Located in Covent Garden and identifiable by its iconic hanging sign, Food For Thought provides a daily-changing vegetarian menu that appeals to both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike…
Descend the stairs into the basement of Food For Thought and be prepared for queues and table-sharing; the restaurant is BYOB so don’t be afraid to bring a bottle or two of your favourite value wine. Whilst the cramped atmosphere and the prospect of eating beside a complete stranger might be criticized by the more upmarket eater; it is precisely this claustrophobic environment that makes Food For Thought so peculiarly likeable.
Although slightly outdated, the simplistic decor – white painted walls and basic wooden furniture –means that one’s full attention is devoted to the food: the menu changes daily and features soup, three hot dishes, salads, a quiche of the day and a range of breads and desserts.
… Food For Thought is vegetarian food done properly: the dishes are flavoursome, hearty and imaginative …
All the food served is vegetarian. This is not, however, the bland, mashed up pulp often associated with a meatless diet and described with phrases such as ‘tastes like ashes’ – my stir fried vegetables were fulfilling, tossed in tamari (a Japanese soy sauce) and wonderfully flavoured with ginger. Food For Thought is vegetarian food done properly: the dishes are flavoursome, hearty and imaginative. The result is that both carnivores and herbivores sit side by side, munching away on pasta salads, tofu curries and moussaka, happily co-existing.
Although the food here is no longer the bargain it once was, prices are extremely reasonable (£8.70 for a hot dish and salad/desert to eat-in) and money is saved on drinks –there is even free corkage. Recently, an increasing number of chain shops and restaurants have somewhat extinguished Covent Garden’s novelty feel, but Food For Thought remains fire-bright, an independent, glimmering gem.
Food For Thought
31 Neal Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9PR
Transport: Nearest tube is Covent Garden
Tel: 020 7836 0239 31
Monday – Saturday: 12:00 – 20:30
(last orders – 20:00)
Sunday: 12:00 – 17:30
(last orders – 17:00)