atis City Road: restaurant and salad bar with ‘plant-forward but flexible lifestyle’ now open

PUBLISHED: 12:30 10 October 2019 | UPDATED: 14:23 10 October 2019

The Dahl-ing bowl at atis, on City Road. Picture: atis.

The Dahl-ing bowl at atis, on City Road. Picture: atis.


Superb news if you work near Old Street, or if you just like good food and artisanal coffee in general.

atis is now open close to Old Street station. Picture: atis.atis is now open close to Old Street station. Picture: atis.

Found at 145 City Road, atis is the area's new all-day eatery where you can get your fix of made-to-order salads, warm bowls, coffees, alcohol-free beers and cold-pressed juices. Created by husband-and-wife team Phil Honer and Eleanor Warder, a "plant-forward but flexible lifestyle" is central to atis, which means you'll find vegan, vegetarian and meat-based options available.

atis announced their arrival by dishing out 100 salad bowls for a quid this week (between 12pm and 3pm, ends Friday Oct 11) and now they're in full flow serving breakfast on-the-go, salads in your lunch break and hearty dishes at dinner-time. There's also an in-house barista specialist, and his name is Maurizio.

Eleanor, a former sommelier at Holborn's Noble Rot, says: "We have strived to create a modern and stylish space where people can come for a break outside of their working day and know that they can get a bowl of food that will be full of flavour, healthy and nutritious.

"The idea came from wanting to fill a need for a grab-and-go in London where the food, the space and the experience are all in line with each other - premium, modern and refreshing."

Healthy dishes like the Mushroom ragu are also on the menu. Picture: atis.Healthy dishes like the Mushroom ragu are also on the menu. Picture: atis.

atis opens from 7.30am every weekday (and 8.30am on Saturday) with sample dishes including Avo smash on sourdough bread, tamari seeds and coriander; Mushrooms on sourdough toast, parsley yoghurt, a sprinkling of dukkah; and seasonal Kale Ploughman's.

Their Dahl-ing bowl, meanwhile, features a tasty-sounding and health-conscious blend of lentils, spinach, cherry tomatoes, pickled red onion and some other tasty greens topped with a mint and curry yoghurt dressing.

To drink, aside from the booze-free beer and fresh juices, atis also promise a choice of "specialist drinks, including Kombucha on tap" for those who need perking up after a dreary day at their desk.

atis, Unit 3, The Atlas Building, 145 City Road, EC1V 1AZ. Follow their Instagram here.

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