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Ital ‘N’ Vital
134 High Rd, Tottenham, London N15 6JN

Whilst there are places like the legendary Scandals in Northwest London known for their Ital soups, stews and drinks, very few Caribbean eateries in the U.K. place Rastafarian Ital cooking at the very core of their business. Ital ‘N’ Vital in Tottenham is one such place. 

Though there are sometimes specials on offer, Ital N Vital’s staples and crowd favourites are available everyday. Ital ackee with tofu, soya chunks and steam veg all make welcome and refreshing departures from the usual Caribbean favorites. In addition, Ital N Vital boasts a lengthy selection of fruit and vegetable juices, including rarely seen ones like june-plum and beetroot.

Owner and chef Ramses used every inch of the shop’s walls to promote veganism and healthy lifestyles; display monuments to Rastafari icons Haile Selassie and Marcus Garvey; and to celebrate African language and culture.

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