1 tibits Bankside
Following the success of their delicious Heddon Street vegetarian haven, plant-based restaurant tibits is now officially open in Bankside. The former warehouse has been transformed by Swiss designers Atelier Oi and London architects Emrys into a cool urban space with exposed brickwork, striking graphic geometrics and living plant walls. Designed with busy Londoners in mind, the Food Boat has over 40 fresh grab-and-go dishes ready to eat in or take away. The summer menu includes Sweet and Sour Tempeh, BBQ Aubergine, Bangkok Peanut Curry Noodles, Samphire Stir Fry and Sesame-Turmeric Cauliflower. There’s also a cocktail bar and breakfast options including bircher muesli, granola, fresh fruits and teas or specials like the tibits Golden Turmeric Latte.
124 Southwark Street, Bankside SE1 OSW; 020 7758 4113; tibits.ch/en
2 Nosh Garden Kitchen at La Suite West Hotel, Bayswater
The Nosh Garden Kitchen has just launched at the La Suite West Hotel, Bayswater. Designed by the revered Anouska Hempel, the much-anticipated launch by Nosh Detox specialises in vegan and raw dishes with an extensive menu of fresh, cleansing cuisine designed to optimise wellbeing and taste great. Nosh Detox created the UK’s first ever-home detox and weight-loss delivery service of non-pasteurized Juice Diets, Detox, Nutritional Plans and coaching. Nosh Garden Kitchen founder Geeta Sidhu-Robb and Head Chef Cornel have created bright, vibrant vegan-friendly dishes as well as a variety of gluten and nut-free plates, mocktails and smoothies. Menu highlights include starters like courgette rolls stuffed with olive tapenade, Nosh red pesto and Nosh green pesto; mains like microbiotic umeboshi broth with black soba noodles and vegetables, and tasty desserts like oat milk Kheir (rice pudding) with cardamom and pistachio.
La Suite West Hotel, 41-51 Inverness Terrace W2 3JN; 020 7235 5000; noshdetox.co.uk
3 Flat Three, Holland Park
Flat Three restaurant in Holland Park has launched its latest seasonal plant-based menu inspired by the minimalist aesthetics and flavours of Japanese, Korean and Nordic cuisine. Led by chef Pavel Kanja, the restaurant offers an array of plant-based food and drink, much of it made in-house from fermentations that are commonly found in the aforementioned cuisines. Pavel’s creations transform humble vegetables into something extraordinary, with imaginative seasonal dishes such as smoked sand carrot, miso and sweet cicely; wild broccoli parcel with French onion dashi, and lentils with horse radish and almond. He even goes so far as to make a jus entirely from vegetables. Forager, a renowned team of wild plant specialists led by Miles Irving in the forests of Kent, supplies the team with a wealth of little-known but delicious wild vegetation. You’ll also find a selection of vegan wine, teas, infusions, ferments and delicious house-pressed juices.
120-122 Holland Park Avenue W11 4UA; flatthree.london
4 What The Pitta’s Vegan Kebab
What The Pitta’s vegan döner kebab came to be as most good ideas do – over a beer, when co-founder Cem, a dedicated carnivore, dropped the bombshell that he had given up meat and dairy. His buddy Roj revealed that his uncle makes amazing vegan döner in Germany, and so What The Pitta was born. What The Pitta first opened its doors at The Pump in Shoreditch, and can now be found at Boxpark Shoreditch. In February 2017, they launched at Boxpark Croydon too with an expanded menu.
5 Rola Wala, Spitalfields
Rola Wala launches its first permanent London site in Spitalfields on 26 July. Without a korma in sight, Rola Wala offers Indian food you can eat every day, with a range of gluten-free, low-carb and vegan options. Plus, no dish has more than 500 calories. The new branch will have two vegan options: the ‘Red Dal’, made from beetroot, coconut and channa dal with a nine-spice masala, and the ’Keralan Black Chickpea’, a mix of black ‘kala chana’ chickpeas, coconut, sweet potato, pineapple, and spices such a fenugreek, cumin, mustard seeds, and chilli. On launch day, Rola Wala will be giving away 300 free spice-fuelled lunches, and for every meal it does giveaway, Rola Wala is working with its charity partner One Feeds Two to donate a meal to a child living in poverty.
36 Brushfield Street, Spitalfields E1 6AT. Sign up for your free lunch here rolawala.com
6 MiiRO’s Vegan Ice Cream Pops
The best way to beat the summer heat is by cooling off with a cold ice cream pop. Thanks to MiiRO, you can enjoy a delicious ice cream pop without cheating your diet. MiiRO produces vegan ice cream pops, and this summer they are releasing three new flavours: salted caramel, peanut butter and chocolate hazelnut. The ice cream pops are sweetened with natural ingredients (grapes and coconut sugar) and only contains 166 calories. All pops are sold at Whole Foods, Planet Organic, As Nature Intended, Oscado and various delis, health food stores and cafés.
7 Fudge Kitchen’s Dairy-Free Vegan Fudge
Fudge Kitchen was built on handmade fresh whipping cream ‘slab fudge’ made using a recipe dating back to the 1830s. The new dairy-free range is made in exactly the same way, with only natural ingredients, but with the whipping cream substituted for either soya cream or coconut cream. The kitchen team is confident that it is indistinguishable from the dairy original. Available in three flavours – Sea Salted Caramel, Choco Classic and Icy Vanilla Coconut – plus a limited-edition Christmas dairy free box with Mince Pie fudge (available from 3 November 2017 priced £16-£22).
And another thing…
VegfestUK returns to the cavernous Central Hall of Kensington Olympia this autumn. Running 21-22 October, the event promotes a health-conscious, but delicious, future, with highlights including a Vegan Food Village, Easy Veganism Area, Cookery Demos, Living Raw Zone and, tntriguingly, A Vegan Athletes Summit. There will also be an Animal Rights Summit, Radical Veganism Corner, Vegan Comedy Festival and Vegan Film Festival, as well as a Mature Zone, Teen Zone and Kids Area. Tickets go sale from 1 August (£12 / £8 concs).