At David Lloyd Clubs, wellness is a main focus for us. We believe that being healthy doesn’t just mean going to the gym religiously but caring for your body and mind by: eating a nourishing and balanced diet, moving regularly in enjoyable ways, connecting with friends, family and your community, having dedicated quiet time to focus on yourself and your needs, and so much more! As part of our drive to promote wellness among our members and the wider public, we’ve decided to open a pop-up restaurant with a unique twist.
The Good Plates restaurant has been designed by a host of experts to help encourage positive mental health through healthy eating and time spent in relaxed surroundings with meaningful social interaction. Every aspect of the restaurant has been designed with positive mental wellbeing in mind and the menu has been created by chef and mental health ambassador Andrew Clarke with the help of nutritional therapist Ian Marber. Andrew is a world-class chef who’s worked at St John, Wild Honey, Arbutus, The Square, Anchor & Hope, Salt Yard and Rita’s and is the co-founder of the Pilot Light campaign, an initiative aiming to combat the stigma surrounding mental health in hospitality.
There’s plenty of evidence linking food with mental wellbeing – showing how certain foods have the power to impact mood and general wellbeing and prevent, plus manage, mental health problems. With this in mind, Andrew has created a six-course sharing menu for The Good Plates packed with seasonal, mood-boosting foods and ingredients that are known to complement positive mental health.
Take a look at the delicious menu below:
Wood roasted monkfish, chickpeas and walnut gremolata
Exquisite wood roasted, Vitamin E-rich monkfish sits on comforting, creamy chickpea puree, whole roasted chickpeas, baby onion pickled in a pomegranate molasses and merlot vinegar and covered in a fresh and zingy roast walnut gremolata.
Monkfish is believed to play a key role in cognitive function through its antioxidant properties while chickpeas and walnuts are key in promoting good mental wellbeing.
Chargrilled venison, spent coffee, blueberries, roast salsify, trompette mushrooms and mint
In this dish, deliciously marinated venison is roasted on the bone over wood and coals and served alongside roasted salsify, rich black trompete mushrooms and a hint of mint.
Venison is a lean protein rich in minerals and vitamins and low in saturated fat. It is marinated in malt vinegar and coffee grounds – an ingredient with mood-boosting antioxidants, known for helping with depression. The caffeine also helps to stimulate the nervous system and mental performance.
Salsify (a root vegetable) not only has plenty of physical health benefits but is thought to improve cognitive function through increased blood flow from high levels of potassium. Mushrooms help with mental and brain function with evidence they support the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
Cauliflower, almond miso, black beluga lentils and curry butter
Whole grilled cauliflower in a curry butter sits on creamy black lentils, is dressed in an almond and miso yoghurt and finished off with chopped almonds and curry leaves.
Cauliflower is said to be a brain-food superstar, packed with Vitamin K to help keep your mind sharp and boost your memory, while lentils are packed with fibre and linked to better mental stability. Daily probiotic yoghurt is associated with reduced stress, anxiety and depression and almonds have high levels of serotonin, which is the chemical our brains produce to make us feel happy.
Halibut tranche, seaweed butter, winter tomatoes and white beans
Gorgeous halibut sits on a bed of tart Iberiko tomatoes cooked over coals with sherry vinegar and rosemary, mellow white beans and a dulse seaweed and lemon butter.
Tomatoes are packed with lycopene, an antioxidant that reduces stress and repairs damaged brain cells. It has been suggested eating a tomato a day can help fight depression. The white coco beans are packed with magnesium, essential in fighting anxiety and depression, and seaweed is rich in magnesium, vitamin K, protein, omega 3 and fibre.
Wild mushroom and kale toban, sprouting broccoli, sunflower seed puree, poached egg and black truffle
This Japanese-inspired dish is cooked in a clay bowl in a style of cooking called toban yaki. Broccoli, mushroom and other vegetables are cooked in a simple but delicious stock and a creamy sunflower seed puree before being topped with gratings of decadent truffle and an oozing egg.
Broccoli contains chromium which helps boost serotonin, melatonin and key mood regulators in the brain. It is also amazing for the gut, which is linked to better mental health. Sunflower seeds contain magnesium and folate to help fight depression.
Roast salmon, herb labneh, poached cucumber, beach herbs and salmon roe
An organic salmon fillet is served on a herbed labneh, a mix of foraged beach herbs, poached cucumber and salmon roe.
Salmon is loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids that help boost mood and fight depression; the foraged herbs are packed with omega 3, vitamins A & C; and the poached cucumber provides plenty of vitamins that contribute to good wellbeing.
The Good Plates restaurant will be open at a Shoreditch venue in London for two nights only on the January 22 and 23. You can buy your ticket here.
We’ve got 2 pairs of tickets to dine at The Good Plates to give away. Head over to our Instagram or Facebook page to find out how to enter. Full T&Cs can be found here for Instagram and here for Facebook.