3 Spitalfields, 3 Crispin Place, London E1 5DW
- hackbridge rail station (1.5 km)
- Waddon Station (1.4 km)
- Contact us:
020 7247 4369
- Opening hours:
Open daily till 10/11PM
13 reviews of Leon in English
Loved Leon, everything tastes fresh, healthy and like it's doing you good even the banana split piled high with whipped cream and salted caramel sauce! Can't fault a single one of the numerous dishes we had even though the manager was horrified by our overordering. I think we gave the menu a pretty good workout! My faves are too many to mention but particular shout outs for the sweet potato falafel, meatballs and chilli con carne. And of course the aforementioned banana split!
Frankly, it didn't strike me as exceptionally cheap - though it's still great value - but what did make all the difference during last night's cold and damp Sunday visit was a dose of warmer service than the local crematorium: good old fashioned East End engaging charm with more than a liberal helping of "luvs" and "darlings".
In a city of indifference, it makes all the difference. And is most welcome indeed, perfectly complimenting the relaxed and spacious setting, which is pretty tranquil considering the location slap bang next to the bustling market, and though my macchiato was nothing out of the ordinary, my chocolate tart was a sticky and succulent delight.
Probably my favourite of the local eating places because it's fast, the food is warming and homely and it has great pecan pie. It's really cheap but you never feel you're getting cheap food. The superfood salads make you feel rather virtuous!
Leon’s is a fab place to you if you need your food in a hurry but don’t want to sacrifice quality. The best part is that all the food is labelled with Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, and Dairy Free icons so that you can be sure that you’re getting the right ingredients for your body. It’s such a pleasure for me to eat somewhere where I can trust I’m getting something Wheat Free.
I had the superfood salad, and it was amazing. Quinoa, Broccoli, Avocado, Sprouts, Peas, and a lemony dressing. Deeelish!
I first heard about Leon through the Observer Food monthly; the ultimte answer to anyone who wants to have the convenience of a realiable spread of fast food chains that don’t sell typical fast food. Even though it sounded like a great idea to me I was also aware of how hot new trends get hyped to death, so I didn’t really bother going, until I stumbled across a branch in Spitalfields, while waiting for a mate that was late.
It’s a great Sunday timewaster’s venue; brightly decorated in wake-me-up primary colours, sofas to sink into, a good spread of papers. A perfect springtime location. The food is fantastic. I went there a month ago and had their Leon Gobi - a fun spin on a lovely Indian dish. What’s even better is he fact they share the recipes with you on their website so you can also make them at home. They have some awersome superfood salads, fresh juices, smoothies tea and coffee, although it’s a real shame they use Sunrise soya milk which is vile and muddy-tasting. Switch to Alpro, people!
Their service is nearly as fast as Pret-a-manger; which is handy if you’re as hungry and impatient as I often am. If you want one of the good seats though, best get there before 1pm, which is when the hordes of shoppers descend upon Spitalfields to part with their hard earned dosh.
This place dishes up very tasty and wholesome food, I’ve been here about three times and mostly go for the Leon Gobi (sweet potato, cauliflower, sultanas and coconut milk amongst other stuff), mostly. Service is very quick, the pecan pie and ice-cream is delicious, the prices are surprisingly cheap, the decor is interesting and imaginative. Forget bland Giraffe next door, I want to be able to actually taste my food.
A great little place in the funky newly refurbished Spitalfields market. Cheap as anything, which is unusual for the area and, unlike most Leons which are really take-away joints with a few seats thrown in for good measure, this is a proper large sit-down eatery.
As with the other locations, Leons is all wholefood so if you’re desparate for a huge steak with fries this isn’t the place for you, but I really like it - their sweet potato falafel, brown rice and raw pea salad dish is lovely :)
If there is one quirk, it’s the menus - one sheet with food on one side and a selection of wine on the other. No mention at all of the other drinks that they have on offer, including their wonderful smoothies. A rather strange omission…
Leons are rapidly popping up all over the shop and that can only be a good thing. Where else can you get affordable free-range chicken, wholemeal rice and mayonnaise-free coleslaw to take out? The idea is that you can eat well and still get fast food, so the emphasis is on fresh, organic, local and nutritious and it tastes really good too.
I’d reccomend the superfood salad and the sweet potato falafel wrap. Mmmmmm… and to drink you don’t get a better thirst beater than a lemon mint and ginger ‘quencher’.
The atmosphere is generally upbeat but somehow really cosy, although I went in on a Saturday and it was clear the staff were having trouble keeping up with the fast food pace - there were a load of cardboard boxes and cups stacked up and paper all over the floor.
It’s becoming a favourite with yummy mummies so there were plenty of babies in the (homely, wooden) highchairs, throwing salsa verde across the restaurant and rubbing chocolate brownies into the (homely, colourful) toys and books. So its best to go in during the week when the market and accompanying carnage isn’t on.
It’s a shame the whole menu isn’t organic and local, but maybe that’s not compatible with the pretty reasonable prices.
The only real down side is that i noticed when you ask for a smoothie or juice, they pour it for you ready-made out of a plastic cup and then chuck that cup away - seems a bit wasteful and not in keeping with the caring ethos they purport to hold dear.
Generally though, yum yum yum.
A really great place for lunch - fresh and delicious sandwiches, wraps and salads - and they advertise it as what fast food really should be. it’s a little pricey, but i guess you’re payig for the quality of the ingredients.
A great place for cheap and heathy fast food if you're in hurry...I particularly like the sweet potato humous and berry smoothie. The spitalfields restaurant has a great atmosphere in the evenings with a variety of lighting, innovative seating (cushioned paint cans) and menus (modified children's story books) - a real haven away from the hustle and bustle of Liverpool street.
Although this branch has seating it never seems that inviting so I tend to get take-away. The food is as you expect, wholesome, nutritious but still tastes good, and the I like the take-away boxes. The staff are friendly and efficient, meaning you never have to wait long in the queue. Although I’m a fan of Leon as a concept (healthy fast food), with the choice of other fantastic food stalls in the close vicinity, it never top of my list to visit when I’m at Spitalfields Market for lunch.
I ate the salsa chicken along with blackcurrant thirst quencher, the bill cameupto £8.00 ( give or take abit ). The main meal was good as they are served with unpolished rice with home made coleslaw. I have never encounter anything as healthy as this in London ( food wise ). They had contemporary decorall over the place which makes it homely and chic at the same time.
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