So pleased to be bringing you the first food & restaurant review on hellohenrietta.com and so proud that it’s featured on a health-conscious vegetarian restaurant that has been serving up the most delicious, colourful and internationally diverse food since 1988; Mildreds.
Being a London based blogger I’m lucky enough to have some of the most highly rated restaurants and hidden gems on my doorstep. I’m most excited to bring you my personal favourites from the city as I personally love reading reviews and recommendations by everyday people. It’s my go-to form of research when trying to discover new eats in a new city. So whether you’re a local or simply visiting the city I’m hoping you’ll discover something new.
Vegetarianism is very dear to my heart and here’s a condensed version of why.
I became a vegetarian when I was 10 years old and it quickly became a way of life for me because, for the most part, I knew nothing else. As a young vegetarian, I quickly learned about nutrition, how to appreciate food from all over the world and dabble in different cuisines in the kitchen. I even recall at 13 yrs old researching, writing and giving a presentation on Vegetarianism and Linda McCartney’s work. Icon!
6+ years later whilst at University, I eventually became more flexible with my diet and started eating a pescatarian diet. Fast forward another 8 years to the present and there are new names for everything and a million diets/lifestyles under the sun! These days I would say that I prefer to stay away from labels, but if we’re being really fancy here then I would say that I’m a flexitarian that prefers to stick to a more plant-based diet with the occasional exception.
Honestly, I eat for health and the cultural enjoyment. That being said when eating out I occasionally chose to go “outside the box” from my usual diet. That may be seafood one time or on pretty non-existent and very rarer occasion I’ll have a little meat ~ no judgment, please. Those occasions are so rare but it’s worth mentioning for a clearer picture.
Mildreds has long been on my list of places to visit in London so you can imagine my excitement when I discovered they had opened up a branch in East London a.k.a my favourite part of London. On the Menu, you’ll find food inspiration pulled from all over the globe, from Japanese Katsu to Sri Lankan Curry they have it all. They serve Vegan, Gluten-free & dairy-free options too. It’s all authentic cooking and the standards are high.
The first time I decided to pop into Mildreds it was to grab a post-workout green juice. I took one step inside and I instantly fell in love with the Art Deco layout, settings and ambiance. I ordered a juice to go but couldn’t resist taking a seat and browsing the menu. My pit stop quickly turned into brunch for two and I was back the next day. The staff at Mildreds gave the warmest welcome and I have to say they were the most attentive and genuinely nice people I’ve ever come across in a restaurant setting. It’s a real unit and it shows. And that my friends is how my love affair with Mildreds began!
Let’s start with the juice! At Mildreds the organic juices are made freshly on the spot from the best ingredients. The ginger, turmeric, carrot and orange juice (not pictured) is a winner for me but if you’re new to juices then I recommend starting with the Apple, Carrot, Beetroot and Ginger Juice. I typically tend to go for what I feel I need that day i.e glowy skin, purifying, cleansing, anti-inflammatory benefits etc.
The Sweet Pots as I like to call them are perfect. Why? Because they are REAL sweet potato fries, like the kind I make at home but better. As I already mentioned I like whole foods. No fluff, no excess oil, or overpowering spices just simple whole foods. I love that the sweet potato fries are simply garnished with spring onions, sprinkled with quality sea salt
(could have been Himalayan) and served with a side of special Basil Mayo or Chipotle Ketchup. I, unfortunately, wasn’t given the option and was served the mayo but I guess that gives me another reason to go back!ha!
The Polish Burger: I’ve never had a burger quite like this before and I’ve had my fair share ~ trust me. Often when I think of a veggie burger I think of Spicy Bean Burgers, Meat-free burgers, Falafel or Black Bean Pattie burgers, or the OG mother of all veggie burgers; the veggie & potato pattie, lettuce mayo & seeded bun kind. This burger was a perfect balance of what you might expect from a regular burger and a veggie burger. I liked that the Gherkin gave it a classic burger taste and the soft golden brioche bun complemented the savoury and slightly salty elements. This definitely makes it into my top 5 veggie burgers of all time.
Sweet Tooth: I grew up eating Baklava and I never thought it could be innovated. I watched an episode of The Great British Bakeoff once and they were assigned the task of putting a spin on this classic middle eastern treat! The contestants got creative but in the end and for the most part it proved to be an impossible task for many. At Mildreds they have managed to nail it ~ Heavenly. As a writer, it sounds silly to say that this dessert left me speechless but it did
(speechless and wanting more!) It was the perfect way to end the meal. Must try for sure!
I highly recommend checking out Mildreds if you’re in London as they have different locations and there’s something for everyone. The Menu has a lot to offer so I’m sure you’ll find something that tickles your fancy. As a collective, the staff are attentive and I could tell that they all loved working there. The overall vibe of the place was lovely and it really did add to the dining experience.
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