July 15, 2020
One of the most common dietary requests we receive these days is “what are the best restaurants in London for a keto diet?” For those that aren’t familiar (as we weren’t initially), the ketogenic diet is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet similar to the Atkins Diet which lowers blood sugar and insulin-levels and shifts the body’s metabolism towards fat and ketones. Luckily for Londoners, there are plenty of great restaurants that can accommodate this type of eating.
Amazónico – One of the crazy things about dining at Amazónico is how damn good they are at cooking various cuisines, which will allow you to pick and choose to your heart’s content, going in heavy on the protein and avoiding the stodge. Also, they’ve recently launched an excellent bar area downstairs with a dancefloor perfect for shaking off the excess calories.
Zuma – What better way to follow your keto diet than to tuck into top-shelf Japanese at one of London’s most fashionable restaurants? Zuma has long presided over Knightsbridge with its chic, sleek design and achingly cool clientele; but it’s the quality of its cuisine that keeps customers returning. Choose from precision-sliced sashimi or a meatier selection from their excellent robata grill.
Sushisamba – Eschewing the rice or noodles, Sushisamba is perfect for the keto diet. Located atop the Heron Tower with a fresh new site perched above the Covent Garden Market Building at Opera Terrace. Exec chef Andreas Bollanos even collaborated in the past with elite performance coach and wellness expert Harry Jameson to create a special menu.
M – With locations in the City and Victoria, M has always been one of those restaurants to promote good health alongside sensory indulgence, with a selection of the finest steaks from across the planet sitting next to a raw bar offering that puts protein front and centre. Whichever direction taken, you can be sure that you’ll enjoy flavour-forward dishes in line with your dietary goals.
Lima – Peruvian cuisine is almost custom calibrated for the ketogenic diet, with plenty of protein available in the form of tiraditos, ceviche and dishes. For some of the best in London, head to Lima, which earned a Michelin star for head chef Virgilio Martinez and exec chef Robert Ortiz in 2013. The original resto hasn’t yet opened it’s doors, but head to Lima Floral in Covent Garden for dishes like seared tuna loin, yellow aji quinoto and beetroot.
Hawksmoor – Steakhouses are keto havens. Opt for creamed spinach over chips and tuck into any steak on the menu. In terms of good steak, Hawksmoor has carved out primacy amongst a crowded market as one of the best in the capital. At the moment, only their Borough location is open, however Seven Dials, Spitalfields, Air Street and Knightsbridge are poised to open as July segues into August.
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