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How to Eat Out on Different Diets

By Malika Dalamal
January 22, 2014

What do you order when you are staying away from sugar, avoiding animal fat, giving up gluten or can't eat carbs? It's not easy to eat out with difficult dietary requirements, but we've managed to find a way. From Atkins to a raw or alkaline-only, here are eight ways to dine out on a diet.

  • ALKALINE DIET

    Nopi
    Reducing acidity in your body by eating alkaline foods is said to have many health benefits including improved digestion and skin tone. Yotam Ottolenghi's Mediterranean restaurant in Soho offers a roasted sweet potato dish served with burnt aubergine yoghurt, basil and maple-roasted seeds that will fill you up without throwing your pH levels off balance.

    21-22 Warwick St., W1B 5NE; 020 7494 9584

  • ALKALINE DIET

    Bumpkin
    The new 'Super Healthy Options' menu at this country-style chainlet has been created by yoga teacher and wellness guru Julie Montagu. As well as hydraulic cold-press juices, the menu of salads - including the alkalizing braised celery, green lentil, wild mushroom and chestnuts - are all made using seasonal ingredients from British fields and allotments.

    Various locations

  • ATKINS DIET

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    A high-protein, low-carb diet means you can eat as much steak as you like without feeling guilty. Go crazy at Richard Caring's Mayfair steakhouse where you'll find the finest cuts of Scottish, Australian, U.S and Argentine beef - all sizzled to perfection on a traditional Argentine parrilla grill in the open-plan kitchen.

    34 Grosvenor Sq., W1K 2HD; 020 3350 3434

  • ATKINS DIET

    Yashin Sushi
    For a lighter alternative to meat, head to this tiny Japanese in Kensington where the authentic dishes are so tasty there is really no need to add soya sauce - which is lucky as they have a no-soya-sauce policy. Stay away from rice and opt for thinly sliced sashimi - yellow tail, Scottish salmon or tuna - on the carpaccio menu.

    1A Argyll Rd., W8 7DB; 020 7938 1536

  • RAW-FOOD DIET

    Inspiral Cafe
    Those who believe that cooking food lowers its nutritional value don't have to miss out their favourite foods. Camden's coolest eco-cafe (it turns into a music venue at night) offers numerous raw and organic options including the gourmet pizza with cashew cheese and tomato topping, olives and salad served on a dehydrated pizza base.

    250 Camden High St., NW1 8QS; 020 3370 3797

  • RAW-FOOD DIET

    Saf
    The vegan mini-chain offers a raw pad Thai with all the exotic flavours of Thailand and all the nutritional value of uncooked organic food. Noodles made from courgettes, snow peas and carrot are topped with mushrooms and mung-bean sprouts with a squeeze of lime and dash of chile, and chipotle almond sauce for an extra kick.

    63-97 Kensington High St., W8 5SE; 020 7368 4555

  • GLUTEN-FREE

    Honest Burgers
    Let's face it, a burger isn't really a burger without the bun, so those with an intolerance to gluten will be happy to hear that the Honest Burgers chain now offers gluten-free buns to go with their free-range chicken and Ginger Pig dry-aged beef burgers. 

    Various locations

  • GLUTEN-FREE

    Fortnum & Mason's
    When it comes to afternoon tea, no one should miss out. The Diamond Jubilee Tea Room at Fortnum & Mason’s offers a gluten-free version of their quintessential afternoon tea menu with enough scones and cakes to satisfy even the sweetest tooth.

    181 Piccadilly; W1A 1ER; 0845 602 5694

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Places Mentioned

Bumpkin

British • Stratford

Food19 Decor19 Service18 Cost£38
 
 
 
Bumpkin South Kensington

British • South Kensington

Food19 Decor19 Service18 Cost£38
 
 
 
Yashin Sushi

Sushi • Kensington

Food28 Decor21 Service23 Cost£63
 
 
 
Bumpkin Notting Hill

British • Notting Hill

Food19 Decor19 Service18 Cost£38
 
 
 
NOPI

Soho

Food25 Decor23 Service22 Cost£53
 
 
 
34

Steakhouse • Mayfair

Food23 Decor24 Service23 Cost£61
 
 
 
Honest Burgers

American • Brixton

Food27 Decor20 Service23 Cost£15
 
 
 
Honest Burgers

Burger • Soho

Food27 Decor20 Service23 Cost£15
 
 
 
Bumpkin Chelsea

British • Chelsea

Food19 Decor19 Service18 Cost£38
 
 
 
 
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