So you’ve tried every new type of food you can to quench your ever inquisitive appetite for the new and exciting, from the finest Mayfair eateries to the pop-ups of Shoreditch, and you’re wondering what else is out there? Well maybe you’ve been missing an obvious hive of new flavours in the form of vegetarian restaurants. Before you start getting trauma flashbacks from being forced to eat your greens as a child we challenge you to walk in to any of the following restaurants and not walk out thinking that our herbivore amigos may be on to something.
What: Good for Your Insides
Why: A favourite vegan restaurant of ours and absolute must for anyone with any kind of allergy; these people cater to any possible dietary requirement you can think of. That’s by no means saying that they compromise on flavour as it’s the very opposite. The dishes here are lovingly created and you can choose from a buffet where they have weigh and pay system, the more food you pile on the more you pay, or you can order directly from the menu which has extensive choices like exotic sprouted chickpea coconut curry and mango cheesecake. Formerly Vantra Vitao the restaurant has divided itself so now Vantra is at the original Tottenham Court Road location and Vitao on Oxford Street is their new market garden store.
Where: 79a Tottenham Court Road, W1T 4TD
Vineet Bhatia London
What: Culinary Exploration of India
Why: Vineet Bhatia London is the first Indian restaurant to eschew the traditional A la Carte offering, serving only their signature 11 course Experience Menu which also comes as a meat option. Traditional Indian flavours are blended with European ingredients to create unique dishes from Vineet’s imagination. It’s a totally stimulating experience where traditional flavours are turned on their head to reflect Vineet’s global travels which have been incorporated into the menu. This is like no Indian restaurant you’ve ever been to before with savoury quinoa magnum lollies and a chocolate bird’s nest.
Where: 10 Lincoln Street, Chelsea, SW3 2TS
Eneko at One Aldwych
What: Vegetarian Set Menu
Why: The food at Eneko at One Aldwych is innovative and exciting, especially for vegetarians; and thankfully, not a mushroom risotto or gnocchi dish in sight. Three Michelin-starred chef Eneko Atxa’s Basque roots can be seen across the menu with the likes of the traditional talo; a crispy corn talo topped with heritage tomatoes and basil emulsion. Easily the most interesting thing on the menu is cauliflower served four ways including cauliflower caviar topped with a cheese yolk which is the size and texture of an egg yolk and when eaten whole pops in your mouth to release the creamy melted cheese – all cheese lovers need to experience this magic.
Where: One Aldwych, Strand, WC2B 4BZ
What: Prepare to Queue
Why: Mildreds offers internationally inspired vegetarian food so you can expect exotic dishes like vegan gyoza dumplings and Sri Lankan sweet potato and cashew nut curry. Mildreds is also a bit different to other vegetarian restaurants due to the fact that they have a cocktail menu, which includes one of our favourites, the Porn Star martini.
Where: Various Across London: Soho, Camden, King's Cross
What: Chic Vegetarian Dining
Why: Opening back in 1989, The Gate restaurants are run by Adrian and Michael Daniel who have created an interesting and varied menu with dishes wild mushroom risotto cake and aubergine schnitzel. Caesar salads are nowhere to be seen, instead expect options like green dragon – glazed smoked tofu, avocado, sweet potato, red cabbage, pak choi, daikon, heritage carrot, peppers with a teriyaki and sesame dressing, and for pudding you can’t go wrong with sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel ice cream.
Where: Various Across London: Hammersmith, Marylebone and Islington
La Suite West Hotel
What: Creative Vegan Dining
Why: The uber modern La Suite West Hotel is the proud owner of a raw vegan restaurant which serves dishes like spiralized courgette pasta with red pepper sauce, cashew nut cheese and summer herb pesto, tofush (fish imitation tofu dish) and lemon and lychee cheesecake. There is a no alcohol policy at La Suite West but they offer a whole host of mocktails, non-alcoholic beers, raw juices, smoothies and other beverages sure to tickle your fancy.
Where: La Suite West Hyde Park, 41-51 Inverness Terrace, Bayswater, W2 3JN
What: Michelin Recommended Restaurant
Why: A Michelin recommended restaurant was opened with the ethos of creating meat free cuisine that excited consumers and challenged the bland misconceptions of vegetarian cooking. With dishes like yellow pea soup and Marmite dumplings, and daring desserts like brie ice cream and poached blackberries, we think they’re onto a winner.
Where: 17-18 Took's Court, London, EC4A 1LB
Wild Food Cafe
What: Covent Garden Gem
Why: Here food isn’t just something we munch down in a hurry to keep our tummies from rumbling during important meetings but a nourishing source and even a medicine. A speciality to keep an eye out for is Living Hummus which is the new craze of healthy eating where food has living shoots in it, don’t be scared off, this tastes much better than it sounds! A must have from the dessert section is the raw chocolate and berry tart served on a crust of organic almonds, figs, dates and coconut chips.
Where: 1st Floor, 14 Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, WC2H 9DP
What: Pay As You Weigh
Why: Officially voted The Best Vegetarian Restaurant in prestigious Cook Vegetarian awards, tibits originated in Switzerland but has expanded to include 2 restaurants in England including the newly opened Bankside location. They serve predominantly vegetarian food in a buffet style as well as vegan only dishes on selective days. They serve meals like veggie hand pies with red pepper sauce and aubergine cordon bleu. The food here is also charged on pay by weight method.
Where: 12-14 Heddon Street, W1B 4DA & 124 Southwark Street, SE1