How to navigate the tricky waters of eating out, with eating well?

When it comes to deciding what to eat in our capital’s wonderful restaurants, it’s hard to choose!  But to maximise both nutrition and health without stinting on luxury and taste, these have to be in our top 5:

Roka: Robata grilled scallops

Scallops are high in protein, low in calories, and a good source of vitamin B12, as well as magnesium and other minerals.  Roka’s offering of two inch thick pieces, brushed with soy and garnished with zingy wasabi cream will have you savouring every bite.  Truly delicious.

Bocca di Lupo:  Radish, celeriac, pomegranate and pecorino salad, with truffle dressing

Soho’s favourite Italian restaurant hits all the right notes with this raw dish.  As well as giving fabulous crunch and flavour, the radish and celeriac  are great sources of fibre, and high in Vitamins C , K and B6, as well as potassium and magnesium.  The cheese, just the right amount, gives the salad a boost of protein, and the pomegranate seeds finish it off with a burst of antioxidants.  Finally, the dressing which combines one part truffle oil with four parts extra virgin olive is packed full of omega oils.  Delicious and healthy – highly recommended!

Chiltern Firehouse: Steak Tartare

While raw meat and eggs may not be to everyone’s taste, the quality of the ingredients at this great London eatery makes this a dish worth ordering.  The Irish beef is aged for over 6 weeks, before being lightly seared and bound with a pine nut emulsion, while the organic free-range egg,  which sits on top of the meat has been immersed in extra virgin olive oil.  This dish packs a heavy  iron and protein punch, with the pine nut and olive oil providing a good serving of omega-3 fatty acids.

The Wolseley:  Salade Nicoise

Honestly, there’s not much we wouldn’t recommend on the Wolseley’s menu.  The staff is always happy to remove or replace anything particularly unhealthy, and the choice of small plates, simple grilled meats and classic Hors d’Oeuvres is extensive (and delicious).  We always love their Salade Nicoise however, it’s down to earth and comprises the proper Nicoise essentials, making it great no-fuss fare:  plump olives, tangy baby tomatoes, perfectly cooked boiled eggs, and a good serving of tinned (yes, tinned) tuna.  Ask for the vinaigrette on the side, and you have the all makings of a well-balanced, vitamin and protein rich lunch.

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons: 

Okay, so this isn’t in London.  However, it makes our list because most people who go there are happy to make the journey due to the exceptional quality of the food.  Because the menu is strictly seasonal, and as such constantly changing,  it’s impossible to recommend a specific dish.  Our rule of thumb is to opt for anything featuring locally sourced fish and home grown vegetables, and you can’t go wrong.  It is also one of the few non-Japanese restaurants to embrace sea-vegetables and so is worth a visit for that alone.  Outstanding.