The Avocado factory, Canggu

The Avocado Factory is famous Bali-wide for its innovative avocado-inspired menu: the 21st century’s trendiest way to get your 5-a-day.

This top vegan friendly café  offers some revolutionary dishes from green matcha pancakes to decadent chocolate-avo mousse. All made from fresh locally sourced produce.

Created by the distinguished international chef Emilio Bean, this unique café concept is the first of its kind in Asia.

The setting

The Avocado Factory is in the heart of Bali’s hip beach town Canggu, which has a relaxed Australian surfer vibe. The district brims with swimwear and surfboard stores as well as vegan cafés and smoothie bars.

The space

The outside is clad in foliage with the signature avocado-shaped sign. There are several tables to choose from. It offers fast and friendly service as well as a good WiFi connection. Grab a seat on the bar directly overlooking the rice paddies, or sit outside and soak up the Indonesian sunshine. Decor-wise, there are crates of pineapples and other tropical fruit on display and an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs create and decorate each tantalising dish.
The crowd has a distinctly young demographic, which enhances the laid back ambiance, with many tourists from Australia, America and the UK.

The fresh juice test

To drink, we got the green juice – a refreshing blend of apple, kale, celery, cucumber, lemon and ginger.

Next, we had to review the thick chocolate smoothie made from cacao, banana, chia seeds, vegan protein, coconut water and, you guessed it, avocado!

They also offer health shots made from ingredients such as apple cider vinegar, turmeric and spirulina.

What we ate

The Avocado Factory serves meat and fish, but also caters for vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free diets.

We chose the avocado-hummus open sandwich, which included crunchy roasted chickpeas, green peas, radish and a beautifully crafted avocado rose, served on seeded sourdough toast.

We also ordered the spicy smashed avocado with chilli, grilled mushrooms and a runny poached egg on black rye sourdough.

What we’d go back for…

The restaurant is 98% plastic free and uses straws made out of cassava. Plus, all the food and drink packaging is eco-friendly.

The bill

Avo hummus  64,000 IDR
Spicy mash with egg 58,000 IDR
Soy capuccino  45,000 IDR
Detox juice 35,000 IDR
Cacao elixir  49,000 IDR
Still water 25,00 IDR

 

Organic Market, Marbella

Organic Market is Marbella’s top destination for a plant-powered brunch. They promote plant-based, organic eating and a chemical free approach to food. You can pick from their colourful superfood smoothies, or pile your plate high with nutritious veg from the salad bar, or simply pop in for a vegan cacao brownie and a quinoa croissant.

 

The setting

Located off the main road in the heart of Marbella, Organic Market is near the hip Marbella Club Hotel. You will find stylish hotels and cafés. The area is fairly quiet for most of the year but turns into a buzzing hotspot for tourists during summer.

The space

At Organic Market we loved the interior.

Matching green plants are printed on the wallpaper, sofas and cushions. There are mirrors, fresh greenery and wooden tables everywhere.

We sat outside on the bamboo-style wicker chairs to make the most of the Spanish sunshine. There are shady umbrellas and plenty of indoor seating too. The table service is fast and friendly and the WiFi connection allows you to get your laptop out and tap away while sipping on a matcha latte and soaking up the tranquil atmosphere.

What else?

Loved by tourists, you’ll overhear at least a few different languages being spoken at Organic Market – lots of English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. In peak Summer season, it gets very busy, so you should make a reservation to be on the safe side. Although, the sizeable amount of seating means you’ll probably manage to get a table.

The fresh juice test

We decided to review also their signature green juice- the Victoria’s Secret. It  was made on-site from a refreshing blend of courgette, cucumber, apple, spinach, kale and lemon. You will love it!

What we ate

Organic Market has a range of organic plant-based, meaty, gluten-free and dairy-free options, catering for anyone and everyone.

We ordered the smashed avocado with edamame beans on seeded protein bread, as well as the Eggs Florentine – onions, potatoes and poached eggs served on a bed of spinach pancakes. Both dishes were delicious and beautifully presented on wooden boards. The Choco-nuts brownie was crammed with pecans and pistachios and was equally yummy.

The little things that make the difference

You can enjoy browsing the BioShop inside.You will find health food products from a variety of established and emerging brands.

Stock up on delicious raw chocolate, gluten-free cereals, olive oils, energy bars, kale chips, seeded crackers and so much more.

Plus, there’s a choice of healthy snacks such as raw chocolate, nut butters and gluten-free granola.

The bill

Victoria’s Secret  €8
Cappuccino  €3.50
Choco-nuts brownie  €6
Eggs florentine  €11
Avocado toast  €7

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Feya, Marylebone

Feya is famous for its pastel décor, butterflies, white blossoms and glistening fairy lights. It’s such a must-visit for locals, bloggers and tourists alike that Amy and I decided to visit and do Glowcation’s first joint review.

It’s run by Zahra Khan, a chef and graduate of Gordon Ramsay’s Tante Marie Culinary Academy. The impressive brunch menu was designed by Virpi Mikkonen, a Finnish author and the blogger behind Vanelja.

The setting

Feya is on St. James Street in Marylebone, just a stone’s throw from St Christopher’s Place and Selfridges. It’s a peaceful escape from the busy crowds of Oxford Street.

The space

From the outside, you can’t miss the iconic cherry blossom trees and glass cake stands in the window.

The floral theme continues inside, with golden butterflies on the pastel pink walls.

Dusky pink chairs and velvet couches add to the elegant atmosphere. There are small marble-top tables and golden cutlery. The quick turnaround of tables means you’re likely to get a seat. But don’t expect to get your laptop out and spend the day there. In particularly busy times, you can choose grab and go. We love the aqua algae or emerald matcha with your choice of dairy or plant-based milk.

 

The fresh juice test

Feya has a selection of cold-pressed juices and smoothies. With so many options to choose from, we eventually decided to review the the layered Mermaid Smoothie. It features dragon fruit, zucchini and blue spirulina and it was delicious. We also had to try one of their six speciality lattes – the pretty Pearl Rose latte with oat milk.

What we ate

The brunch menu has the most choice.

We ordered the Be Gentle – pink oats, caramel chia pudding, mashed rose raspberries, banana flowers and rose petals.

In addition, we tried the Pastel Rainbow Smoothie – a two-tone smoothie bowl with pineapple, banana, spirulina, pitaya and coconut milk, topped with crunchy granola, edible flowers and fresh fruit.

 

While there are several vegan and gluten-free options to choose from, the menu also caters to non-vegans, with dishes such as chicken cobb salad, pesto pasta and a goat’s cheese quiche. The signature dish is avocado toast where the avocado is carved into roses on a bed of hot pink hummus dyed with beetroot. However, the bread which it comes on does contain dairy. The food at Feya is relatively pricey, but is very good quality and stunningly presented.

The little things that make the difference

The decoration is undoubtedly the most outstanding factor of Feya and is what draws people in from near and far.

The bill

Be Gentle  £8.50
Pastel Rainbow Smoothie  £10.70
Mermaid Smoothie  £8.50
Pearl Rose Latte  £5.50

Les Filles, Bayswater

Les Filles is the third restaurant in the LLS chain created by the inspirational plant-based restauranteurs, sisters Sonia and Hayet Zaame. Their other branches include LLS Hampstead and LLS Waterloo. Les Filles is an Australian inspired café and turns fresh, healthy ingredients into beautifully presented sumptuous dishes avoiding chemicals. The menu focuses on vegan-friendly food, but offers something for everyone, whether or not you’re vegetarian.

The setting

Les Filles is a short walk from Lancaster Gate station, between Bayswater and Paddington. It’s close to Hyde Park for an after walk latte.

The space

The street is quiet and the ambience is relaxing inside. Pick a wooden table with blue velvet stools to perch on, or curl up in the cosy cushioned spot by the window.

The wallpaper showcases artwork and quotes, reflecting the restaurant’s mission which is “everyone leaves feeling that little bit better”.

There’s an impressive selection of vegan and gluten-free desserts, such as carrot cake and banana bread on display. The table service was excellent too- fast, friendly and incredibly helpful when it came to allergies!

The crowd

The café is popular among customers of all ages and attracts many vegans for a vast selection of plant-based food, although it does also cater for meat-eaters too. When I visited for my review, it wasn’t too busy which made it easy to get a table. Dogs are also welcome!

The fresh juice test

We chose a freshly made Mean Green Juice – a nutrient-dense concoction of apple, cucumber, celery, kale and ginger.

In addition, we ordered a matcha latte with almond mylk and a beetroot latte with oat mylk, which came with a gorgeous sprinkle of dried rose petals.

What we ate

The menu places an emphasis on vegan and vegetarian food, yet they offer everything from poached eggs to chicken sandwiches. We shared two breakfasts. The porridge infused with earl grey tea was cooked in coconut mylk to creamy perfection and decorated with a variety of fresh fruit and an edible flower adding an elegant touch. We also had the stack of buckwheat pancakes served with mixed berries, sliced banana, a dollop of coconut cream and lashings of sweet date syrup.

The pancakes were flawlessly fluffy and the earl grey porridge had a truly unique flavour.

What we’d go back for…

The buckwheat pancakes and the colourful lattes plus the wonderful service!

The bill

Buckwheat pancakes  £8.95
Porridge  £6.50
Mean Green Juice  £4.50
Matcha latte  £4.00
Beetroot latte  £3.40

 

Kalifornia Kitchen, London

‘Healthy is Sexy’ according to Kalifornia Kitchen. It’s the latest addition to London’s thriving plant-based café scene and one I couldn’t wait to review. It’s the perfect place to pick up a West Coast fix – from the hot pink colour scheme to the CBD lattes. You could easily be in Hollywood.

Kalifornia Kitchen was founded by vegan entrepreneur Loui Blake. It follows the success of his first restaurant, Erpingham House, in Norwich which is the UK’s largest plant-based eatery.

Not only is the entire menu vegan, the eatery is also free from single use plastic and places an emphasis on environmental sustainability.

The setting

Located on Percy Street in Fitzrovia, Kalifornia Kitchen is just a couple of minutes walk from the bustling Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus. You can’t miss the shocking pink awning especially on a grey London day. While there is a huge variety of international cuisine on the same street, such as Hawaiian poke, vegetarian Indian and modern Vietnamese restaurants, Kalifornia Kitchen stands out.  

The space

The pink colour scheme continues inside with a fuchsia spiral staircase and pastel pink chairs.

Inside a Neon sign reads “Healthy is sexy’ and  “Don’t kale my vibe’ is painted on the wall.

Green foliage lines the walls, and our window table allowed us to look out  and people watch. Alternatively, you can grab a table for one and order a matcha latte, get your laptop out and take advantage of the relaxed working vibe. The table service is quick and friendly. Food is also available as takeaway. 

The crowd

The crowd is generally young and includes vegans, those seeking a more plant-based diet and those who are simply after a delicious and nourishing meal. I spied plenty of bloggers with their cameras at the ready snapping away at the beautiful interior details and the stunningly presented dishes. As it’s in such a busy area, the restaurant can get very full at lunchtime, but don’t worry as the large number of tables means you can still normally find a seat.

The fresh juice test

To drink, Kalifornia Kitchen serves CBD lattes (infused with Cannabidiol) alongside turmeric and matcha lattes. They also have immune-boosting shots, superfood smoothies and freshly squeezed juices.

We went for the green juice. It was made from kale, apple, celery, cucumber and lime. It was delicious with a slight sweetness thanks to the apple. 

What we ate

The menu is made up of healthy breakfasts, such as buckwheat banana pancakes and lunch options like beetroot falafel wrap with kombucha slaw served with kale chips. There are also heartier dinner dishes such as aubergine katsu curry.

We went for the scrambled turmeric tofu on sourdough. And the pulled jackfruit and guac tacos with pickled red cabbage plus the Rainbow bowl.

The Rainbow bowl was a mix of kale, tomatoes, cauliflower couscous, butternut squash, pomegranate, pumpkin seeds, lime coconut yoghurt and avocado.

The little things that make the difference

Kalifornia Kitchen encourages its guests to donate an optional 99p with each bill.  This is used to plant hundreds of trees each month in order to offset their carbon footprint.

The bill

Jackfruit guac taco  £12.00
Rainbow bowl  £10.50
Scrambled tofu on sourdough £8.50
“Kalefornia” green juice  £4.00
Oolong tea £3.50
Oat Cappuccino  £3.25