Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Heartbreak in Vapiano’s Italian, Oxford Street

This weekend a friend of mine broke up with her boyfriend. She’s in that horrible, half-way to heartbreak stage where you’re not quite sure if it’s true, or permanent, and you don’t know whether to hate them or want them back. During that time I think there’s few things you need.

You need your girlfriends. You need hot baths and early nights (trust me, if it’s half past nine and you want to text – go to sleep. It can wait till the morning when your head is clearer). You need a night out with wine and cocktails (with your iphone safely tucked away in a friend’s bag), and you need friends who will take you home at midnight when you start crying. You need to go shopping. And you need carbs.

It was the latter two things that I took my friend for last night. Whenever someone is heartbroken I always think, if the Topshop on Oxford Street can’t fix it – what can? She bought the much needed dress and I bought slightly less needed jewellery. After some retail therapy, we headed to Vapiano’s for carbs and chats.

Vapiano’s is literally round the corner from Topshop – if you come out of the Miss Selfridge exit and keep walking down that street, you’ll get there. It’s a really cool place – always a bit busy and frantic, but that adds to it’s charm.

On entering, you’ll be given a card. Simply go up to one of the little kitchen stands – pasta, pizza, or salad – make your selection, and the chefs knock up your chosen dish in front of you!

It couldn’t get more fresh than that.

I usually like the tuna salad, but as I said, carb overloads were in order, so I went for the ‘pollo piccante’ – chicken with bell peppers, pak choi and orange-chilli sauce.

I mean, just look at it.

We had a side salad and bread, too, just to add to the carb overload.  They ring it all up on the card for you and you just pay on exit (and grab a gummy bear!)

It can be a bit of a squeeze finding somewhere to sit and it’s a Wagamama’s type situation where everyone piles onto benches with strangers. My advice is to head upstairs, where the bar is and it’s usually much quieter. We found seats easily and could talk and eat to our heart’s contents. It's very decently priced, which is hard to find in the area, and all the food is excellent. 

My advice on heartbreak – having been there, trust me – is that the best thing you can do in these times is look after yourself. Ignore the people who say ‘get over it’ or ‘move on’ – you can’t put yourself under any kind of pressure to do that. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other – it’s all you can do. And if anyone else is heartbroken and wants me to take them out for a carb fest – just let me know!



  1. You are a great friend that how you do it carb and shopping love the food choice it looks delicious and also like that you can choose what you want and chef prepare it fresh awesome. Hope your friend is doing better.

  2. This is the perfect steps to get over a broken heart! Food seems to solve everything and this food looks amazing too.


  3. Awwwh, it sounds like you're the PERFECT friend to run to when you've had a breakup or just a broken heart! I wish I had a friend like you :-) oh and how yummy does that pasta look? Mhhhm. ♥

    Sharlotte //

  4. the food looks amazing ! love the pictures :)
    I went here 3 years ago while i went on a little break to London and i loved it and the food and the atmosphere was truly amazing , i would definatly go back :)
    Melissa | theinkedblonde

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  6. I definitely could have done with that meal when I was dealing with my breakup! Some really good advice there. :)

  7. I think I've actually been to this chain before, in Budapest.

    I'm not a huge pasta person, but I remember them having very good salads.

    Nice pictures :)

  8. Some really good advice :) and the pictures look amazing
    definatly go back there. followed, follow me too :)

  9. Everything look delicious! I'll have to remember this place the next time I'm in London. I'm a big fan of Wagamama!

    Thank for your nice comment! It would be lovely to follow each other! I'm now following you on Bloglovin' Hope you'll do the same and stay in touch Cate :)

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  10. ooh the food looks amazing! great post :)

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  11. Vapiano's is amazing! I love it in there! I hope your friend is OK - break ups are never easy :( xx

    Sarah | Squares - Bookworm and Beauty Enthusiast

  12. Great post! Heartbreak is awful. :( it goes quite well with food though.


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