London is one of the best places in the world to live for foodies, with restaurants of every stripe on offer across the English capital. One of the growing trends within the city’s culinary cognoscenti is plant-based eating: the latest in this long line is none other than Spinach London, a new opening down on Lordship Lane in East Dulwich. With a creative menu designed around vegetables at its core, you’d hardly notice that meats only feature on several dishes; shining the spotlight onto the spectrum of flavours which greens and legumes can offer. Head on over to this South London establishment to savour some of the masterpieces and don’t forget to book in advance.
South London is surrounded by superb dining destinations, from Caribbean cafes to neighbourhood curry houses, with no small number of Italian eateries and Chinese classics as well as international favourites of every kind in between. What sets Spinach London apart, however, is not the provenance of their cuisine, but that of their ingredients. Vegetables take centre stage in its mostly European-influenced dishes, without compromising on one iota of taste or flair. Purple cauliflower and romanesco is topped with golden raisins and ricotta; and don’t be surprised to find your order of jerk salmon presented with fried plantain, grated carrot and coconut slaw at this East Dulwich restaurant.
Spinach London’s menu is seasonal and ever-changing, but you can be sure of the eponymous leaf making a more-than-regular amount of appearances. Take the London Overground to East Dulwich station and wander along Lordship Lane to treat yourself to its exciting plant-heavy offerings. We’d like to talk you through the menu, but instead we’ll simply say that you have to experience it for yourself: book a table at Spinach London, where it’s never been easier to eat your fill of greens.
Amazing food, great decor and friendly staff. What more do you need? Good price? It's got that too! One of my favourite restaurants in South East London
Very friendly service. Great to find a restaurant that serves food to suit vegetarians, meat eaters and gluten free diets. We all really enjoyed our food.
The food was exceptional, the staff were brilliant and the prices were very reasonable. A great addition to Lordship Lane and I would recommend this local treasure to anyone.
Spinach's set lunch of 1 portion of protein and 2 salads was excellent value. We had delicious Thai Fishcakes with pea and samphire salad and sweet potato, yogurt and avocado salad. It made a really interesting meal. The service was friendly and helpful
The food at Spinach is very good which is primarily where the 5 rating comes from and secondly from the excellent service. I do however recommend you avoid a table upstairs where you are subject to all the exhaust from the kitchen. The restaurant on Saturday was very busy, and we booked late, so we had to take what was on offer, sadly the upstairs tables are right above the kitchen and hot air rises. My other gripe is the furniture. They have recycled old wooden furniture but it's really uncomfortable and you may end up sitting on a plank of wood masquerading as a bench. So note to the restaurant, most of what you do is excellent but you really must sort out your terrible furniture.
Excellent restaurant really good quality fresh food will definitely come again. Good drinks selection. I only have one very small criticism, this being with the lamb shoulder small plate, I think it could have had a bit more spice to it. I can see why they wouldn't want to over do it as the meat is extremely good quality and they probably want it to speak for itself but unfortunately this makes the sauce over power meat, a bit more kick and it would balance it out a bit better. I feel a bit bad for making a tiny criticism as overall excellent.
Great staff, nice food. Only thing we ordered a cocktail (Prosecco base) and the glass arrived half full. When we questioned this we were told that their Champange flutes were particularly big hence only half filled. To us the glasses didn't look particularly big and considering that the cocktails are £8.50 each and Prosecco not Champange based we felt short changed. I would either change the glasses or fill the glass a little over half full (it didn't need to be filled to the brim just a little over half way). It just spoils the experience.
The restaurant has a great atmosphere! It's bright and spacious and even when nearly full it didn't seem to get noisy like a lot of restaurants. Everything we ate (deep fried goats cheese with romesco & lettuce, gobi manchurian, lamb meatballs, seared tuna) was absolutely delicious so will definitely return for another meal sometime. The cocktails all sounded great but we were a bit disappointed with how they actually tasted so will stick to the wide selection of wine next time. A bit pricey but worth it for the food.
My companion had a Veg burger - which was very tasty but did fall apart a lot! I had lovely parsnip and cardigan soup - very thick. Very satisfying. I would have preferred some soft bread rather than very hard toasted - sourdough? The salad portion was on the small side. But these small gripes were made up for my great service and the food being full of flavour, and the ethos of vegetables being every bit as important as meat. And I'm not even a vegetarian! We will return.
I've been twice now and had a mix of good and bad each time. I love that there are lots of interesting veggie options and sharing plates. The butternut squash flan was great both times if a little heavy on the garlic. We enjoyed the fritters and goats cheese balls. However the prawns were really inedible, almost floury in texture and the accompanying sauce lacked flavour. Three of us had the chocolate pot puddings and they came out served with melted ice cream just a puddle on the plate and the chocolate pot itself wasn't even fully cooked and still had a solid and cold centre. Really want to like this restaurant but it's got a way to go entice me back again.