If the thought of a diet of rabbit food and vegetables makes you feel that Veganuary is insurmountable, then think again. Here’s a selection of restaurants where you can expect only the best vegan food, guaranteed to be tasty and certified by the people over at French tyre manufacturer Michelin. And if they can specialise in vulcanised rubber AND rating fine dining establishments, then surely these chefs can turn their skills from meat to veg?
There are three Michelin stars on the small island of Jersey, and Shaun Rankin has two of them for Ormer in St Hellier (go there, if you can, you genuinely won’t be disappointed). But if you can’t make it to the tax efficient island then head to Mayfair’s Ormer, the restaurant’s outpost in London where the menu caters for veggie and vegans alike, with a dedicated menus serving dishes like quinoa salad with Granny Smith, broccoli and peanuts of charred broccoli with Asian pear, cucumber sorbet and buckwheat. The chilled hibiscus soup, berries and basil sorbet sounds as good as the coconut parfait with mango sorbet. Or just wait until after Veganuary and go for some of the best crab and lobster you’ll enjoy anywhere.
Where: 7-12 Half Moon Street, Mayfair, W1J 7BH
If you thought that Scandinavian cooking was all about meatballs and rotting herring, then let Icelandic chef Aggi Sverrisson set you straight. The Michelin-starred restaurant on Marylebone’s Portman Square will celebrate Veganuary with a plant-based dining menu with both à la carte and tasting menu options.
Where: 34 Portman Street Marylebone, W1H 7BY
Alyn Williams runs one of London’s best kitchens at The Westbury and his meals are always a treat. Genuinely, I can’t recommend enough! And Williams has turned his wizarding skills to Veganuary this month, which means he’ll be serving up a great selection of winter fruits and vegetables available. The Veganuary menu begins with an earthy beetroot tartare with radish, followed by roasted cauliflower steak and seaweed. After Hen of the Woods with a mushroom broth, move onto celeriac pasta with black truffle and roasted kohlrabi, hispi roll and a lemongrass velouté. Pudding is equally mouth-watering, with blood orange with jam and jelly and a combo of rhubarb and custard with marjoram.
Where: Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2YF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Oxford Circus (0.4 miles)
Jason Atherton’s flagship restaurant, his Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social, has a whole range of Veganuary dishes, not limited to their green bean, truffle & hazelnut salad, a taste of woodland mushroom rice, braised white kombu and scallions and also including salted baked beetroot tartare with apple, sourdough croutons and a herb salad. Get the true Michelin experience, while remaining firmly vegan.
Where: 8-10 Pollen Street, Mayfair, W1S 1NQ
Over to Theo Randall at the InterContinental where the Michelin-starred chef has been working up an Italian take on Veganuary. The rustic dishes are varied in all but their use of vegan ingredients, with the menu including antipasto di verdure, risotto di zucchini e pomodoro, Polenta grigliata and pear sorbet. In an effort to cater to all the fads, he’s even gone and included one or more gluten-free options per course, which is relatively unusual for veggie and vegan foods.
Where: InterContinental London Park Lane, One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, W1J 7QY