Food Travel > Cool Restaurant > Dining out for the calorie counters Date posted: January 26, 2013

Dining out for the calorie counters

Dining out for the calorie counters

Enjoy a night out on the town even if you’re on a diet with these low calorie restaurants and bars.

January is typically a lean month, and for many of us it protracts into February, March, and then its pre summer bikini body diets. Are we to give up on the pleasures of a good old cocktail and a meal in a restaurant forever? Swide has selected a some low calorie restaurants so that you can slim down without shutting yourself away from society.



Fashionable bistro Cassis has launched a trim menu for the New Year. Chef  Massimiliano Blasone has collaborated with fitness expert Matt Roberts (personal trained to Tom Ford) on a selection of body beautiful main courses with less than 400 calories and two-course combinations that never exceed 650. The bistro’s well loved Provençal dishes are no less tasty, just less fattening.

 Cassis, 232-236 Brompton Road, London SW3

Min Jiang


Award winning luxury Chinese retaurant Ching Ming is taking care of our waistlines. Chef Ben Sing Kiew, ex Hakkasan, has devised a low calorie menu based on steamed dim sum platter, steamed sea bass with ginger and spring onion, stir-fried seasonal vegetables and steamed rice and Lion’s Peak Dragon Well tea – one of China’s best-loved green teas – which is packed with antioxidants.

Min Jiang, Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, London W8

Harvey Nichols London 5th Floor Champagne Bar


Inspired by Emile Gallé’s iconic 1902 anemone design for the Cuvée Belle Époque Champagne bottle, this cosy champagne bar just above the Central London shopping district is a real gem. The champagne list is of course well stock of unique vintages, and the cocktail list includes skinny options such as Grapefruit Martini and a Skinny Margarita.

 Harvey Nichols, 109 – 125 Knightsbridge London SW1

Rouge Tomate


Michelin starred Modern American chefs Jeremy Bearman and James Distefano’s whole menu is based on a charter called SPE®, which stands for Sanitas Per Escam (Health Through Food). The mantra relies upon, Sourcing (selecting seasonal and local ingredients), Preparation, (cooking with techniques which maintain nutritional value of ingredients) and Enhancement (optimizing nutritional value though synergy with other ingredients). 

 Rouge Tomate, 10 East 60th Street, NY, NY, 10022

Koi Bryant Bark


Japanese food is already known for its low calorie content (unless you splurge on rice and sauces), but Midtown Japanese restaurant Koi has gone a step further. Everything on its Skinny menu is less than 300 calories. That includes hand-rolled chicken, steamed Chilean sea bass, and even alcoholic drinks like their signature gin cocktail, the Lemon Crisp.

Koi, 40 W 40th St, New York, 10018,


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