Date Day in London: The Mae Deli and a Hyde Park Ramble
Sunday, 24 April 2016
Sometimes a date day in London can be a bit overwhelming.
What to do? The theatre? A museum? One of the bazillion restaurants? With so much choice comes the pressure to HAVE FUN because we're in LONDON and IF WE CAN'T HAVE FUN HERE CAN WE EVER?!?! (Sorry for all the caps, but such choice can put on just weeny bit of pressure, right?). To avoid organised, pressure-induced FUN, Jack and I like to keep date days in London simple.
We love a little window shop, a spot of lunch and long ramble talking about whether or not Jon Snow is dead (we say no way hose, by the way). Last month it was my turn to choose the lunch spot and I plumped for Deliciously Ella's The Mae Deli, which I'd wanted to try out for aaaages. After I assured Jack they sold brownies there, he was on board too. Come along for our date day below. Spoiler alert - there's alottta food.
If you want to replicate this date day youself, I suggest starting your date on Regent or Oxford Street with a window shop (and treating yourself to a little summin' summin' from The Body Shop, I reckon) before making you way to lunch and Hyde Park.
The Mae Deli, tucked away behind Oxford Street, is all sorts of super cute. Full of mason jars, blackboards, exposed brick and fresh flowers it's an instagrammer's dream. But it's also, reassuringly, packed making it a food lover's haven too.
We arrived at about 12.30pm and it was buzzing, but luckily we were seated straight away. Jack got to ordering whilst I, well I took photos of the place from top to toe.
But let's get to the nitty gritty - food. We both went for the Mae Bowl (a combination of four different dishes of your choice), but Jack plumped purely for cold dishes whilst I had a hot dish too.
The choice is massive and it takes some will to just choose four dishes. Heres what we went for, pictured below - Mexican style roasted veg, maple roasted sweet potatoes, falafel, grilled broccoli beansprout salad, beans and salsa verde, quinoa salad and thai green curry!
Our winner? The broccoli! So delicious. And the maple-roasted sweet potatoes that we've been recreating at home ever since.
We were both fit to burst after those mega bowls plus smoothies (my green one was delicious, but Jack's peanut butter a little disappointing. Better made with a load ice cream, I reckon). However, I'd promised Jack brownies so we nabbed a Peanut Fudge Slice (on the left), and marched off to Hyde Park in an attempt to walk off our mega lunch.
I love spending time outdoors and sometimes in London it's tricky to find a patch of fresh air. Luckily, Hyde Park is a great place to stretch your legs and conveniently located in the middle of the city. We took to the grass with a spring in our step.
Jack made room for the brownie of course, and I had a nibble too. Super fudgy, so very dense and crazy filling. Clever Deliciously Ella, how do you do it? And that was that! Followed by a nap on the sofa it was pretty much our perfect day.
Take selfies and be merry, kids. And happy dating!