My friends are now used to me taking photos of their food, so it seems that they are still willing to invite me to eat in public places with them. They recently introduced me to a lovely little café in Wimbledon, Lu-Ma Café. The best thing about Lu-Ma (other than its incredibly delicious and nutritious food) is its ability to cater for everyone and everything. Everything is free from refined sugars and refined carbohydrates, and there are plenty of options. Gluten-free? No problem. Vegan? Fine. Not vegan? Add an egg. Not vegetarian? Have a slice of smoked salmon with your Brunch Bowl. You get my point. As well as its cosy and warm atmosphere and friendly service, it’s also Lu-Ma’s ability to have something tasty on offer for everyone that adds to its charm.
The first time I visited, I went for the Lentil and Root Vegetable Coconut Curry, served with brown rice, sauerkraut, fresh coriander and toasted cashews. I absolutely loved it. In fact, I loved it so much, that every time I have returned I’ve ordered the same! (Not very adventurous of me, I know!)My friends went for the Brunch Bowl, the Bean Burger with sweet potato wedges, the Aduki Bean Pie with Cauliflower and Millet Mash, and the Miso Bowl with buckwheat noodles, broccoli and kale, all of which looked great. I have to say that a plate of colourful food is often so appealing, and it also means you have a wide variety of nutrients on your plate, and Lu-Ma excelled at providing this.
Dessert was tricky; however it was not a lack of choice that was the problem, but rather the abundance. The fridge boasts a mouth-watering selection of both raw and baked vegan goodies, free from refined sugars. I went for the Raw Coffee and Coconut Slice, which was rich, creamy and totally divine – I it thought tasted like a raw version of Tiramisu. My friends chose the Raw Chocolate and Almond Butter Fudge, the Raw Pecan Pie with Booja Booja vanilla ice cream and the Raw Brownie – obviously I helped my friends to finish their desserts, so I can confirm that they all taste as good as they look. We also tried the Lemon Polenta Custard with Berry Coulis and their Raw Snickers Bar – this indulgent slice consisted of a crumbly ‘biscuit’ base, topped with a date and peanut butter ‘caramel’ layer and coated in homemade raw chocolate. Yes, it tastes as beautiful as it looks and sounds.
I’m delighted to have discovered this gem of a café and hope to visit many more times! If you want to find out more about Lu-Ma and view their menu, click here.