Deliciously Ella - Weighhouse

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18-21 Weighhouse St, London, England, W1K 5LU

Menu of salads, curries and hot and cold main dishes. Previously named The Mae Deli. Open Mon-Fri 8:00am-9:00pm, Sat-Sun 9:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Salad bar, Take-out, Bakery, British, Fusion

22 Reviews

First Review by Vegan_Jules

Shopping break! - Edit

Popped in for something to eat and a coffee, it's so near to Bond St/Oxford St so very handy. We had the tomato falafel, hummus, and turmeric roasted cauliflower. Loved it. Feels like healthy clean eating, and will go back next time I go shopping there.

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delicious - Edit

Everything is delicious and so well priced for central London!

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nut roast but it was cold - Edit

In January I went and they were still serving a festive dish of nut roast, vegetables and "warm" gravy. I ordered it, and when I sat down to eat it it was stone cold. It was meant to be served that way, the only warm part of the dish was the gravy, but that soon went cold upon hitting the food. I asked if the staff could warm it for me but they said no. I ate it, it was ok but very salty, and I like a lot of salt but it was getting too much for me. I had a cake for dessert and it was very average. The seating arrangement was difficult as it was one long bench serving a communal table, so each time I needed to get up I had to disturb the person next to me to be able to pull out the bench and get my legs out. All in all it was an overpriced and disappointing experience

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Maybe next time it will be better - Edit

I regret that I haven't bought cake or something because it looked good. I think my food would be better if it wasn't that cold and spicy.

Pros: Cool place, Nice location, Water for free

Cons: Food could be better

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lovely - Edit

Great place to war breakfast, lunch or a coffee Break 😍

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Outstanding vegan chilli - Edit

Loved my first time here. Presentation outstanding, decent value, nice hot chilli with lots of heat and garlic. Will definitely return.

Pros: amazing chilli, beautiful presentation

Cons: really busy and hard to get a seat

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nice variety - Edit

We really enjoyed the food although very spicy! Smoothies and vegan deserts available!

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not worth the hype - Edit

There is a big hype around Ella. The food in the restaurant is bland and uninspired. It might be healthy, but most other health oriented restaurants in London serve much tastier and original food. The worst however is the audience. Fur wearing (so is Ella) individuals. Staff was nice though.

Pros: staff

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Good idea, but mediocre food. - Edit

The food has been thought out quite well. I would argue that there is so much cool/cold food that would have been better heated up.
I had a sweet potato cake that was cool and a tasty slaw on the side. My husband had a hot curry that was more tasty.
The juices are all pre-packaged and in plastic bottles- a little disappointing for the price.
My husband and I spent £30 for two small lunches and two smoothies- it was not worth it.

Pros: quick service

Cons: cool food, pricy, limited seating.

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Very disappointing - Edit

Maybe it's an off day but my first experience eating here today does not make me want to return. I had the five bean chilli which although tasty was a very small portion size and served with inedible cornbread - dry, heavy and tasteless - and an average red cabbage slaw. The eating area was full of dirty plates from long-departed previous customers and the service was poor. When I asked for a glass I was told there were some. So I had to explain that there weren't and that was why I was asking. To top it off there were fruit flies circling my food a I ate and hovering now as I write this. There are much better places in London to eat vegan food.

Pros: West End location

Cons: Value for money, Food, Service

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Delish - Edit

Been to the Mae Deli twice now, once for brunch, once for lunch. The lunch foods were very nice. And brunch was very interesting too. Flavours were great, and the combos worked splendidly. Cakes were fine too. Perhaps a bit on the pricey side though.

Pros: Delicious, Fast service generally

Cons: Pricey

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Nice paella - Edit

I asked for the veg paella. It was fare, but cold.

Pros: very quick , Nice staff

Cons: cold food

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As good as the other! - Edit

Having tried the breakfast in the other location, we decided to try this one for breakfast too.

We had the sweet corn fritatas with spicy beans, which was delicious!
The lemon cake was tasty too.

The food in general has a nice and yummy homemade feeling. The staff was super friendly and the service was also great.
During breakfast there were not too many people, so the atmosphere in the basement was quite calm and peaceful.

Will definitely come back when in London again.

Pros: opens for breakfast, yummy

Cons: none

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welcome to London - Edit

We came here on our first night here. I had the Five Bean Cili with cornbread and cole slaw. The five bean was also "five alarm" if you eat all the hot peppers. It is as great. And the cole slaw had sunflower seeds. Nice crunch. My wife had the Vegetable Paella with roasted broccoli and bean and red pepper salad. It was all served cold and would have been better warmed up.
But the atmosphere and comfort made up for any shortcomings.

It's nice to try different vegan restaurants for every meal. We can't do that in upstate NY. On the other hand, you don't have to share public transportation with 9 million others. "Mind the Gap."

Pros: great food, atmosphere and seating downstairs., comfort

Cons: Ask for a hot meal

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A-mazing! 😚 - Edit

Delicious meal. So glad i stopped by.

Pros: Vegan meals plus cake!

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Delicious healthy food, great staff, bright ambiance - Edit

Deliciously Ella is the exact type of restaurant that you want when you’re on the go or traveling. I was in London for business for 48hrs and ate lunch here once, and breakfast the next day. Healthy non-processed vegan meals with a great atmosphere (communal dining) for a quick bit. A must visit but not an intimate date spot.

Pros: healthy, bright and clean ambiance, staff are super friendly

Cons: not the best for intimate dining as its bar stools

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Brilliant - Edit

Best cornbread and chili I have ever had in my life vegan and Omni life. Also AMAZING brownie!!! I wish I could come here everyday!!

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LOVE - Edit

Buffet style menu allows for personalisation on food. Staff don't hold back on portion sizes so I always leave on a full stomach aha! My favourites recently have been the cacao drink and tomato falafels. Definitely recommend a visit.

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Mediocre, expensive food in a stylish cafe - Edit

A sweet little cafe in upmarket Mayfair owned by Ella of Deliciously Ella fame. They're currently in the process of renaming their chain of 3 restaurants called "The Mae Deli" to "Deliciously Ella".

The food is good - all totally vegan, and healthy, but nothing to write home about. It's quite a limited choice and the menu is quite tame - nothing especially new or different - bean chilli and rice, humous and salad etc - not done in a particularly exciting way. It's good home-cooked food, but the high prices don't reflect the basic foods presented. Just to give you an idea - it was £3 for a small side of quinoa with a few peas and radishes (about 3-4 dessert spoons worth of food).

The cakes are a little better - again, very traditional flavours - a lemon sponge, a brownie and a vanilla/strawberry sponge. Great textures but I'm afraid to say, none blew me away, and again the prices are very high for the product.

Overall, a safe choice but it's very standard fare. There's nothing remotely exciting about this menu - so this, combined with the high prices will mean that although there's nothing stopping me from going back next time I'm in the area, I'm very unlikely to go out of my way or recommend it to others.

Updated from previous review on 2017-08-20

Pros: Lovely, stylish cafe, Classic, healthy vegan food

Cons: Very expensive for what it is, Nothing special or exciting about the menu, Small portions

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Nice space - Edit

I wanted to give the Mae Deli a go after hearing that they had gone all vegan. The space is pleasant (there is a larger seating area downstairs) and the salad bowl was tasty and filling.

Pros: Nice atmosphere, Vegan

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Super friendly staff - Edit

Staff are always smiling and welcoming, food is always fresh, £9.75 for 4 kinds mix salad is a big pricy but the portion is huge and the flavor is amazing!

Updated from previous review on 2016-11-29

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Friendly service, tasty food! - Edit

After reading the negative reviews for the original Mae Deli, we were rather apprehensive about visiting the second one a few days after it opened.

We could not have been more pleasantly surprised. The service in particular was some of the best we have ever come across, the staff are extraordinarily friendly. The person serving us (Harriet) was superb, and also vegan, which is always reassuring. She was really helpful, especially for checking which cakes were suitable for coeliacs. Even the chap collecting plates etc was super-friendly.

I was expecting the food to be good, but it was better than I had hoped. We tried a number of things we would not normally combine, which I am now keen to try at home.

Portions were good and the price was reasonable, especially for London.

Ella does use honey in her books, but none of the food on offer when we were there had honey in it. There were 2 types of cake which were certified gluten free, the recipes having been changed recently to accommodate coeliacs, not just those avoiding wheat.

We ended up eating 2 cakes each, which were both excellent (I make very good cakes myself, so this is praise indeed).

Although the Mae Deli does serve a small amount of meat and fish, this is clearly an optional extra, and kept well out of the way from the main offerings.

There was a long queue out of the door for takeaways at one point, which is always a good sign!

In short, this is now one of our favourite places, and we can't wait to go back.

Pros: Lovely staff, Great food, GF & vegan cake!

Cons: Serves small amounts of meat/fish

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