Kalifornia Kitchen – Vegan Utopia in London

Please note – update January 2020 – Sadly, this restaurant is now closed down

Turning right out of Goodge Street tube station in Londons West End, a short stroll along the road (avoiding the temptation of Oliver Bonas and all its interiors godliness that you have to pass by) you will see the hot pink facia of the Kalifornia Kitchen vegan utopia in London ahead of you. Bright blue coloured tables and chairs are set out the front, along with fluffy blankets over the chairs for cosiness if its a chilly day and you want to sit outside. From the front, the restaurant looks tiny, but don’t be fooled, it opens up stretching backwards, and over two floors. The interior is literally an interiors lover and Instagrammers dream, as well as the menu being a vegan dream……

Kalifornia Kitchen a vegan utopia in london
A vegans pink paradise

Despite being a vegetarian for over 30 years, and a vegan for 4 months, I have never been to a fully vegan restaurant! I have tried the vegan menu in places (my latest find, I wrote about in this post, Ethics and good Food at Las Iguanas) but a restaurant that only offered plant based food was new to me. I was so excited to experience it and we are very lucky in London that more and more are popping up. I had heard about Kalifornia Kitchen, and of course seen the instagram pics! Its beautiful inside.

kalifornia kitchen a vegan utopia
So pretty inside

Step inside Kalifornia Kitchen, the Vegan Utopia in London

As soon as you step inside Kalifornia Kitchen, you immediatley feel the fun, happy vibe of the restaurant, without a single item of tye dye in sight…( I know how you non vegans think…). Bench seats with palm print cushions, wall slogans, pink chairs and flower walls fill the area. Just gorgeous and Binny and I both agreed it just made you feel happy! Kalifornia Kitchen have a passion for serving healthy, delicious plant based food, using no harmful plastics or of course, animal products. They are talking my language.

Myself and the lovely Binny (who incidentally is non-vegan) from Binnys food and travel diaries, my lunch date for the day, were taken over to the pink spiral staircase that you climb to the second floor. There is a lot of pink, but its not tacky at all. It just feels fun! Plants and foliage line the walls that the staircase is on, making it feel like you are in a tropical oasis!

Kalifornia kitchen a vegan utopia in london

The second floor of the restaurant is bright, airy and spacious, with tables set with space around them. A huge plus for me as I hate to feel like I am sitting on top of other diners when I eat. You are given room here, so you feel like you can have a conversation without your dining neighbours being subjected to your random conversations….

Kalifornia Kitchan a vegan oasis in the heart of london
We loved the interior

The menu is amazing! I sat reading the menu, literally drooling over every item. You can see the full menu here if you would like to see what’s on offer. As well as all day brunch offerings such as pink croissants, mushrooms on sourdough or colourful chia pots, there is a large lunch and dinner menu. I really struggled to make up my mind, but opted for a Kalifornia Guac Burger with sweet potato fries, while Binny chose the Sri Lankan curry (which was my other choice I nearly went for)

kalifornia kitchen vegan utopia in london
kalifornia kitchen vegan utopia in london
Sri lankan Curry

The food was amazing. My burger was a tasty delight of non meat brand, Moving Mountains burger patty, generous layer of guacamole, crisp lettuce and tangy lemon mayonnaise. This was served with a mountain of delicious sweet potato fries, that were gorgeous. You could also choose paprika and thyme fries if you prefer. The Sri Lankan curry was mouthwateringly flavoursome. Chunky potato, cauliflower, courgette and pickled shallots were cooked in tasty curry sauce, and served with rice, pickled mustard seeds and lime coconut yoghurt. We of course felt we should make the most of the hospitality, and accompanied our meal with a chilled glass of prossecco. Its not all ginger shots and beet juice you know…..(although we did also have a signature Kalefornia fresh juice)….all in the name of that balanced diet you know…..ahem..

kalifornia kitchen a vegan utopia in london
We are all about that balanced diet…..

I will be honest and say that by this point, we were full. However………the temptation of the banana pancakes was to much for me, so I ordered them for desert. Three small buckwheat pancakes were served with warm caramelised banana, coconut yoghurt and peanut brittle on top. They were amazing and a perfect size for a desert. I couldn’t finish them all, but they were the perfect balance of sweet, with the tartness of the yoghurt balancing it out. We ordered coffee’s to round off our meal (which come served in cups and saucers I am obsessed with and hunted out as I need them in my life) and both agreed that we had found a vegan utopia, right here in the heart of London! If you to like the look of the cups and saucers, I found very similar which I have ordered right here.

kalifornia kitchen a vegan utopia london
I am obsessed with these cups!
kalifornia kitchen a vegan utopia in london
Buckwheat pancakes and perfect latte

I am so excited to have found this gorgeous place. In fact, my friend who is vegan, and I are heading back there in a couple of weeks. She has never been, she is in for a treat! Vegan and non-vegans alike should try Kalifornia Kitchen. It just has a fabulous vibe, great food and interior to die for!

What do you think? Appealing to you? Have you tried a fully vegan restaurant before? Do you think you would give it a go even if you don’t follow a vegan diet? I would love to know what you think. Let me know in the comments below.

In the interest of full disclosure, Binny was invited along to the restaurant to sample the menu, and invited me as her plus one. Although I was under no obligation at all to post or share my thoughts, I wanted to as I felt it was an amazing discovery. Thank you binny for the invite xx (post may also contain affiliate links).

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  1. April 14, 2019 / 12:09 pm

    This was such a fabulous way to celebrate it being Friday and loved the food and the company!! Been googling away on decor stuff lol xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 14, 2019 / 12:37 pm

      It really was Binny! A lovely afternoon. Im obsessed with the decor! I managed to find the cups, so may or may not have ordered a set……….. Thanks again for being the perfect lunch date xxx

  2. April 14, 2019 / 7:27 pm

    Oh my dear God this is perfect blogger spot. It is so fancy and chic, I’m so in love with decor and food looks amazing. Also, I have to say that your photos are amazing, you did an awesome job Kerry. Love this post. xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 14, 2019 / 8:17 pm

      It was a really beautiful place, and the food was amazing! Im actually going back with my friend in a couple of weeks. Yum. Thank you so much for your kind comment on the photos, I really wanted to do the interior justice, its gorgeous! Thank you xxxx

  3. April 15, 2019 / 9:09 pm

    I like the decor! Pink isn’t tacky at all, I think it’s fresh and cool.
    I’m what they call “flexitarian”, I’d like to be mostly vegatarian (vegan seems too difficult to me, to get enough protein and all amino acids, plus I love cheese) but I eat meat now and then, and I don’t mind it, only that I prefer eating vegetarian most of the time. It’s also that my husband loves meat (and makes fantastic barbecue food) so I mostly eat vegetarian or vegan when I’m alone.
    I’ve been put off from eating vegetarian when I eat out, because I’ve never found a decent restaurant. I’m against using odd stuff to replace meat, as if things you eat always have to look like meat! So many places seem to think they have to have burgers, sausages and whatever to replace meat. If I want to eat something that looks like meat, then I’ll eat meat!
    For vegetarian food I like just simple plant based stuff, and there’s so much fabulous food you can do with that! I’ve had some nice surprises here in Ireland actually. Years ago, I had lunch with a friend in Cork, in a vegan restaurant. I wasn’t so fascinated back then, but I went there again some week ago, and just WOW. They had some fantastic food there!! I will never eat anywhere else when I go to Cork! Also, I saw that one of the restaurants in Clonakilty has a new vegan lunch menu.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 16, 2019 / 9:05 am

      Im not usually into Pink interiors, but I agree with you on this one, its just fresh looking. I loved it. Im with you on the whole “making things look like meat”, I find it odd to. This burger did have a patty in it, but it was all about the guac. It was so delicious. I think many restaurants are upping their game now with vegan and vegetarian food. Years ago, as a vegetarian, the offerings were usually risotto or salad! So much more effort is put in now, and there are some fantastic vegan restaurants popping up all over the place. I feel its my duty to explore them all ……haha! I will admit, the one thing, and only thing I miss being vegan is cheese. I blooming loved cheese……! Thank you for popping across. If I manage to get to Ireland this year, or early next, I will be after the name of that Cork restaurant xxxx

  4. April 16, 2019 / 7:59 am

    I see you found the cups! They are beautiful. Loving Pink at the moment. The restaurant looks really lovely Kerry xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 16, 2019 / 9:06 am

      Yes! I have ordered a set, now keeping every thing crossed they dont turn up Barbie doll sized haha! Thank you, it was a great discovery and Im going back there in a couple of weeks. I cant wait!

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