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……
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.
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!
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….
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)
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..
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.
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).