Tucked away in fashionable Heddon Street, just off Regent Street and south of Hamleys toy store is Tibits, a Swiss-run deli-cafe style restaurant. And it just happens to serve some of the best – and healthiest – veggie food in London.

It’s easy to knock vegetarian restaurants, especially if you’re a meat eater.  Bland tofu and bean sprouts, dull lentils, too much green on one plate…and where’s the protein?

Forget those – this is Tibits.  How about creative rainbow salads, beautifully dressed? Too many to list here but even the simplest  butternut squash salad with toasted sesame seeds in a white balsamic vinaigrette was fantastic.  Alongside spectacular salads were contemporary Indian, Asian and Mediterranean-style appetisers and creative combos of lentils, beans and greens. Up to 40 salads in all are on offer daily – just fill your plate, then weigh-and-pay (not a concept the British are used to).

Tibits is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner so you can linger over an almond croissant and a creamy cappuccino or meet for cocktails and hot food after work;  they also do take out.  I stopped by for lunch before Christmas with a friend to celebrate her birthday and arrived early as we hadn’t seen each other for ages.  Soon, an eclectic crowd including some obvious regulars were popping in and by the time lunch hour was in full swing the place was filling up.

The food is super fresh and changes with the seasons.  Tibits is the closest thing to the Californian deli-cafe concept I’ve come across in London, all done in perfect Swiss style.  Gordon Ramsay, Leona Lewis, Alan Davies, Gail Porter and other celebs have been spotted here and both Sy and I will be heading back next time we’re anywhere near Regent Street.