2 minutes Inspiration

On The Range With Mandala Cafe

Mandala Cafe, part of the London Buddhist Centre has been at the heart of the capital’s vibrant
community of Buddhist practitioners since it opened its doors in 1978. Based in Bethnal Green, the centre and registered charity, which teaches Buddhism and meditation, receives 1,000 visitors each week who participate in a wide range of yoga classes, talks, family events, school visits, retreats and special evenings featuring well known artists like PoetryEast.

An ambitious refurb has recently taken place at the venue’s café to relaunch it as the Mandala Café. The project has been led by a team from the centre including local Buddhist practitioner and professional chef Simon Williams with the café aiming to enlighten diners with simple, home-cooked vegan dishes that put vegetables on a pedestal. Born in Anglesey, Wales, but residing in London for the last two decades, Simon has over 25 years’ experience working in hospitality and is now a successful private chef.

He explains: “I have always loved making people happy through food – it’s why I’m a chef so the opportunity to help launch the Mandala Café was a privilege really. The seasonal menu is prepared and cooked fresh and it offers a small selection of simple, tasty vegan dishes to avoid swamping diners with too much choice.”

Roast Carrot, Radicchio and Walnut Salad Recipe

“Our roast carrot, radicchio and walnut salad is a great example of a flavourful and nutritious vegan dish you will find on our menu.”