If you like the sound of healthy, homemade Middle-Eastern inspired breakfasts, salads and wraps, as well as freshly-baked authentic sweet treats, then Plenty Café is the place for you.
Located in the heart of Fitzrovia, with the friendliest, most passionate owners personally dishing up their handmade, colourful, healthy foods, Plenty provides the same fare as the likes of Ottolenghi, The Mae Deli and Good Life Eatery, but with the personal touch and half the price tag.
You can pick n’ mix anything you fancy from the freshly-prepared, vibrant salads, wraps and dips.
Or go for a pre-built salad option.
Naturally, Alice & I decided to try the lot.
Starting with a mezze platter containing a bit of everything (£8.50).
I don’t know about you, but seeing & eating the rainbow instantly makes me happy.
So visually appealing, healthy, and utterly delicious.
The broccoli salad was my personal favourite, with the warm citrus flavour at the fore.
Although each of the sweet potato and beetroot combos were right behind.
I could go on like this but, instead, let’s just leave it at everything was delicious.
Served with sides (£3.50 each) of homemade falafels, hummus and spicy baba ganoush, we had a true feast on our hands.
The hummus was creamy and smooth, and the falafels both crunchy and moist.
Though I would give the baba ganoush a miss, which I found a little bland.
Generous, thick-cut hunks of halloumi (£3.50) sat atop yet MORE delectable roasted veg, was our next order of the day.
I don’t even like cheese (bar ‘tasteless’ mozzarella & burrata) but this went down a treat. Much gooier (and dare I say) gentler in flavour than any halloumi I’ve tried before, it was all too yummy and moreish for anyone’s good. To me it was like hot, salted pizza cheese… so epic.
Despite having consumed a very generous-sized lunch, there’s something about colourful, healthy food that makes you (potentially just me…) feel bottomless, and consciously OK with that.
Hence Alice & I ploughed on without a moment’s hesitation when each of our chicken and halloumi wraps (£5.50 each) arrived, alongside a huge bowl of crunchy, fresh salad.
Ok, so the wraps themselves were immense.
Clearly homemade with softer, doughier parts and thinner, crisper parts; we couldn’t help ourselves from constantly nibbling away.
My chicken was tender and moist, and Alice’s halloumi of the usual, thinner, more burnt variety, which she really enjoyed.
My only ‘constructive criticism’ would be that they could have been more heavy-handed with the filling, as had I only ordered the wrap, I would have been a little disappointed. Plus, it was out of keeping with the generosity of their other servings.
Last lettuce leaf crunched, we were both ready to pop the top button and see in the afternoon with a long nap.
But then Fadi presented us with fresh mint tea and homemade baklava.
The baklava was expertly made, with no traces of grease and the thin layers of filo pastry flaking away to reveal its sweet, crunchy, pistachio centre.
In my opinion, there is no better end to a good meal than fresh mint tea, and Plenty certainly delivered us a good brew.
It’s safe to say that Alice & I really enjoyed eating the rainbow in the warm welcome of Fadi and his wife’s café, and strode out to face London’s pouring grey sky in far better moods than when we arrived.
It was the perfect, cosy lunchtime escape.
Too full to contemplate, but tempting enough to remember, I will be returning imminently to test drive the spread of sweet treats dangerously displayed in the window.
^ I think one of those babies has my name on it!
You can also stock up on local Middle-Eastern brands of coffee, olive oils, chutneys and other deli items, so you can re-create a little bit of Plenty in your own home.
Big thanks to Lioneye Media for introducing me to Plenty Café, and Fadi & his wife for feeding stuffing us!
I dined as a guest of Plenty Café, but all opinions are my own.