If you're a bit bored with the overly fashionable restaurants around the City to which clients and journalists are taken, then Mildreds is the place to go. On London's Lexington Street near Oxford Circus, it is a fantastic central location and perfect for a relaxed, less stuffy, unaffected breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Mildreds has been open for 17 years and has become one of the worst-kept secrets in Soho. It serves a delectable range of vegetarian food, from Malaysian coconut curry to passion fruit creme caramel with gingersnap biscuits. A mix of healthy eating and a cosy setting that blends the ever-enticing Soho buzz with a homely feel allows you to deal with a tricky new business meeting or labyrinthine questioning from a journalist in a calm and mellow environment.
The brightly painted front of Mildreds is echoed throughout the decor in a breezy interior reflecting the restorative menu and service inside. If you just need drinks, there is a bar offering a selection of wines and beers and a huge range of organic smoothies, fresh juices and spirits. Mildreds can cater for breakfast for two or lunch for six, but it also has a cosy private room upstairs. The only downer is it doesn't take reservations - so, as far as I'm concerned, I'll race you to the door.
Where 45 Lexington Street, W1F 9AN
Contact 020 7494 1634
How much £14 per head for lunch