Mandira London’s first fresh yoghurt bar

Food & Drink

Move over fro-yo… the yoghurt bar is undergoing a transformation thanks to Mandira. Whether you’re in the mood for dark chocolate and orange or hummus and za’atar, find the sweet or savoury bowl to suit your palette.

Low in fat, packed with nutrients and vitamins, yoghurt isn’t some trendy new health product. It has existed since 6000 B.C. and history says it’s good for you. While the good bacteria can help to improve skin and bone health, the combination of amino acids, minerals and healthy yeast is proven to have positive effects on your overall wellbeing.

Mandira has reinvented how we look at the Greek staple by combining their own probiotic-packed version with Eastern Mediterranean flavours and ingredients to create a range of delicious, healthier fast food options.

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Grabbing breakfast after a workout at nearby Good Vibes or Soho Gym? You’ll be spoilt for choice with sweet yoghurt bowls such as blueberry and green apple with chia seeds or granola and strawberries. If you fancy something more wholesome, the smoked salmon and labne simit bagel should do the trick (a traditional Turkish bread, similar to a bagel but lighter, crispier and coated with sesame seeds). Whilst the all-important morning coffee comes courtesy of Julius Meinl’s Viennese blends.

For lunch, Mandira’s savoury yoghurt bowls have to be tried to be believed. Inventive toppings range from stuffed vine leaves and green grapes, avocado beetroot and mint to hummus and za’atar with toasted pine nuts.

Photo: Mandira

For those with a sweeter tooth, try the dark chocolate and orange with pistachios, or the mango and pineapple with basil. Keep an eye out for seasonal specials – their recent chocolate and charcoal creation for Halloween flew off the shelves. Vegans will not be left disappointed with fresh mezze bowls from the store’s grab and go fridge.

Mandira’s store is light and welcoming, with clean white marble counters and exposed brick. Customers can watch as their fresh bowls are prepared in front of them. A small seating area is available for those that wish to linger whilst all food is freshly made each day onsite in the downstairs kitchen. Delicious.

Address: 78 B Long Acre, London WC2E 9NG

Price: £3-6 for breakfast, £4-8 for lunch

Tube: Covent Garden / Holborn

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By Lizzy Pollott

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