For those tackling Veganuary, we’ve rounded up eight of our favourite vegan restaurants bringing their signature dishes to your doors and eight non-vegan restaurants who have pimped up their vegan section for Veganuary so you can really eek out the best of London’s lively food scene while stuck indoors.
From veganised versions of British classics to mid-week cheat meals, healthy grain bowls to towering pancake stacks, here’s what to order in this week.
One plant-based resto we are fully obsessed with is Notting Hill favourite, Farmacy. On a mission to create dishes that “have the power to restore, rebalance and heal”, Farmacy is the perfect option if you’ve grown tired of cooking but still want a healthy lunch or dinner option.
Their truffled mac n ‘cheese’ is a must-try if you’re looking for a delicious alternative to the real deal. And, no order is complete without adding their popcorn and coffee vegan cheesecake to your basket. It’s a great mid-week sweet treat.
Diane Thomas and Jane Muir have been on a plant-based mission since 1988, when their first outpost opened up. Over thirty years later and Mildreds has become a renowned vegan establishment, helping to prove veganism isn’t just a ‘fad’. Right now, their Kings Cross and Dalston outposts are delivering to your doorstep so you can enjoy their hearty hot favourites and ready meals from the comfort of your kitchen. If you’re after a mid-week tipple too, opt for one of their homemade negronis or fig Manhattans.
One of our favourite east London haunts is Mao Chow, the vegan restaurant known for bringing us authentic Chinese flavours in the form of spicy sesame noodles, oyster mushroom bao and cabbage and ginger dumplings. The menu may be short and simple, but every bite packs a punch on the flavour front. If you’re a Hackney dweller, we’d seriously recommend getting your hands on their vegan bites.
When news broke that What The Pitta! Won the award of ‘Best Takeaway in London’ at the British Kebab Awards 2020, it was a huge win for vegans and kebab lovers across the UK. Every döner is jam-packed with spiced soya pieces, mixed salad, tzatziki, homemade hummus and chilli sauce stuffed inside a freshly made wrap. One bite of their devilish wraps will cure any Zoom hangover you’ve got lingering from the night before.
Neat Burger is the brainchild of Formula One champion and vegan pioneer, Lewis Hamilton and since opening last year has soared in its delivery. Right now you can order their guilt-free burgers, tater tots and creamy shakes to your door. We’d highly recommend making the burgers cheesy, or even doubling up if you’re looking to feast out.
Neat Burger also works in association with Beyond Meat and The Eden Projects, and for every product sold, a tree is planted. So you’re doing your bit for the environment all the while eating a delicious burger and fries.
Those looking to curb their fast-food cravings should make their way over to by CHLOE for the ultimate plant-based recreations.
Those looking to curb their fast-food cravings should make their way over to by CHLOE for the ultimate plant-based recreations. Indulge in this as a mid-week treat or splurge your weekend cheat meal with one of their tasty burgers.
Menu highlights include their pesto meatball sandwich slathered with marinara sauce; the guac burger made from black bean, quinoa and sweet potato stuffed in a bun and topped with endless corn salsa; and their mac n cheese, made using sweet potato and cashew and topped with shiitake bacon nibs.
Picky Wops don’t do pizza by halves. Plant-based lovers can enjoy every topping under the sun when you order through them, from BBQ ‘chicken’ to aubergine parmigiana. You’ll want to order in the masses because every single dish is as good as the next. And, they sell the best dough balls and garlic butter in London.
Right now is an incredibly tricky time for the hospitality scene but one delivery service that’s raised its game is Hungry Beast. These guys opened up shop in the middle of Lockdown 1.0. and have been bringing hungry Londoners tasty South Asian dishes to enjoy during this crazy time. The menu is hugely extensive and you’ll spend hours just trying to choose, but the execution is oh, so worth it!
Restaurants serving Veganuary options
While the restaurant stays closed for now, No Fifty Cheyne’s famous grill is still firing away helping to keep the spirit alive. To celebrate Veganuary, the talented Executive Chef Iain Smith has created a special vegan grill menu, boasting four vegetable dishes you’ll want to try.
Choose from the likes of Grilled Butternut Squash with Maple Syrup and Vinegar Dressing; Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Garlic and Tuscan Olive Oil; Grilled Half Cauliflower with Gremolata Dressing; and Grilled Mixed Beetroots with Sweet and Sour Dressing. Each dish really champions the best of winter veggies and comes with a side of homemade cumin and chickpea hummus and salsa verde.
Nobu London Old Park Lane is fine dining at its finest. For the ultimate at-home feast, Nobu London’s Vegetarian Omakase Menu is entirely vegan – just skip adding the parmesan that comes on the side.
You’ll be tucking into the likes of Courgette Tataki with Onion Ponzu; Baby Spinach Salad Dry Miso; Tofu Steak with Anticucho or Teriyaki Sauce; and delicious Vegan Chocolate and Coconut Lollipops to finished to cleanse your palette. Yum.
Just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss out on some of London’s finest culinary adventures. Mayfair’s glistening Park Chinois has a selection of beautiful vegan and veggies dishes for all to enjoy, all of which really champion the power of plants.
There are seventeen vibrant vegan dishes packed with bold flavours, including the Mock Chicken, Crispy Soya & Chilli; Pan-Fried Black Truffle Bao with Wild Cep and Eryngii Mushrooms; Szechuan Vegetable Dumplings, Shiitake Mushrooms & Pickled Chinese Vegetables; and Braised Satay Tofu, Chickpea, Tamarind and Peanut Sauce.
Who said you couldn’t enjoy fresh pasta and pizza just because you’re trying out Veganuary? Mayfair’s Bocconcino has crafted a new vegan menu that champions the best of the Italian culture, without sacrificing on flavour.
Hero dishes include Orecchiette Pesto and Broccoli Pasta with Vegan Pesto, Romanesco Broccoli, Cauliflower and Pine Nuts; Pizza Vegana with Tomato, Courgette, Pepper and Rocket; and Chocolate and Strawberry Cake with Choco Cream and Fresh Strawberries.
Available for click & collect and delivery, you can enjoy authentic Japanese food and cocktails at the touch of a button.
Available from their Arches Lane, Battersea Power Station branch, this Veganuary enjoy Tonkotsu’s star dishes. A personal favourite of ours being the warming Soya Tantanmen, a kombu and shiitake broth with a spicy sesame base loaded with homemade noodles, soya mince, bok choy and kikurage.
Right now you can order two ramen’s, two sides and two drinks for only £35.
For a slice of spice, try Cinnamon Kitchen’s tempting vegan offerings. The modern pan-Indian restaurant owned by renowned chef Vivek Singh has several dishes for plant-based lovers. Choose from dishes such as Punjabi Samosa with Tamarind and Coriander Chutney and the Punjabi Cauliflower and Potato Curry.
Get your ramen fix with ease courtesy of Japan Centre’s DIY Shoryu Kit. While the Shoryu restaurant stays closed for now, you can enjoy the authentic flavours at home vegan style thanks to the Shoryu White Natural Ramen kit. It’s packed with everything you need for two warming bowls of ramen, including Atsuage fried tofu, ramen noodles, white natural soy milk soup stock and kikurage mushrooms.
To satisfy your fried chicken cravings WingShack Co is now delivering its much-loved vegan favourites across London, including the plant-based Jackfruit Smokey BBQ Burger that’s packed with a crispy fried jackfruit patty, fresh lettuce, bbq sauce, ‘facon’ jam, cheese, crispy fried onions and pickled cucumbers served in a brioche bun.
They’ve also got some tempting vegan wings, made from crispy fried jackfruit served with a choice of four sauces too. Yum. It’s junk food made the right way.