I have walked down Lexington Street, Soho, so many times on my way to and from work, and every time I note how many cute restaurants there are. Tiny in size but bursting with character, they all always looked so inviting and wholesome – so I was super excited to finally get to sample the delights of one of them: Mildreds, a vegetarian restaurant with a takeaway salad bar at lunch time.
Behind adorable powder blue frontage, the first thing you notice as you step inside is the towering self-service salad bar. Bowls are piled high with all manner of super-healthy vegetarian delights that had my mouth watering. A medium salad box is a very reasonable £5.25.
I visited with my friend Barbut, during a work lunch break, and we took up a table at the back of the restaurant, which was bright and airy, lit by a huge skylight and furnished with pot plants and mirrors.
Mildreds was established way back in 1988, and serves internationally-inspired vegetarian food which is made daily on the premises, using organic and seasonal ingredients at every opportunity. The restaurant is small, and the clientele was a real mix – professionals on lunch breaks alongside families with kids. Service was friendly and pretty quick.
We ordered salads (~£8 each) – an “organic energising detox salad”, and a selection from the aforementioned salad bar (a mixture featuring pasta, Caesar, rice, leaves, red and yellow cherry tomatoes, aubergine, tofu and more!), and both arrived within about 10 minutes, piled high in bowls. I was grateful that these were not ‘fashionable’, pathetic salads that would have had me hungry again within an hour – oh no, they were hearty and wholesome and deliciously healthy. In fact the salads were so filling that I couldn’t even consider pudding, though they look incredible! A good reason to go back again soon!
Lexington Street is a great street to know (Bao is another super popular eatery, a couple of doors down), particularly for those working in the area who want a healthy speedy lunch.
45 Lexington Street, Soho, W1F 9AN