Ella Woodward, also known as Deliciously Ella, has opened her very first restaurant in Marylebone, and purely in the name of research, Jess (the brains behind all those lovely images you see on the Lily and Lionel Insta account) and I went down to sample her healthy treats.
Not entirely at one with the world of chia seeds and coconut yogurt, it took us a minute or two to get our bearings and decide on our breakfast picks, but I’m sure anyone more familiar with all the health and wellness key terms will know exactly what’s what.
As a dedicated food fan, I have eaten in a lot of London’s restaurants and the staff manning the decks at The Mae Deli are unequivocally the most welcoming I have ever met. I was immediately assured by one of the team that my choice of strawberry chia jam on toasted rye bread was an excellent choice; that was her favourite because it reminded her of having jam on toast when she was little.
I washed that down with an enormous Tropical Berry Smoothie packed with fruit and coconut mylk (not a typo, this is how it is spelt – I’m not sure if this is a healthy person’s code that I’m as of yet unfamiliar with). I may not be able to tell my baobad from buckwheat but I know smoothies, and this one was great. Meanwhile, Jess got stuck into pancakes with blackberry and apple compote topped with toasted almond flakes, accompanied by a cold-pressed juice picked from the rainbow display, and we both left feeling impressively full.
The rest of the dishes on offer must also be substantial, because there were plenty of men eating in there, and not because their significant other was making them. No matter how Modern Man you are, it’s far more difficult to convince a male to indulge in healthy eating, and therefore their presence speaks volumes.
The perfect spot for a chilled catch-up with friends or a quiet dinner with your S.O., The Mae Deli is cosy and cool. And if that’s doesn’t satiate you, then check out their Mae Reboot which provides you with a 3-meal plan.