For those into healthy, delicious and oh-so-instagrammable food, if you haven’t heard of the Good Life Eatery yet, it’s about time you had. Located on Sloane Avenue in West London and now on Belgravia’s lovely Motcomb Street – alongside Ottolenghi – the Good Life Eatery is one of London’s trendiest health-food cafés and the city’s first free-standing cold-pressed juice bar. Set up three years ago by childhood friends Yasmine Larizadeh and Shirin Khorous, their aim was to bring something new, fresh, and nutritious to London, frustrated by the lack of quick, healthy bites in the capital. In doing so, the pair took their cues from the trends of California and LA, where there’s a health food store on every corner.
And it’s not just popular with the young and healthy folk; the Motcomb Street branch also seems to be a favourite hangout of well-dressed and suited business workers.
Probably one of the most attractive health spots in the city, the eatery had long been on my “to-go-list”, especially since I’d enjoyed my first ever almond milk latte years ago at their Sloane Avenue emporium, made with the delicious Ecomilk. After glimpsing their colourful juices and nutritious salads on Instagram, I was tempted by the good-looking healthy bowls, whether in the form of avocado superfood salads or chia seed puddings.
As soon as you walk in, there’s a positive and friendly vibe which is well-suited to its moto of eating better, healthier and happier. This was especially conjured up by the 80s soundtrack playing in the background which even featured my personal favourite 80s song, the Pretty Woman theme tune. If you’re a fan of exposed brick then you’ll love the interior, and what’s more, the service is helpful and welcoming.
Upon arrival, I was immediately struck by the rainbow of juices on offer – bright drinks in clear bottles that would attract even the most juice phobic. Available in a number of flavours from Watermelon & Mint to Drink Your Salad, these cold-pressed juices are made on site using a hydraulic juicer, a specialist machine that locks in nutrients by not using heat-inducing spinning blades. There’s also a multitude of creamy protein shakes, along with excellent coffee, which can be made with Bonsoy (my favourite soya milk).
Yet this eatery is not just about juice. With the current chef originating from Nopi, it’s fair to say the menu offers a range of healthy delights. Although the food is very diet-centric – gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free – it’s by no means boring. They don’t tend to put anything on the menu that doesn’t taste and more importantly look brilliant.
I opted for the signature “Good Life” Salad, a combination of marinated kale, roasted sweet potato, tenderstem broccoli, lentils, walnuts, goji berries, nutritional yeast and an orange tahini vinaigrette. The salad was delicious, fresh and very filling. Each ingredient sang through: the marinated kale was probably the best I’ve tasted; the dressing has converted me to tahini; and the goji berries had a sharp but sweet flavour.
As I was so full, I skipped desert, but as someone with a sweet but healthy tooth, I’m definitely going to return for an afternoon treat. Most tempting for me are their Peanut Butter Cups. Made from organic peanut butter, spelt, cocao and non-hydrogenated sunflower spread, these are little healthy versions of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
Combining delicious flavours with healthy and ethically produced ingredients, The Good Life Eatery is changing London’s health food scene. The perfect place to go for a quick bite or a long catch up with friends, the restaurant’s carefully-designed menu offers something for everyone. After sampling their tasty cuisine, The Good Life Eatery have found a lifelong fan in me. And with plans to open further locations in Marylebone and Notting Hill, I’ll soon be able to get my fix across London. This eatery has the feel-good factor on every level, from its bouncy, enthusiastic staff to the nutrition-packed food menu.
Good Life Eatery, 20 Motcomb Street, London, SW1X 8LB