Some of my favourite vegan-friendly finds.
I’m adding as I try new places and visit new cities so keep popping back to see what’s new!
The Gate, 370 St John Street, EC1V 4NN – Totally tasty food and perfect for special occasions, The Gate in Islington is possibly my new favourite vegetarian restaurant in London. The food has Italian and French influences, but also includes Indian and South American inspired dishes. Dishes are beautifully presented while also being heartily filling. The setting is lovely too, perfect for a date night or special supper with family and friends. I’ve not yet been for brunch, but their vegan truffled eggs with Portobello mushrooms on sour dough toast might have me making a morning visit sometime soon!
Ganapati South Indian Kitchen, 38 Holly Grove, SE15 5DF – If you are south of the river you would be a fool to miss out on Ganapati’s delicious curries, dosas and thalis, as well as their more-ish chutneys and pickles. With vegan, vegetarian and even meat options for your carnivorous pals it’s too tasty not to drop by. They also do a take-away, a dangerous discovery!
Rasa N16, 55 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 OAR – Also offering Sough Indian cuisine, Rasa N16 is my favourite Indian restaurant in London. The food is mouth-wateringly good, and the menu includes plantain with a peanut and ginger sauce, or black bean cakes served with a coconut chutney for starters and aubergine and coconut curry or vegetable dosa as a main. The prices are rock-bottom too, so you can over-indulge without stretching your purse strings too much!
Bonnington Cafe, 11 Vauxhall Grove, SW8 1TD – Don’t be fooled by the website, this super cosy cafe is a veggie collective serving the most delicious dishes. You need to book in advance by emailing the chef for the relevant night and Thursday is vegan night. It’s BYO on drinks and meals, despite being hearty and really tasty, come in at less than £15 for three courses. Delish!
Tibits, 12-14 Heddon Street, off Regent Street, W1B 4DA – Regular readers will know that this is a firm favourite of mine. It was actually my carnivorous parents who discovered and loved it despite the lack of meat on the menu. There is a buffet which changes regularly, with hot and cold options, savoury and sweet. There are lots of delicious dishes as well as an array of toppings and condiments. You pay by the weight of your plate and bread comes free. There are also lots of delicious smoothies, juices, veggie friendly organic beers and wines.
Wild Food Cafe, 14 Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, WC2H 9DP – I know it’s crazy pricey, but the Wild Food Cafe is one of my favourite treat places. The food is so flavourful and there is lots to choose from. The only downside, after the cost, is that the service, while super friendly, is a bit glacial; it’s fine if you are happy for a long, lingering lunch, but definitely not a place to pop into in a hurry.
Senzala, Brixton Village Market, 41-42 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PS – If you want to take a vegan on a date, go here! The crepes are so good and there is a whole vegan section to choose from (as well as meaty options for the non-vegans amongst you), all of which you can wash down with red wine from a Brixton hipster-style beaker. It’s super cool, super friendly and a great location for a post-movie meal as it’s a stones throw from the Ritzy.
Negril, 132 Brixton Hill, Brixton SW2 1RS – It’s just so delicious! Another BYO, but with a great juice selection and with meat and vegan options, it’s a great place to go with friends to share big platters. Make sure you have the plantain!
Mildred’s, 45 Lexington Street, Soho, W1F 9AN – The first vegetarian restaurant I ever visited, Mildred’s in an old favourite. The food is tasty but the menu doesn’t change as often as it might and it is always jam packed (although I guess that’s Soho). Still it’s definitely worth a visit and you can always get a drink at the bar while you wait for a table.
222, 222 North End Road, West Kensington, W14 9NU – R took me here on our second date and it was perfect. It’s quite small, so make sure you book and you don’t mind being up close and personal with your fellow diners, but the food is definitely worth it and they do delicious puddings perfect to share!
Manna – 4 Erskine Road, Primrose Hill, NW3 3A – One of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in London, Manna is one of my favourites. In beautiful surroundings and with a menu that will leave you in choice paralysis it is definitely worth a trip for a special occasion.
The Gallery Cafe – St. Margarets House Settlement, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PL – This is a favourite haunt for me and my polo pals. Only a stones throw from Spa London, Bethnal Green, and with the most delicious wraps, salads and vegan cakes, it is the perfect place for a pre or post spa lunchtime treat!
David Bann – 56-58 St Mary’s Street, Edinburgh – Whenever I’m working in Edinburgh David Bann is on my list of must-visit supper venues. The food is delicious – the chilli pancake with grilled sweet potato, courgette and chocolate sauce are a particular personal favourite. It’s a good place to go if you’re dining alone if you are away on business, as the staff are super friendly and will let you sit with you meal and book in a cost candle-lit corner and chomp your way through the menu!
The Edinburgh Larder – 15 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NB – I love the Edinburgh Larder Cafe! It’s the perfect breakfast or brunch location and they do a mean soya porridge with all of the toppings. It’s a great place to go to set yourself up for a day of meetings, or to revive after a run up Arthur’s Seat!
Peacefood Cafe – 460 Amsterdam and 82nd Street – with a deliciously overwhelming menu of raw food, salads, sandwiches, mock-meat dishes, soups and sushi, as well as a multitude of juices, smoothies, cakes and pastries this was a dream discovery in NY.
Absolute Bagels – 2788 Broadway and 107th Street – In NY I discovered my downfall in the form of bagels with tofutti. With toppings from raisin and walnut – perfect with coffee for an alfresco breakfast by the river – to roasted vegetable and sun dried tomato – a quick and tasty supper snack – I became a total bagel addict thanks to this unassuming little cafe.
Grand Central Station – the food hall has lots of options for meaties and veggies alike. Here I indulged in a mixed vegetable and hummus pitta from Eata Pitta, which was so big it lasted me for two meals!
Court Square Diner – 45 – 30 23rd Street Long Island City, NY 11101 – in Queens I managed to find an all-American diner that served vegan friendly food and enjoyed vegetable wrap (minus the cheese) with some rather decadent sweet potato fries.
The Bean – this chain of coffee shops offers the most delicious shakes and coffees. I went to the one in Williamsburg and enjoyed an espresso, almond butter, banana, cinnamon and oat milk shake, which was pretty much a meal in itself.
The Rum House – Hôtel Edison, 228 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036 – if you’re just looking for a cocktail, I’d recommend The Rum House, just off Time Square. Here a sampled my first Rum Old Fashioned (El Dorado 15 yr, orange, brandied cherry and angostura bitters) as well as a French 75 (gin with fresh lemon juice and champagne), in the lovely low-lit jazzy atmosphere, accompanied by live music.
If you want food on the go, the markets at Chelsea and the Grand Central Terminal offer food porn for those with a predilection for fresh and organic produce, while the American Whole Foods left me in choice paralysis.
For more about eating in New York, have a look at my blog post ‘Tofutti Cutie‘