If you’re a regular around here you may have read one of my previous posts all about eating clean. I love experimenting with healthy foods and trying out nutritious alternatives. Recently I have been on a major chia seed hype! Filmore and Union is all about providing ‘fresh, unprocessed food which is also delicious’. There is a wide selection of gluten free and vegan food with an emphasis on natural eating and feeling healthy. I love their ethos and when I found out there was a restaurant in the beautiful Victoria Quarter in Leeds I went along to try out their menu. Not only is the food incredible but the decor and design is so aesthetically pleasing and photogenic. I found my self unable to stop clicking away on my camera, it is a blogger’s dream!
There is a wide selection of healthy smoothies and juices on the menu. They are bursting with health and nutrition and each one sounded delicious. It also gave me some ideas for things I can try out myself with my Active Blend.
I tried out their version of a ‘healthy chocolate milkshake’ which uses raw cacao to provide the chocolatey flavour. It was delicious and very guilt free! I am also totally in love with the jar style jug that it came in, I desperately want to get some for my kitchen.
To eat, I went for the smashed avocado and feta on rye bread with honey roasted pear, goji berries, toasted pumpkin seeds and a superfood salad. I also asked for it to be topped with chia seeds. It was delicious! I am already obsessed with avocado so this dish was the perfect combination. I loved that there was broccoli in the salad. It isn’t something I would have expected but it went down very well.
My mum went for the Omega rich smoked haddock fishcakes. I can confirm that they were very tasty. They were served with a dukkah mint yoghurt and this made a great healthy alternative to a dish that could normally be quite unhealthy.
I LOVE cake so I found it extremely hard to decide which one to go for! Just look at that selection…
I tried this banana loaf before when I visited the Harrogate branch. Read about it here.
After much deliberation, I went for the orange and lavender cake. The name alone sounds so good. Whilst being sugar free, the cake was still sweet and tasty, I was very impressed.
I really enjoyed my experience at Filmore and Union. I think it can often be quite hard to eat healthy whilst eating out but here this is possible. I have a few friends who are gluten intolerant and have been disappointed by the selection of cakes/dishes available for them at other restaurants. Filmore and Union have tried to create a place that caters for such dietary requirements and it is a great idea. Lots of people are jumping on the band wagon with healthy and natural eating, a vegetarian/vegan diet and gluten free options. There is even a gluten free afternoon tea and their evening menu is 100% gluten free! I will definitely be returning. (There is still so much more on the menu I want to try!)
Thank you to the lovely staff here who made my visit even more enjoyable.
Have you ever been to Filmore and Union?
Lots of love,
- Location: Leeds Victoria Quarter
- Menu type: Breakfast/lunch/afternoon tea/evening meal/take away/snacks/juices
- Price: £££££ – at £8-11 for a lunch course, I found the menu to be a little pricey. It is more than I would normally spend on lunch, especially being on a student budget. I hate that eating healthily is often an expensive option.