Holiday blues are a similar feeling to a sadover – a hangover that makes you feel utterly woebegone and soon you start contemplating moving country to escape reality. A case of the holiday blues hit me recently, when, looking through my skiing photos, I sadly realised that it is no longer acceptable to dance on a table at 4 pm mid week.
Apart from watching the film ‘Chalet Girl’, on repeat, the only obvious ways to cure my case of the holiday blues was to
- 1. Book another holiday. (Check)
- 2. Eat. (Check).
The trouble was, post a weeks skiing holiday which involved a lot of large, rich meals which were washed down with wine- when on holiday do as the French do- I was craving a specific type of meal. I wanted a meal that would leave me feeling reenergised and satisfied but equally I was aware that by the end of my holiday my salopettes were embarrassingly tight and so I wanted something healthy. So my immediate reaction was to organise a trip to ‘Who Loves You.’
Situated in Worlds End, which is at the far end of the Kings Road, WLY is light and airy and an ideal spot for a light brunch. I put the emphasis on a light brunch as the portions here are small- so perfect after an indulgent week but not so much if you’re ravenous. WLY is v health concious, the menu an array of exceptionally clean alkaline dishes- even the waffles are healthy!
The porridge arrives beautifully presented; all the cutlery here is in soft, Instagram friendly colours. Obviously.
The porridge comes with a good selection of fruit and with a portion of agarve nectar on the side; a nice touch, allowing you to sweeten the dish as desired. Coconut blossom nectar has a very low G.I so is a great breakfast sweetener and tastes more like caramel when compared with honey. The porridge was good- but for £7 it was expensive for the amount given.
The Quinola bowl was, again, a dish that looked too pretty to eat. Hidden under a great array of toppings, is coconut yogurt. Uber healthy/light and uber tasty, this is a great breakfast to lift the holiday blues!
The 3 egg white omellete got the thumbs up from both my friends who had it, the smoked salmon styled into a rose a nice touch, although, again, I thought the amount of salmon given was pretty stingy.
The poached egg on toast with avocado was exactly that; a fail safe option but for a rather hefty price tag, I’d be a bit cheesed off that the dish didn’t come with two eggs and an ingredient/sauce that gave the dish a bit more flair.
My holiday blues were lifted by Who Loves You’s, ‘Wiley’ salad. It’s very simple, but it’s simplicity is what makes the dish.
Composed of kale, sun dried tomatoes, avocado and sesame seeds, it’s definitely a salad you could make at home- and having tried it, I definitely will be. Let the holiday blues be banished with this salad, (and you may fit back into your salopettes.)
WLY is definitely not going to encourage dancing on the tables with a drink in hand, but, should that occassion arise, I’d get The Conversation drink, a true lean green alkaline machine of a juice! Sadly, WLY doesn’t have a green smoothie on offer but there are all sorts of protein smoothies if that is what you’re after.
WLY also has an array of beautifully presented vegan treats but also caters for those who have no allergies/aren’t vegan etc and just what to have a cake.
And when they look like this, who wouldn’t want a treat?
I’ve been to WLY twice and both times I’ve been surprised by how quiet the cafe is, especially given that Juice Baby, only just up the road, is normally always busy with a buzzing atmosphere. I’ve found that Who Loves You’s atmosphere is rather muted and I felt that the staff, listening to our conversation, must have known us all a lot better by the end of our brunches!
It is expensive for the size of the dishes but if you are looking for a meal that won’t leave you loosening your trousers, then this is the place for you. And should you ever get a case of the holiday blues, get your photos developed, try not to peak at them and head straight to WLY. Order a healthy dish, pour over your photos and plan your next trip. You’ll leave with an alkaline halo emerging again, with you’re holiday over-indulgences a distance memory; a brunch that leaves you ready to hit the Easyjet website again.