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    London W1F 0QD
    Soho
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  • Business website beatroot.org.uk

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  • 5.0 star rating
    20/7/2011
    5 check-ins here

    Whenever it's cold and wet and I'm not sure how I can make it through the day, I find myself shuffling zombie-like over to Berwick St, parting with my well-earned £5.50, wandering out lugging my steaming box of veggie delights and feeling ready to face the afternoon.

    I am a hard-core meat-eater. I suspect I'd eat a puppy if they served it up with a good sauce. Hey, I lived in China for a year; I probably already did. But this place fills me up good and proper and I never, ever feel like something's missing. Why aren't all vegetarian restaurants like this little gem?! It perfectly compliments the equally wonderful vegetarian double-eatery Mrs Marengo's / Mildred's around the corner on Lexington St.  Whilst they are more upmarket, with a refined vibe and unusual taste combos, Beatroot provides hearty, stomach-filling fare at not-unreasonable prices. The staff are friendly and make sure to fill your box until it can barely close . . . in fact, they always have to use a sticker to secure mine and have been known to double-box it when it starts to burst under the strain.

    My hard-to-please, sophisticated head of department is as much a fan of this place as I am; a hard-to-please, not remotely sophisticated underling. I've even seen celebs chowing down at the friendly communal tables.  Moussaka comes highly recommended, as does the cauliflower cheese. They do veggie versions of all the traditional meat-filled dishes (lasagna, sausage rolls etc) and offer both cold salads and hot food all year round so you can alternate according to the season, or have a mix if you so fancy.  A warning: as soon as you add anything from the cold counter, the heat dissipates from the hot food pretty sharpish and you just get a mush of lukewarm stuff, so stick to one or the other if you've got to walk pre-nosh.

    Beatroot is without a doubt one of the best things about working in Soho.

    I wish I'd gone there for lunch today.

  • 3.0 star rating
    22/7/2014

    Beatroot Cafe is located on one of the sleaziest streets in London. Tucked away in the corner, it doesn't look like much from the exterior and isn't exactly atmospheric in the interior.

    The prices are decent but not fabulous. I got a medium sized container for 6 pounds and I definitely could've gotten more food at Food For Thought or at a local Pret for the same cost. My box contained beets, spinach, lasagna, shredded carrots and a bean salad. Food is edible but not sensational. I'm glad I did take-away because sitting in the cafe would have been less aesthetic compared to eating in the park.

    Not the greatest but not bad.

  • 4.0 star rating
    6/7/2014

    Great portions and vegan options at a great price! Excellent smoothie too. Loved also sitting outside next to the market.

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/1/2009

    Once upon a time, I was a vegetarian.  *GASP*

    Yes, believe it.

    However, I learned to love the cuisine. When done well, vegetarian food can be spicy, flavorful, fresh and unique. The moussaka was wonderful here, and the portions were large. I never left hungry or wanting for more.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/3/2011

    Oh Beatroot.  Several times I have been wandering the streets of London with a grumbling tummy and you have saved me from my impending starvation.
    I happen to have one of those "no-food-touching-other-food" sort of temperaments, so my first time here I was a little shaken.  But, once I had the food in my mouth I quickly got over it.  Some of the dishes are so so while some of them are AMAZING.  And this place really is all about how much food you can jam into the box so the flavors do mix together a bit.  I know it's been mentioned before but their selection of vegan food is tops, especially for the price!  

    This is one of those places I always eat at whilst in London.

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/4/2009

    For those of a no-food-touching-other-food sort of temperament, this is NOT the place for you.

    For those of you who relish the prospect of getting a box packed to the gills with as much or as little hot and/or cold vegetarian food stuffs as possible in what can only be described as a down-and-dirty veggie food orgy, this IS the place for you.

    Arriving just before the lunchtime rush, I found myself able to gawk at all the wonderful-looking items in both the cold and the hot food bars unhindered before finally requesting a medium box and spontaneously pointing at random vegetarian delights that caught my fancy in that moment.  I ended up with a box teeming with flavours that you wouldn't necessarily put together, yet everything worked.  Sometimes I could distinguish what it was I was eating.  At other times, well, I didn't really care, because it still tasted good!

    I think I got some wild rice, beatroot salad, Indonesian salad, shepherd's pie, broccoli and numerous vegan pastry-encrusted sausages.  

    In any event, for just over £5, I got more food than I could eat during the lunch hour plus a can of sparkling cranberry and a seat inside amidst lovely company.  That is, until the imposing lunch masses began to hover, eyeing our spot under the massive orange abstract hanging lamp shade.

    Beatroot offers a most excellent option for a veggie lunch in Soho!

  • 3.0 star rating
    26/9/2012
    1 check-in here

    This was my first food outing my first day in London. A friend said they had good food and were generous with their portions. I had no idea it was a place where you pay for a size box you want and they stuff it with whatever you want (their food is all prepared kind of like a cafeteria style).

    There was a lot of options from lasagna, curry, salads, quinoa, fake meats... It took me a while to figure out what I wanted and I had to ask what everything was since there were no signs. I got a medium box, generiously filled with quinoa, vegan fried sausages, then I got some curry and veggie dishes with different types of potatoes. It was so much food my box did not close! It all looked very delicious so I was excited to dig in.

    The vegan sausage was popping out of the box, so it was the first thing I tried. It was so dry and not tasty. I also asked for another extra helping so I felt bad for not wanting to finish it all. The quinoa was really good, but honestly you can't go too wrong with quinoa! The curry and veggie dishes I had were very heavy on the potatoes. After a few bites, I was so over them. It's good but you get sick of the food really fast. I feel like something was missing in the curry and veggie dishes... maybe more spices?

    Overall this place is just okay. If I lived in London, I would go here on occasion since the food is decently priced and you get a lot for what you pay. And now I know, not to overfill a box because it is just way too much food!

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/6/2011

    First time in here, I size up the boxes and think, boy, even the large seems a little small.  Er.. no.  They jam so much food in that puppy you could build a good set of biceps lugging it down the street.

    And this vegetarian food is varied, tasty and rich. You're not grazing on salad here, unless you're trying to deny yourself happiness.  Moussaka, lasagna, bean salads, herbed potatoes, dhal, etc etc.. it's all well spiced and garlicy and complex and a great, great value..  especially if you learn that the medium box is really as much as any normal human needs for lunch.  A properly manicured vegetarian stomach could do just fine on small.

  • 3.0 star rating
    6/9/2009

    What a veggie delight. There are quite a few tasty places around here that serve salad by the box but this one has a guaranteed fresh selection and super friendly staff.

    I came here with Larissa a while ago and as much as I really enjyed it I didn't feel the need to rush back - not that it wasn't lovely, I'm just a fussy customer. To sit in it's not that comfy but still welcoming, at lunch time it's bustling with locals which is always a good sign. At about £7 for lunch it's a bargain in this area.

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/4/2009
    Listed in Fabulous Fast Food

    Soho seems to be a little haven for herbivorous diplodoci! There's Maoz for falafel and Hummus Bros. Beatroot Cafe is another little treasure for all things vegetarian.

    Don't be put off by its less than salubrious surroundings on Berwick Street Market. The traders outside give the area a real down to Earth feel.

    The cafe does have some seating but at lunchtime, its popularity lead to a queue out of the door. They charge in a very simple way - choose a small, medium or large box and the staff will cram it with goodies from the counter. Though everything looks and smells divine, I find it best to not mix too many flavours but to return for the next yummy looking dish next time!

    They have a hot food section serving dishes such as curry with coconut, moussaka, shepherd's pie made with lentils and my favourite play on words - sausage roll but filled with soya mince. There is also a good choice of salads. You can buy cakes, soup and drinks separately and any of their fresh juices and smoothies are healthy and refreshing. I especially like the zinger - orange, carrot and ginger.

    So give Berwick Market a browse and then join the queue at Beatroot Cafe.

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/11/2009

    I popped in with a friend on a rainy afternoon. We were searching for something hot to eat, and fast.

    although the food does get a bit mixed together in the box, it's gooood. it's like a box of hippy goodness all tossed together. i got the sheperd's pie, little sausage bites, some sort of spicy tofu stirfry with kale, steamed broccoli, and a little bit of green salad, just for good measure. all vegetarian, of course.

    they've also got a wonderful little menu of fresh blended juices. a small is just right. i believe i had the vitalizer (apple/pear/ginger) and it was just the right amount of spicy.

    it's a small cafe with limited seating and nothing too fancy. but the prices are good, the food is delicious, and the staff is friendly. definitely check out beatroot.

  • 3.0 star rating
    8/4/2009

    Gordon Bennett, two for a paaouuund! If you like a bit of street theatre with your lunch Beatroot on Berwick Street is the place to go. These smiley, happy chaps really know vegetarian food and have two counters filled with hot and cold food. Just pick a box size, small, medium, large and they cram it with food, you can even mix and match hot and cold. My favourite thing about Beatroot is that everything is veggie, not just a few dishes and the rest meat.  The vegetarian lasagne is cheesy and divine and the mini 'sausage' roles are fab (I had five today).

    Pick up your box, grab an organic lemonade and sit on one of the bench tables outside - you can watch the world go by and hear the hilarious cockney street traders shout over each other.

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/12/2008

    God knows how many people walk past this place without even looking in just because it's on one of the crappier streets in Soho.  Well more fool them.

    Beatroot is possibly my favourite lunchtime place.  Serving vegetarian and vegan food of the highest quality the grub here is divine.  The vegetarian mousakka and lasagnes are wonderful and this from a meat-eater.  Better are the wide range of salads and those potatoes which are so moreish!

    Okay, it may be a bit more expensive than a sandwich from elsewhere but it's most definitely worth it.  The large box can be crammed full of wonderful food and washed down with a refreshing juice.

    Sit in or take out.  Either way, i urge everyone to try this place.

  • 4.0 star rating
    6/8/2013

    Very filling and hearty food. Everything is vegan minus 2 or 3 options. Roast veggies, curries, rice, tabouleh, sausage rolls, tofu etc. Their sweet tomato relish is great. They do nice smoothies too. Great for taking away and sitting in the park.

  • 3.0 star rating
    25/9/2010

    I wish I could give another half star.  This place gets points for the following:

    1.  Presenting me with a large selection of tasty looking vegetarian foods and allowing, nay, encouraging me to be greedy and try as many of them as I can in one go.  

    2.  Fun location - lots to look at while you eat, encompassing a vast and fascinating range of human life.  A jolly market trader, a shouty annoying market trader, cool arty twentysomethings with waxed moustachios and silly trousers, wealthy people with lots of fancy shopping bags, eccentric old ladies in leather and the mournful open window of a brothel, which I can't get out of my mind.  I appreciate a bit of pathos with my lunch.

    3.  A lot of grub for your buck.

    Now for the negative:

    1.  The food isn't especially nice.  Except the cauliflower cheese.  Only a monster could f**k that up.

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/4/2013
    Listed in healthy food!

    The Berry Boost smoothie i had here was o tasty I practically downed it!! The food looks gorgeous too! Will have to try it sometime!

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/11/2008

    This is in such an out of the way place that you'd never know it was there. However, when you do, what a find! Every day they have a different selection of meals and you can either eat in, or take away. Also they do meals in small, medium or large, to suit both appetite and/or your pocket. The smoothies and juices are a tad expensive but they're freshly made.

    If you're in the area, this is one eaterie worth seeking out.

  • 5.0 star rating
    19/7/2009

    Beatroot offers an assortment of vegetarian and vegan food for cheap prices under £7. Simply choose a container size and choices of vegetable stir fries, curries and moussaka you'd like piled on. Be certain they have all of their food out if you're eating at 11 a.m.! I definitely prefer their warm foods but I prefer warmer foods in general. Their staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable about which foods are and aren't vegan. This location is a bright and easy-to-find cafe on Berwick Street in Soho if you're coming from the Oxford Station!

    They also have Provamel pink soya milk! (Strawberry, and also banana/chocolate.)

  • 3.0 star rating
    3/8/2010

    My favourite time to dash into Beatroot is on a rainy London day, because I know there'll be a giant, hearty meal waiting for me. Stews, curry, bean dishes, stir fry, veggie sausage rolls, divine roasted potato/root veg - if you don't mind a bit of it all thrown in the same box, you'll be right. There's also a decent salad section on offer, but I very rarely step into that territory because I don't like hot and cold food mixed together so much.

    Much of the food on offer is vegan (all you have to do is ask what is when you're picking your food), even a decent percentage of the desserts they have. If you can fit in dessert after one of those amazingly packed boxes - i've never managed to get past a medium sized box!

    Good value, cozy space, delicious heartwarming food - Beatroot is definitely a little veg haven in Soho.

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/12/2008

    I really like Beatroot, it's a really relaxed veggie cafe / eatery on Berwick Street. A nice little veggie haven in the middle of Soho. I find a lot of veggie places bland - I'm not a fan of rabbit food myself - but this place is pretty bloody tasty!

    My friend is a total vegan and it's often hard to find somewhere she actually likes eating but this place is always a winner with their curry being particularly nice and their sweeties / flapjacks etc being awesome too.

    I highly recommend this place, vegan, veggie or a meat eater - the food is good enough for anyone!

  • 5.0 star rating
    17/12/2008

    I discovered Beatroot when i first moved to London, and it was one of the restaurants that inspired a brief foray into veganism (I'm vegetarian now - love cheese too much!), because it proved to me that delicious vegan/vegetarian food is wholly possible. Now, whenever I'm in the area and need to grab a quick bite, it's always my number one option (unless I'm having a proper fast-food craving, in which case I'll head to Red Veg).

    The food is consistently tasty and filling, and better than that, it makes you feel good.

    You choose from one of three sized boxes and a member of staff will fill it to the brim with whatever options you choose from the salads and hot food counter. I am neraly always dazzled by the options and end up with a completely random mixture of tastes - a bit of spiced dhal, a tofu stir-fry, lasagne, mousakka,  bean salad and a few veggie sausage rolls for good measure. A more sensible choice might be one or two of the hot options with a mixed salad - whatever you fancy really. My favourite dish for winter is the veggie cottage pie - carrots, mushrooms and other veg topped with creamy mashed potato - beautiful.

    Vegan/vegetarian cakes are also on offer.

    It's pretty small inside but I always seem to get a seat and there are a couple of benches outside, which is good in summer.

    The cafe is on the same road as Berwick Street market, which is a great place to buy your fruit and veg, especially towards the end of the day when you'll likely grab some bargains.

    • Qype User warrio…
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    3.0 star rating
    17/11/2008

    Perfect for the colder months, Beatroot specialises in filling, hearty meals. You can have as much as you can fit in your choice of box size, with dishes like tofu stir fry, shepherds pie, vegan sausage rolls and a variety of salads being typical. It's a bit weird when you get a mouthful of pasta salad and mashed potato mixed together but hey, I'm open to new experiences.

    The vegan cakes are a bit rubbish and quite expensive, but they do sometimes have huge chocolate cornflake cakes with raisins for £1.50 and they're gorgeous. Definitely the sort of thing to be eaten in private though - believe me, there is no decorous way of consuming them and I assure you it would sound the death knell to any date if you attempted it.

    Vegetarian options - ALL!
    Vegan options - many, just ask the staff. I highly recommend the sausage rolls, mmm.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/12/2009

    I've been to beatroot several times to grab some lunch. There is a selection of hot and cold food and the staff really do try to fit as much food as they can into the box you choose.

    Up to now, all the food I have had was fairly good, properly hot and the staff are very friendly!

    Probably one of the better places in Soho if you are looking for a quick veggie fix.

    They also have (among other drinks) 'organic cola'. I have not tried it yet but a co-worker has and he thought it was quite nice.

    • Qype User cerule…
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    5.0 star rating
    16/7/2010 Updated review

    Adorable little vegetarian buffet with hot and cold dishes.
    You first pick the box size (small/medium/large), prices go from £4 à £6.
    They give you generous portions, so you can easily chose the medium box. You can order takeaway food, or just seat on little wooden chairs with tables.

    The food is good quality, it is diverse.
    Cold buffet: spinach flan, pasta salad, quinoa, greek salad, wholemeal rice, coleslaw, red cabbage salad...
    Hot buffet: chunky mussaka, shepherd's pie with lentils, roast potatoes, chinese vegetables stired with tofu.

    Everything is good and cheap at the same time. For thirsty people, Beatroot has smoothies and fresh juices from £2.20. An address I really recommand.

    5.0 star rating
    26/10/2009 Previous review
    Un adorable petit buffet végétarien qui propose des plats chauds et froids. Vous choisissez la… Read more
    • Qype User absint…
    • London
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    4.0 star rating
    20/11/2010

    If you're around Soho and happen to be in the mood for fast, cheap and cheerful hippie-style food, Beatroot is the place for you.

    My partner and I fell into this place last night after failing to win ourselves a seat in any of the more obvious dinner time restaurants in the area, and were delighted to find that they were still serving at gone 9pm, and were happy to throw in a few extra veggie sausage rolls as they were finishing up.

    The portions here are really generous (£6 for a large buffet box) and we felt were substantial enough for supper. Mostly nice healthy stuff too, but not worthy or dull.

    A nice little West End haven - will bear them in mind more often in future.

    • Qype User sophis…
    • London
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    3.0 star rating
    4/6/2008

    You know those days when a bland sarnie from Pret just isn't going to cut it? They're similar to the days when you bring in your measly pasta salad and just can't face it; when it's raining and you need some warmth and some colour to perk up the grey West End day. You know what you need? Beatroot.

    I've often walked past this primary coloured veggie lunchtime hotspot, but never ventured in until recently - more's the pity. The concept is nice and simple - pick a container by size/price (depending on which rules your heart, appetite or budget) and get the staff to fill it right up to the brim with whichever vegetarian delights your heart desires. I plumped for moussaka and greek salad and was not a bit disappointed. Lots of bang for your buck and a nicely full tummy mean Beatroot earns a spot in my Soho Lunching Spots Hot 100. (well, perhaps that's not hard).

    One gripe - wooden 'cutlery' gives me the heeby jeebies. And you thought lolly sticks were bad.

    • Qype User petest…
    • London
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    5.0 star rating
    30/5/2008

    Beatroot is a small veggie cafe on Berwick Street in Soho, with a few tables inside and some space to sit outside - the layout inside reminds me of primary school - all orange and curvy. If you can't get a seat then you can always get a take out, as they serve up all the food in boxes of various sizes. There's a wide selection of dishes available from both a hot and a cold counter. Not sophisticated fare by any means (it won't impress a date - unless they're a veggie!) but its very wholesome stuff. They also do various concoctions of fresh juices - the A.B.C looks like a good one - apple, beetroot and carrot :) They can also serve up wheatgrass shots if that's your thing

    Cheap and cheerful and highly recommended - small, medium and large boxes of food for £3.90, £4.90 and £5.90. Not bad at all for Soho.

    • Qype User doubti…
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    5.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    Oh my god! How amazing is this place?

    Tucked away on one of the scummier streets of London, across from the tiny but busy market this little cafe serving vegan and vegetarian food is simply divine. I absolutely love coming here, whether I choose to sit on one of their peculiarly shaped tables or grab a large cardboard box of food to go, I'm never disappointed.

    Pricewise a large box is around £5 with smaller ones available but what's the point? It may sound pricey but when you figure meal deals of limp sandwiches etc can cost around the same this freshly prepared range of sumptious salads, vegetarian lasagnes and moussaka will some of the most divine potato's really will leave you feeling full after having some wonderful, healthy flavours work their magic on you.

    Honestly, if you're in the area and stuck for something to eat you could do a lot worse than go here.

    Thoroughly recommended!

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/5/2009

    Beatroot is a cheerful and bright little cafe on Berwick Street, just off Oxford Circus. You choose a size of box (small, medium or large) which will then be filled to the brim with a variety of delicious veggy and vegan foods.

    There is a selection of hot and cold food on display and you can choose as many different types as you like. I recommend the vegan shepherds pie: a mixture of thinly sliced veg, lentils and whole button mushrooms, all covered in mashed potato (much, much tastier than the meat version!)

    The best part is Beatroot is relatively inexpensive: under £5 for a medium sized box (which is big enough for dinner or a heraty lunch). Perfect for fueling your mad shopping spree on Oxford Street!

  • 3.0 star rating
    7/5/2012

    Small place with a salad-bar looking thing. Mix and match salads and cooked food.

    To be honest, some of their prepared meals seemed a little salty... I, perhaps unrealistically, expect vegetarian cafes to err on the less flavorful but healthy side. The food was good, but not mind-blowing... I wouldn't mind getting a box of salads from here again but I won't go out of my to come back.

    I will say this though, they really do pack a lot of food into one box.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/10/2013
    1 check-in here

    Truthfully this is the first time I've purchased food in the "pay for a box size and we'll stuff as much as can fit" model, and as other Yelp! reviews mention, they really do their utmost to cram far more than can reasonably be expected into a single box so you really don't feel as though you weren't getting what you bargained for. I was also pleased with the vast selection (approx 20) of dishes to choose from, and with the variety of dishes. For those who are vegan, I would say you could eat at least half of the dishes there. It was a bit pricey at £6.something for a medium box, and truthfully I'd been walking around London all day and hadn't eaten before this lunch, so even though it must have been at least 2 pounds of food in that box, I was still hungry afterward, but the large box was £10. Probably most people couldn't even finish the medium box though, as I'm a notoriously voracious eater. Everything I got was really delicious, though. I disagree with any previous reviewers that said the food was too salty (it was just right!) or not flavorful enough.

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/10/2012

    i am normally meticulous about my food not touching. if i order a take away, everything stays in their separate containers and under no circumstances will there be any food-type mixing on my fork! so i'm not sure why i liked beatroot so much because this is the opposite way of how i would normally choose to eat my food...

    you order a small, medium or large box (and your eyes will be bigger than your belly here...the small packs a definite punch. go for a medium only if you are super hungry and a large...i'd approach with caution!) and then pick your choice of hot foods or salad. you can have as much as they can cram into the tub or box, which is A LOT. i think the small box is £5 which is really good value. when i came i decided to get the tofu stir fry which was stuffed full of delicious tofu pieces and cabbage, some brightly coloured beetroot (it would be rude not to in a place called beatroot!), some coleslaw and some brown rice with spinach. everything was seriously good. my boyfriend had a small tub just full of veggie lasagne which i think was a rookie error (why did he not want to taste everything?!) but he was super happy with his choice.

    we came at dinner time around 6pm so it was quiet, but i imagine it gets ridiculously busy at lunchtime. if i worked around here i'd come here all the time to bring tasty hot food home for a quick dinner. if you got a large box and split it between two and added a side salad or veggies of your own, you would be sorted!

    i will definitely be heading here again and again when i need cheap, filling and relatively healthy eats!

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/11/2008
    First to Review

    When I used to work in Soho, Beatroot was my calorie splurge. You don't have to calorie splurge at Beatroot, as they make your box any way you want but I was greedy. I was Vegetarian and carb craving. They gave me a bit of everything and stuffed that box for me to the brink. I always ate in to get more or said I was eating in and took it out so I could fit a bit more of veggie lasagna into my box. I sometimes bought a bottle of organic apple rasberry juice to go along with my box. The whole lunch set me back around 6-7 pounds. It could have been less but I need to get the medium box, stuffed all the way.

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/3/2011

    MOstly vegan food that actually tastes really good! It's pretty laid back - a very casual setting, not really a smart date venue. Tip, don't make the mistake of going for the chocolate bomb ball, no where near as chocalatey as I wanted.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/9/2009

    Wonderful food, pleasant servers, neat location, and DO avoid the veggie deserts: as usual, oaten-wheaten.

    • Qype User Hungry…
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    2.0 star rating
    14/4/2011

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    Beatroot Cafe in Berwick Street is almost something like a Soho institution. It has been around since 1997 which is a long period considering the sometimes fast pace of change in the London restaurant scene.

    I have never tried it though as it just never looked terribly inviting to me  the door of the small restaurant is always open and I am a very cold and draft sensitive. When I walked past last time with a grumbling stomach, Eureka!, the door was finally closed! (mind you, it was about 2 degrees and gales, so the door should be closed).

    No excuse anymore and I went for it. I should point out that after I had ordered and taken my seat, the surprisingly cold-resistant staff left the door ajar again, so I had to eat in coat, scarf and was considering wearing my gloves. Dear Beatroot Cafe, doors should be closed in winter. They really should! I hate the cold so much, particularly while I am eating, that I am now negatively biased toward Beatroot Cafe. But let me try to be as objective as possible.

    Beatroot Cafe is a vegetarian cafe and most of the dishes served are vegan. You have a choice of 10 salads (e.g. greek salad, lentils, broccoli, beans) and 10 hot dishes (like vegetarian moussaka, Shepard's pie, curry, stir fry). You can combine as many of the dishes as you want in different sized boxes (Small £4.20 Medium £5.20 Large £6.20).

    So there's the problem: I chose the salad box with salads such as Greek Salad, Coleslaw, Tabouleh and Beetroot. They all tasted quite nice. However, as they were all (generously) stuffed into this box it felt like eating one dish with everything mixed in (and let me tell you, greek salad and coleslaw don't go together very well) as opposed to being able to differentiate between the different salads. A box is great for take away but when you eat in? It would probably also be much more environmentally friendly if you used plates instead of making a lot of mess with these boxes (I do think they are getting recycled though).

    The box issue might be even more pronounced for the hot dishes: I don't see Shepard's pie and Indian curry being a marriage made in heaven Of course you can always choose only one variety and this is probably the way to go.

    The cafe got really busy and seems to have a fair share of returning customers. They probably have their warm office around the corner and take away their food. For eating in I have to say the atmosphere is not exactly great. The chill aside, the interior is more than spartan, which is not necessarily a bad thing in general but in this case it just looks a little dated and canteen-like. It is not comfortable at all and it vividly reminds me of the dining room in my primary school, not only the type but also the size of the furniture. This might be intentional though as you avoid customers who nurse a coffee for hours and take up valuable space.

    I should point out that I actually really like vegetarian food and I love interesting salads. My favourite vegetarian, Mildred's, is just around the corner and even though it's more expensive and more a proper restaurant than a fast food place, the money and time is worth it in my opinion. So if you are not in a particular hurry and are after vegetarian, Mildred is the way to go. However, if you are under time pressure, Beatroot Cafe is a decent enough option.

    • Qype User minkym…
    • London
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    • 50 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    28/11/2008

    Although I'm not vegetarian, if I'm wandering around Soho near lunch time and feeling hungry, Beetroot is where I'll eat. They serve a great selection of very tasty vegetarian and vegan food and you can choose whatever combination of dishes you fancy, filling up whatever size box you think you can manage (the £5 box is usually plenty for me). I particularly like their veg lasagne, savoured while sat at one of the outside tables enjoying the hustle and bustle of the market.

  • 4.0 star rating
    26/4/2010

    Me like Beatroot. Veggie Sausage Rolls. Lentil Dhal. Greek Salad. Bean Stew. Tofu Stir-fry. It all so gooooooooood. And great value for money too.

    • Qype User chris…
    • London
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    • 2 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    12/1/2008

    Beatroot is a bright little vegetarian cafe located on the narrow pathway of Berwick Street. The eatery has an assortment of vegetarian and vegan food for cheap prices under £7. Simply choose a container size and choices of vegetable stir fries, curries and moussaka you'd like piled on. The staff is knowledgeable about which foods are and aren't vegan. The food reminds me of the options at Fresh & Wild except Beatroot's food is just as warm and tastes a lot more well-prepared.

    • Qype User ynaide…
    • London
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    • 1 review
    5.0 star rating
    2/11/2010

    Great food at an excellent price for quality and quantity! Everything is organic, made on the day, staff is very friendly and easy-going. A great cafe for vegans too, when I went there were mostly vegan options, and one or two vegetarian. The newspaper 'Positive News' is available for free, full of seasonal catch-ups on things that are going on or doing well as far as climate change/permaculture/eco movement is concerned.
    Definitely a place I'll come back to in the future, it's a little gem in the heart of Soho.

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