One hosts ‘secret vegan supper clubs’, offering five-course tasting menu with paired wines
LONDON: There is an ever-growing number of eateries and vegan restaurants on offer in London – from sophisticated ethical to health-giving cuisine and tempting junk food. London is ranked as one of the most vegan-friendly destinations in Europe.
Wulf & Lamb, Sloane Square
“Run with the wolves, eat with the lambs” is the mantra of Wulf & Lamb. Its plant-based menu focuses on comfort food. Expect filling dishes, an open burrito with sautéed ackee, green coconut curry and the Wulf Burger. Sweet-toothed can choose from decadent desserts including Eton Mess or dairy-free mango and passionfruit cheesecake.
Address: 243 Pavilion Rd, Chelsea, London SW1X 0BP
One of the best-loved vegan-friendly spots in London is Mildreds. Originally established in Soho in 1988, the restaurant now boasts branches in Camden, King’s Cross and Dalston. Bright and stylish, the chain is known for its delicious warming dishes like smoked tofu, apple and white bean sausages and mash, and toffee apple crumble. Diners can also enjoy vegan cocktails such as gin-soaked cucumber smash, watermelon cooler and vegan beer.
Soho: 45 Lexington St, Soho, London W1F 9AN
Camden: 9 Jamestown Rd. London NW1 7BW
Dalston: 1 Dalston Square, London E8 3GU
King´s Cross: 200 Pentonville Rd, London N1 9JP
Manna, Primrose Hill
Located in leafy north-west London, Manna is one of the capital’s most popular vegan restaurants. With a menu displaying influences as far flung as India, Mexico and Japan, this elegant restaurant prides itself on using sustainable produce throughout the year. Diners can choose from seasonal specials including roasted root vegetable masala or buffalo cauliflower tostada, enjoy protein-rich Sunday roasts or splash out and savour the chef’s special five-course custom menu.
Address: 4 Erskine Rd, Primrose Hill, London NW3 3AJ
The Gate and secret supper
Celebrating 30 years of planet-based cuisine, The Gate serves up-market vegan and vegetarian food across four locations within the capital. In addition to the exciting a la carte menu which includes indulgent dishes such as aubergine teriyaki and wild mushroom risotto cake, The Gate also hosts monthly ‘secret vegan supper clubs’, offering a five-course tasting menu with paired wines.
Address: Marylebone, 22-24 Seymour Place, London, W1H 7NL
We are Vegan Everything
Lovers of the plant-based lifestyle can relax in the bohemian Bali-inspired space of We Are Vegan Everything (WAVE) in the heart of Hackney. Expect soya ‘freakshakes’, juice shots, superfood lattes and vegan cakes, as well as brownies and croissants. For savoury vegan treats there is a ‘small’ menu, featuring a classic toastie, mushroom sausage roll and vegan salmon and cream cheese.
The founder: “We want people to feel like they’re not missing out on anything. Prove that vegan food can taste better than non-vegan food, adding healthy twists on as many menu items as possible”.
Address: 11 Dispensary Ln, Hackney Central, London E8
Mix of Italy and Korea
Two places in London are serving the fusion of vegan food related to Italy and Korea; Vegan Yes Shoreditch in Brick Land and a tiny food stall at Nags Head, Holloway, North London. Vegan chef Mauro and his wife Min have created different variations. Kimchi yellow, kimchi red, kimchi green and Kimchi viola – different colours to stimulate the palate, body and mind in different ways and to make Kimchi exciting to eat lasagne, sausage and chocolate mochi.
Vegan Yes: 64 Brick Lane, London. Islington: 22 Seven Sisters Rd, London N7 6AG
Club Mexicana x 3
Club Mexicana has been throwing meat-free fiestas since 2013, serving up vegan tacos, burritos and burgers filled with the likes of jackfruit carnitas, beer-battered baja tofish and more. The Mexican street food favourite now has three semi-permanent locations across London – a stall in Shoreditch’s Dinerama, a mini restaurant at Seven Dials Market, and a kitchen residency at The Spread Eagle in Hackney, the city´s first vegan pub. clubmexicana.com
Fine dining at Gauthier Soho
Alexis Gauthier made history in 2015 when his Soho restaurant became the first Michelin-starred establishment in the UK to offer a vegan tasting menu. Following a health conscious epiphany from the French-born chef, Gauthier Soho been providing vegan fine dining ever since, and is gradually converting itself into an all-vegan restaurant. For £120, diners can enjoy a full eight courses with wine pairings, with seasonally changing dishes including a jar of “Faux Gras” with toasted sourdough, rainbow Swiss chard parcels swimming in a chestnut velouté and a dessert of apple and dill delice with cinnamon sorbet.
Address: 21 Romilly Street, W1D 5AF. gauthiersoho.co.uk
Soft serve hotspot Yorica hasn’t just kicked out the eggs and dairy, but many more troublesome ingredients too. Not only is the Soho ice cream shop vegan, but it’s also free from nuts, gluten and all the 14 major allergens – making it a sweet treat that can be enjoyed by pretty much anyone. Dishes on the dessert shops menu include four flavours of soft serve, rice milk shakes finished with dairy-free whipped cream, as well as waffles and crepes to top when visiting Vegan Restaurants in London.
Address: 130 Wardour Street, W1F 8ZN
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