By Katie Wilson
When we first heard an Avocado Show was opening in the UK, we were skeptical it would be another gimmicky restaurant. But oh, were we wrong.
With 158,000 followers on Instagram, three restaurants in Amsterdam, one in Brussels, and another in Madrid, The Avocado Show already has a cult following.
Not only is all their food made from sustainable avocados (hence the name), they are known for creating some of the prettiest food we’ve ever seen on the internet.
And we’re happy to report that what you see on the ‘gram is just as good as in real life. Here’s what happened when we visited the UK’s first Avocado Show.
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Just a couple of minutes walk from Oxford Circus, The Avocado Show is centrally located, but away from the hustle and bustle of London in quiet Princes Street.
Look for the pink bench outside and spot the avocados in the window, and you’ll know you’re in the right place.
We were immediately greeted by the friendly staff who seated us at our table just across from the neon ‘Avocado Show’ sign. We didn’t take a selfie while we were there, but expect to see these popping up on your social media feeds soon.
Just like the restaurants in Europe, millennial pink dominates the decor. There is also a botanical wall and a cheeky sign that says ‘Holy Guacamole’ as you head to the loo.
You might think there is only so much you can do with an avocado, so get ready to be surprised if you visit, as there is rather a lot to choose from on the menu.
First up was a round of avocado cocktails, which sound like they shouldn’t be nice but work really well.
Try the signature Guaca Mary, their take on a Bloody Mary, but in our opinion way better – and it comes served with a nacho and a scoop of guacamole on top. Handy if you’re hungry.
Other favourites (we tried them all) include the Avo Rita, their version of a Margarita, the Avo Bellini and the Avo Daiquiri.
For something we bet you’ve not tried before (unless you’ve already visited an Avocado Show restaurant) order the Avo Fries, which are pieces of avocado coated in panko breadcrumbs and served with truffle mayo. Seriously yum.
If you’re booking a table for brunch you might want to go for the Mango Tango avo toast or ‘Saint’ and ‘Sinner’ pancake stacks; one is healthy, the other has crispy bacon.
You’ll also find nachos, tacos, salads and burgers, where the bun is made from avocado, on the menu.
We opted for one of the healthy poke bowls, which come beautifully presented in a ‘bowl’ made from thinly sliced avocado and are almost too pretty to eat.
Choose from the vegan Mama Mango, Salamango with sushi salmon, or the cajun chicken Truffle Deluxe.
We ended up being too full to try the desserts when asked if we’d like anything else by our brilliant waitress Kellene, but they looked incredible.
There is Very Berry Waffle, Peanut Butter Avo Ice Cream for the vegans and – what we would have ordered – the Oreo Cheesecake Heaven, described simply as ‘the world’s best cheesecake’.
Not having tried everything is no bad thing though. It means we’ve got a good excuse to go back.
Best for: Brunching, catching up with friends
The Avocado Show, at 6 Princes Street, Mayfair, is open 10am-6pm every day
Prices start at £6 for a starter or side and £9 for a main. Cocktails start from £9
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