As a continuation of our vegan gastronomy in The Big Smoke, I’d like to end this week by highlighting on two places worth mentioning: Mae Deli and Hummus Bros.
Mae Deli is a cute little cafe on Seymour Place in Marble Arch. I first learned about the place through Deliciously Ella Energy Balls. The Cashew and Ginger ones are my favorite and after trying the wholesome balls I learned about the beautiful Ella, her story and of her cafe, which was opened by her and her husband. Ella is another person who has switched to plant-based after having so many health issues: autonomic nervous system, stomach problems, chronic fatigue, allergies, constant headaches. After taking control of her own health, she has made a full recovery from her illnesses and has stopped taking all medications. She opened up Mae Deli in 2015 to raise health awareness, only providing foods that are natural and whole, unprocessed and with minimal ingredients. And her deli is doing quite well, with a second location which has newly opened on Weighhouse Street.
Although Mae Deli is plant-based, there are very little vegetarian and omnivore options as well. The food is counter service and you can choose up to 4 options of hot or cold salad or entrees for your plate. Nick and I pretty much had the same thing, and our experience was pretty good. The food is really tasty and wholesome. The quality of the food is great, and you can tell it’s health-focused: whole-food, unprocessed, minimal ingredients. The only thing we can fault the food for was that it had too much oil for us, but for most people this isn’t an issue.
We also had the chance to try some of the desserts. Nick had an Apple and Raspberry Slice. I had the Mae Cake, which is strawberries and cream cake. And lastly, we shared the Carrot Cake. We each liked our own dessert better, with the Carrot Cake being our least favorite. The desserts are healthier tasting, made with whole flour and not that sweet, which was great for us.
The cafe itself is a cute space, simply decorated in that Deliciously Ella way. It makes for a great stop when you want something quick and healthy, with a cozy atmosphere to hang out with your company.
Hummus Bros has several locations in London. It was founded by two college friends with a love for hummus. We, too, have a love for hummus and make it as a meal for dinner at home at times. But when we’re out and about and want some hummus, Hummus Bros takes care of our craving for us. The place is not a vegan place, but they have vegan options. For us, we just order plain hummus with pita. The hummus at Hummus Bros is really tasty, but it is rich and heavy than how we’d like. Regardless, it does the job when we want hummus while out.