We're rounding up the hot boxes, salads and even the best vegan options from Leon.
Getting food can sometimes feel like choosing between two extremes. Do you eat clean and keep it healthy, or do you give in to something substantially more hearty? At City Pantry we say: not necessarily. The good food revolution should give you both. No ifs, no buts.
When there’s different appetites to feed and tastes to please, a Leon really comes into its own. As naturally nutritious fast food that does good and tastes good, it’s guaranteed to leave everyone satisfied. It goes to show how some great places are hiding in plain sight. Plus, order from City Pantry, and you’ll skip the lunch rush entirely.
The tastiest hot box from Leon
When you can’t tear yourself from your desk, you can’t really go wrong with any of Leon’s hot boxes. Leon update them with fresh seasonal ingredients, and while most may not notice, it’s one of those little touches that shows Leon care.
But for the best hot box from Leon? Try the Chargrilled Chicken Aioli. The chicken is tender and juicy. A bed of fluffy rice works great with the crunchy coleslaw. And it’s all covered in Leon’s infamous garlic aioli. The Chargrilled Chicken Aioli is a complete winner, and proof that Leon is less basic, more brilliant.
Leon know their way around a salad. They’ve even published a book full of their favourite recipes.
So while all of Leon’s salads tend to be a step up from the standard, it’s the Lebanese Mezze Salad that deserves top place on the podium. Between the falafel, harissa-roasted carrot and butternut squash, pomegranate-topped hummus and a lentil-kale salad with pickled onions, this is a salad straight from the masters.
Let’s be honest. Nothing from Leon is going to hurt us. Its whole menu is based on the goodness of the Mediterranean way of eating: fresh veg, herbs, good fats and well-sourced meat.
But for the straight-up healthiest thing from Leon, it has to be the New Original Salad. Crumbled cream cheese, avocado, broccoli, quinoa, toasted seeds and handfuls of fresh herbs. When Leon say they’ve been making vegetables taste good since 2004, this is the proof.
New Original Salad: Vegetarian | Gluten Free | 450 calories
The best vegan options from Leon
Vegan friends, Leon salutes you. More than a third of the Leon menu is vegan-ready, like the Leon Plant Burger and our outright favourite salad, the Lebanese Mezze.
That aside, we think you should give the Meatless Meatballs a go. With aubergine, black olive and rosemary meatballs in Leon’s tomato sauce, with toasted seeds, fresh herbs and vegan garlic aioli, it’s basically the future of food.
Leon pride themselves on a whole range of gluten-free options, which includes every one of their delicious hot boxes. But the ultimate test will always be the chicken nugget. And Leon have nailed it with their GFC.
Tender and juicy, these golden nuggets aren’t just the best gluten-free option at Leon. They might just be the best in London.