A Healthy Lunch at Benugo in John Lewis, Cardiff

This January I made the conscious decision to eat healthier, to eat a vegan diet as much as possible and cut right down on the sugar and processed foods. It’s been going really well, but the one thing I have struggled with is eating out.

Last week I was invited to try out the new cafe Benugo in John Lewis in Cardiff. I was promised a feast of healthy food and I wasn’t disappointed. I might have mentioned before just how much I love John Lewis in the St David’s Centre before. It has parking downstairs so it is easy to drive there, park up and wander around. It’s in the middle of Cardiff too if you were getting there via public transport. It has pretty much everything I need so when I pop into Cardiff I don’t need to venture too far. It also has great facilities for babies and children which is really important to me!

Benugo is situated on the first floor of John Lewis and is a lovely bright cafe. It has high chairs and the staff are really helpful so it’s a nice place to take children.

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All of this is great, but the real highlight of Benugo is the food. Their menu is a seasonal one which means it is continually evolving. January saw them focus on providing a healthy twist to traditional favourites, such as coconut milk and cacao nibs with porridge.

They have a great range of sandwiches and salads which I got to try and they were all absolutely delicious. Fresh ingredients and great flavour combinations made for a truly delicious lunch. A highlight for me was the Middle Eastern Meze Wrap – a spinach wrap with hummus, tzatziki, falafel, peppers, feta and rocket. It was a mix of flavours that worked so well, was tasty and filling and felt like a bit of a treat to eat, even though it is really healthy.

Another favourite of mine was the Genovese Pesto Pasta. Not only does this salad look simply gorgeous, it’s full of extra protein in the form of edamame beans, flavoured with green pesto, olives and slow roast tomatoes.

Of course, no lunch is complete without a coffee and their latte’s were divine. They will make them with soy milk if you are cutting down on your dairy consumption. They also have a selection of naughty and not so naughty sweet treats, if you are feeling so inclined after your meal, or you are just looking to stop for a coffee and a cake.

Tea lovers, don’t worry, you are definitely not missing out here. Benugo has a great selection of loose leaf teas from different parts of the world and are very proud of the quality of their cups of tea!

So if you are heading into Cardiff anytime soon, definitely head over to Benugo and  check out their delicious food. You won’t regret it!

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Disclosure – I was invited for lunch at Benugo for the purpose of this post. All opinions are honest and my own.

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29 Comments

  1. January 30, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    The Genovese pesto pasta looks and sounds so wonderful as does the Middle Eastern Meze wrap. Benugo sounds like a wonderful place to have a healthy and delicious meal.

  2. January 30, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    Mmm yum the food was so tatsy. I will definitely be returning next time I’m in Cardiff.

  3. Healthy & Psyched
    January 30, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    Yummy. It’s always nice to have more than one vegan option when eating out!

  4. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    January 30, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    Those wraps look so good. I am obsessed with any kind of middle eastern food.

  5. Lynne Harper
    January 30, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    If i could eat Pesto pasta everyday I would yum, this restaurant looks fantastic and Im so glad it caters for you well 🙂 x

  6. January 30, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    This looks like a lovely spread of delicious food, will need to drop in there next time I am in cardiff.

  7. January 30, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    I think they have one in London somewhere . If so I really want that pesto pasta because it looks so dreamy mmm xx

  8. January 30, 2017 / 10:05 pm

    That meze wrap looks delicious! Our John Lewis only has a cake shop with a few standard sandwiches…

  9. hannah
    January 30, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    This looks great. The pasta looks interesting, not sure about the pesto. Pesto isn’t usually vegan, it’s not even vegetarian either x

    • January 31, 2017 / 10:47 am

      Yes, it depends how it is made. At home I make it without cheese so it’s vegan.

  10. January 31, 2017 / 9:34 am

    Sounds like a great healthy lunch spot! I wish my local John Lewis had a Benugo x

  11. January 31, 2017 / 9:39 am

    The spinach wraps look really tasty, I’d love to eat here. I wonder if the London John Lewis’ have these there x

  12. January 31, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    It looks like they have a nice range of healthy food there. I love the look of the wrap and the salad, yum!

  13. January 31, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    I have never tried Benugo before but I will have to give it a go as that Genovese Pasta looks so yummy! x

  14. January 31, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    What a wonderful, healthy lunch. It looks so colourful too. Love the sound of the pesto pasta!

  15. January 31, 2017 / 10:58 pm

    I must check out the restaurants in the John Lewis next to me. The food at Benugo looks absolutely delicious xxx

  16. Jemma
    February 1, 2017 / 8:54 am

    This looks lovely and the food looks super tasty.

  17. February 1, 2017 / 11:21 am

    Everything looks so tasty it is making me hungry. I’ll have to check if the John Lewis in Exeter has a Benugo.

  18. February 1, 2017 / 11:39 am

    These look amazing, I am going to have to pop into my local John Lewis to see if they have a Benugo x

  19. February 1, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    Looks like a very nice healthy choice restaurant, the pasta looks amazing!
    must visit a Benugo one day

  20. February 1, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    I haven’t been to my John Lewis cafe for a while but now that you have done this review it makes want to go try it out

  21. February 1, 2017 / 11:51 pm

    This sounds like the perfect place to go, I love how they accommodate for those wanting to cut down. I’ve been trying to eat a lot healthier this year, slowly getting there!

  22. February 2, 2017 / 1:05 am

    Ohhh food looks so good!! I am craving pasta so so bad! L x

  23. Kristina
    February 3, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    The food and the location look so good! I just ate but I would head here straight away haha

  24. February 6, 2017 / 3:57 am

    I need a place clloser to my job that makes delicious yummy dishes like this.

  25. October 28, 2017 / 7:29 am

    I’m a big pasta lover and that pasta looks delicious! And reading your post just reminds me that I should cut down the junk food and start eating healthier haha

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