I recently had the pleasure of visiting Deliciously Ella‘s Mae Deli that I have been desperate to go to since if first opened. I’ve been a big fan of Ella for a few years now and having attended her supper club in September, which you can read about here, I knew that the food certainly would not disappoint!
The restaurant is fairly small, as many of the healthy locations in London seem to be, but what is lacks in size, it certainly makes up for with its ambiance and decor. The interior is beautiful and very homely, adorned with delicate flowers and filled with ornate wooden furniture and armchairs.
The atmosphere is extremely laid back, as it’s set up in a buffet style, where you order your selection from the counter. Although admittedly it took me a little while to understand how it worked and how many different combinations you were allowed to order, the food actually tasted even better than it sounded or looked!
Many know Ella for her vegan recipes and cookbooks and although the food at the Mae Deli is all wheat, dairy and refined sugar free, it offers meat options as well, so it really does have something for everyone.
Although I’m not vegan, or even vegetarian for that matter, I ended up having a meat-free meal, purely because of how delicious all the vegan dishes looked!
My mum and I both opted for the ‘mix mae’, which is a mixture of 4 hot or cold dishes. Here we have a sweet potato curry, charred kale and broccoli, sun dried tomato falafel, sweet potato falafel and a lentil and vegetable salad. I honestly can never make kale as delicious as Ella somehow manages to and I enjoyed trying it out for inspiration, as well as just the amazing taste. However, my favourite thing had to be the sweet potato falafel, probably because I absolutely am obsessed with sweet potato.
There is an impressive selection of drink options as well, ranging from the standard green juices, to peanut butter protein smoothies, chocolate mylkshakes and my beloved matcha lattes. I decided to branch out this time though and try the cinnamon matcha latte, which was honestly incredible. Even my mum, who was extremely skeptical of a green coffee was surprised by how delicious it was.
And of course I couldn’t leave without trying out my favourite things that Ella makes; dessert.
I saved the Peanut Fudge Slice for a snack later on in the afternoon, which was a heavenly combination of almonds, oats, dates, raw cacao powder, coconut milk, water, peanut butter and cacao butter.