Hemsley And Hemsley Cafe, Selfridges, London

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I can always count on my mum to want to visit a healthy restaurant with me.  We like the same kind of food and eat the same kind of diet (grain, gluten and refined sugar-free – amongst other things) so when I spent a day with her recently I suggested that we went to the Hemsley And Hemsley Cafe in Selfridges, Oxford St, London, for dinner that evening.

Hemsley & Hemsley is a healthy eating brand created by sisters Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley.  They advocate healthy but delicious recipes and have a TV Show, 2 cookbooks, Good + Simpleand The Art of Eating Well and even a Hemsley + Hemsley Spiralizer to their name.  Their mission is to create tasty, healthy, nutrient-dense dishes, without the use of grains, gluten or refined-sugar and in doing so they have become household names.  Last year they got the opportunity to open up a the Hemsley And Hemsley Cafe in Selfridges, serving their recipes to London.  As a big fan (I’ve got the cookbooks and watched the TV Series) I really wanted to go and try out what they had so we decided to head to Selfridges third floor to see what they had to offer.Hemsley And Hemsley Cafe, Selfridges, London by Emma Eats & Explores - Grain-Free, Gluten-Free & Refined Sugar-Free

We started with a glass each of the Hardcore Green Juice, a juice made from only vegetables.  At £7 it wasn’t cheap but it was absolutely delicious and you could almost feel it doing you good as you sipped it.  Made with fennel, celery, spinach, lemon, ginger, parsley and mint, it definitely had a bit of a kick from the ginger and was the perfect start to our meal.Hemsley And Hemsley Cafe, Selfridges, London by Emma Eats & Explores - Grain-Free, Gluten-Free & Refined Sugar-Free

We munched on some huge Gordal Olives as a delicious starter while we looked over the menu.  Hemsley And Hemsley Cafe, Selfridges, London by Emma Eats & Explores - Grain-Free, Gluten-Free & Refined Sugar-Free

I was in heaven – it’s rare that I can pick from more than one or two items on any given menu and here I had plenty of options.  The Squash & Ginger Soup sounded delicious as did the Moroccan Chicken Stew, but I settled on the Salmon Burger served with Lime Slaw and Chimichurri Sauce in a  flaxseed bun (minus the bun – flax is not my friend).  Mum chose the Beef Ragu and Courgetti, which is their version of a Spaghetti Bolognaise, a slow cooked beef ragu served on top of raw, spiralised courgette noodles.  We ordered a Green Leaf salad to share which contained cos lettuce, cucumber, rocket and spinach.

The food arrived and it looked as beautiful as it did healthy.  My salmon burger was nice, could’ve done with some more herbs and spices to bring it to life a bit.  It had spring onion and coriander in it but the flavours weren’t very pronounced.  I would’ve seasoned it a bit more and maybe added some dill instead but that’s just my opinion.  The chimichurri was very flavourful though which helped spice up the salmon burger a bit.  The hero of the dish though, was definitely the Lime Slaw.  A mix of red cabbage, fennel, carrots, celery, spring onions and coriander with plenty of lime juice, it was zingy and refreshing and I loved every mouthful

Hemsley And Hemsley Cafe, Selfridges, London by Emma Eats & Explores - Grain-Free, Gluten-Free & Refined Sugar-Free

Mum absolutely loved her Courgetti Bolognaise.  Normally, when I make Courgetti Spaghetti I steam the noodles but they’d left them raw and it worked much better I think.  They had more of a bite and were less soggy.  I’m definitely going to try that in the future.  It meant that the noodles didn’t get so waterlogged and leave a little pool of water in the bottom of the dish, watering down the sauce, like they normally do when I cook them!  The Ragu was hearty and tasty and topped with spiralised carrots.  You could definitely tell from the depth of flavour that it had been slowcooked for a long time allowing all the flavours to develop.  A really comforting dish but still light due to the courgette noodles.

When they brought the dessert menus it was such a treat!  I can never normally eat anything from a restaurant’s dessert menu unless it’s fruit salad or cheese so it was great to be able to pick their Paradise Bar!  We ordered one to share which was absolutely plenty as it was so rich and sweet.  the inside is made from raw honey, dessicated coconut and coconut oil and then the whole bar is covered in sugar-free dark chocolate.  I can’t describe how delicious it was, it tasted exactly like a Bounty Bar, maybe even better!Hemsley And Hemsley Cafe, Selfridges, London by Emma Eats & Explores - Grain-Free, Gluten-Free & Refined Sugar-Free

We finished up with a couple of hot drinks.  I ordered a Pep-Up tea which is a blend of ginger, turmeric, cayenne and lemon juice and mum ordered a fresh mint tea.  My drink was absolutely delicious, quite spicy from the ginger and cayenne but a real palate cleanser and the perfect way to end our meal.  Hemsley And Hemsley Cafe, Selfridges, London by Emma Eats & Explores - Grain-Free, Gluten-Free & Refined Sugar-Free

Although we decided on a dry evening, they do serve wines, champagnes and even some cocktails so you can make the event even more of a special occasion if you like!Hemsley And Hemsley Cafe, Selfridges, London by Emma Eats & Explores - Grain-Free, Gluten-Free & Refined Sugar-Free

So on to the price, it wasn’t cheap – £70 including service for two of us (and that’s with no booze) but then healthy ingredients are not cheap unfortunately so there is definitely a cost attached.  It was worth it to have a menu, full of tempting choices to pick from and I’ll definitely be back to try some of the other options.  I’ve also seen that they have a brunch menu with some delicious looking egg dishes on that I’m hoping to try soon so maybe my next Hemsley And Hemsley Cafe encounter will be a morning one!

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41 Comments Add yours

  1. Ruth says:

    Oo, I like this. Going to check it out

  2. The food sounds delicious and your photos are beautiful! I’m hungry now!

  3. Amber says:

    Oooo all this food looks so delicious. I wouldn’t mind checking this place out.

  4. This looks like a wonderful meal. It is sad that it costs so much to eat good food. I hope that changes soon. I was in London about 8 years ago, but I am sure this restaurant was not around! Maybe when I go back!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      I know -it’s such a shame that it costs so much to eat well!

  5. Joely Smith says:

    This literally has me drooling a bit. It looks like such wonderful food! I would love to go there someday.

  6. Andrea Broom says:

    Everything looks and sounded amazing, my fav. the tea at the end of your meal, ginger + turmeric

  7. Sarah Bailey says:

    It was an expensive but a worth it meal. I was so much intrigued with that Lime Slaw and I wanted to visit Hemsley one of this days.

  8. Hrakaridi says:

    Its seems such an awesome cafe with delicious food and drinks !! I love this review 🙂

  9. Everything you featured in this post looks so good. This Hemsley and Hemsley Cafe is a must visit in London. I wish I knew about this place when we were there last August. Oh well, there is always a next time and I will make sure we get to dine in this awesome place.

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      It’s great – the food is so clean and healthy – really nourishing!

  10. Victoria Heckstall says:

    What a great place for couple this coming Valentines day! This is really amazing, the menu is also good and has a lot of drinks.

  11. Wendy Polisi says:

    Those foods and drinks are really delicious! I really wanted to go there and bring my husband.

  12. MaryAnne says:

    MMMM Yummy! It looks so delicious!

  13. Elizabeth O. says:

    This is my first time hearing about this restaurant and I think it’s awesome that they’re promoting eating healthy. I would love to try the dishes that you featured!

  14. Sounds like a wonderful place to eat, especially for those who don’t want to eat the processed junk that is so easy to get a hold of.

  15. kage2015 says:

    Wonderful that you and your mom can explore new and healthy places to enjoy a meal together.

  16. This looks so good. I should deffinetelly visit this place.

  17. Yum, everything looks so delicious. I’ll be back in London next month so hopefully I can find time to stop by.

  18. roseclearfield says:

    Everything sounds delicious! It’s wonderful to be able to eat healthy at a restaurant.

  19. This is not fair. I am jealous. LOL I’d love a restaurant that served healthy foods like this near me. Too bad this restaurant is an ocean away from me. Any chance I could get you to send me the dessert? Sugar-free dark chocolate? Yes! My sugar intake is extremely limited (health reasons), and I love dark chocolate.

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      It’s 100% cacao so just chocolate in it’s purest form. You can buy it on Amazon – I have a couple of links to different ones on my Chocolate Chip cookie post! http://emmaeatsandexplores.com/chewy-chocolate-chip-cookies/

  20. Kathryn says:

    Wow! Looks so yummy – we are hoping to go to London soon so we will definitely have to check this place out when we make it across the pond…

  21. thebookswag says:

    you had me at the salmon burger! and the desserts! wow. I am actually hungry right now, and the photos are so good! hope you enjoyed the meal, despite the priciness of it all 🙂

  22. Yummy everything looks delicious great menu and these place looks nice.

  23. I think it is getting harder and harder to find healthy options at restaurants. This place sounds amazing!

  24. Sounds delicious. I wish I had someone to dine at healthy restaurants with. I can imagine how good you felt after your meal. I wonder if I can convince my husband to try this place when we visit London this summer.

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      We really did feel like we’d just stuffed ourselves full of vitamins! That’s the great thing about my mum! My boyfriend wouldn’t be so quick to join me at a restaurant like this!!

  25. Oh how cool! I love healthy food cafes, I would love to go to Hemsleys one. The food looked great!

    Lennae xxx

  26. bitesofflavor says:

    This place sounds great!! I love all the different foods that you tried 🙂

  27. Looks like a great place to visit. You always find great spots. Thank you so much for sharing. -Cass from sugarsaltspice.com

  28. Lianne says:

    All the food looks amazing! I love the Hemsley sisters and would love to visit here!

  29. Chels says:

    It looks amazing!

  30. joyfuliowan says:

    This looks great! I wish we had healthy eating place where I live!
    Jenn
    joyfuliowan.com

  31. Joanna Malefaki says:

    I love Selfirdges and your meal looks delicious, but yeah the price was a bit steep. On the other hand, you only live once, so why not?

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      I agree – you cant put a price on healthy food that does you good!

  32. I love a good green juice but that Pep-Up tea sounds divine! I also would not mind having a taste of that lime slaw. I could eat that with a yummy sandwich. Great review.

  33. Jen says:

    I love that healthy restaurants are mushrooming everywhere. They use to be so scarce and moslty non-existent.

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      I know it’s great isn’t it! There’s so many more options for eating out!

  34. Wow, the food looks so yum. Awesome place indeed. The green juice made of veggies is such a lovely and healthy drink!

  35. wowsers. everything looks so good. that Hardcore Green Juice is super delish. would love to try

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