped’. We found a quiet corner to have a chat about nutrition and our orders were all brought to us at a casual pace. It was a perfect experience and one that I am sure to repeat.
The Happy Kitchen is very child friendly and even have child booster seats available. Knowing that there are no additives or preservatives in the food (everything is organic) means you wont have to worry about sugar highs or food intolerances. It would also be a lovely place to go with friends or family before heading off down the road to Broadway Market or like me, after working out in London Fields.
I mentioned a pantry feature to the Kitchen earlier on. The ingredients that go into the food and pastries are also available to buy either pre packaged or loose. You even have the option of bringing in your own containers and refilling them which is a great way of doing your little bit to be green. There was a vast variety of organic pantry items to buy including quinoa, granola and oats.