With the recent announcement from experts that eating processed and red meat is as bad for you as smoking, there’s never been a better time to ditch the carnivorous lifestyle….or at least cut down. Here is our guide to the best places to celebrate all things vegan throughout the whole of November as people all over the Earth celebrate World Vegan Month – you know never know you might go vegan full time.
What: 80% vegan restaurant goes the whole *hog*
Why: Now while Titbits already hosts a weekly vegan day every Tuesday, they will be adding another day on the 1st November to kick off World Vegan Month. From 11.30am vegans and vegan curious fellows will be able to chow down on everything put out on the food boat (their buffet style island in the middle of the restaurant) as it will be 100% vegan compared to 80% on regular days.
Where: 12-14 Heddon Street, London W1B 4DA
What: Hot dog experts
Why: Whilst traditional pork sausages take up the majority of the menu, hope is not lost for anti-meat eaters wanting to sink their teeth into a tempting hot dog with the Corn’n’Guac Tofu dog. The organic tofu sausage is topped with corn salsa, guacamole, shallots, radish and spicy mayo. Make it totally vegan by opting for the ‘Lettuce Dog’ in a non-bun lettuce wrap – fully customisable with build it yourself toppings.
Where: 48 Frith Street, London W1D 4SF
The Good Life Eatery
What: Health-focused vegetarian restaurant with vegan options
Why: Eating well is top priority at The Good Life Eatery with wholesome dishes for all types, no matter your eating requirements but we are only concerned with their vegan options, of which there are many. Available all day you can choose from dishes like Paleo chestnut and almond waffles with banana mash, blueberry chia jam, coconut yogurt and hazlenuts. Dinner will offer guests treats like Quinoa and Cauliflower Falafel, Vegan Walnut Mince and The Good Life Salad – kale, roasted sweet potato, quinoa, lentils, walnut, goji berries, nutritional yeast and orange tahini vinaigrette.
Where: 59 Sloane Avenue, London SW3 3DH
What: Japanese, vegan, and organic
Why: Boasting the title of first vegan Japanese restaurant in the whole of Europe is pretty bold but how many Japanese, vegan, and organic in one restaurants do you know? Well now you know one as Itadaki Zen offers a selection of tasty vegan food from a limited ingredient selection that has created a predominantly noodle/tofu/seaweed menu. Dishes on it include spring rolls, seasonal vegetables with marinated peanut dressing, and fried soy pulp (Okara).
Where: 139 King's Cross Road, London WC1X 9BJ
222 Veggie Vegan
What: Eco-conscious 100% vegan restaurant
Why: From morning till evening your dietary needs are catered to with only fresh natural ingredients and techniques used which preserve taste and nutritional value. Although the name says veggie, the food is purely vegan with dishes like bean and tofu pancakes, vegan roasts and stroganoff made with seitan. Satisfy sweet cravings with treats like chocolate gateau, vegan ice cream and tofu cheesecake.
Where: 222 North End Road, London W14 9NU
What: Raw food haven
Why: Whether you are a long time subscriber to the vegan lifestyle or just tentatively dipping your toes in, there’s always room to be inspired by new recipes. Raw food restaurant, Nama Foods, regularly hosts raw food courses at their London venue where guests can learn to make easy-to-prepare recipes for home cooking with options like ‘the secrets of fermented food’ and ‘raw chocolate workshop’. Besides from the main restaurant and courses, Nama Foods also offers cleanse programmes, catering and venue hire – what more could you want?
Where: 110 Talbot Road, London W11 1JR
What: Alcohol free raw bar
Why: Vegans are notoriously known for their healthy eating habits, so why not go the whole mile and drop alcohol from your intake too? Redemption Bar offers a range of mocktails like coco-tinis – coconut water and berry infused ‘ martinis’ shaken over ice with a squeeze of lime cherry, blueberry and cranberry. The food menu has dishes like sweet potato and rosemary hash, raw courgette spaghetti and maki rolls.
Where: 6 Chepstow Road, London W2 5BH