It’s #Veganuary and if you’re searching for a tasty veggie-based meal, look no further! The Resident has put together a list of some of London’s best vegan restaurants for you to try
1 Tibits, Heddon Street & Bankside
Tibits is a plant-based restaurant with a 100% vegetarian menu, 80% of which is vegan. But on Tuesdays, the food boat is completely vegan and free of any animal involvement. 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 winter menu includes hot dishes like chestnut, wild mushroom and cashew roast, butter bean, sweet potato and kale korma, and a Mexican quinoa bowl, or salads like apple-ginger, wakame and Middle Eastern couscous.
124 Southwark Street, Bankside SE1 OSW; tibits.ch/en
2 Mildreds, various locations
A firm favourite among Londoners, Mildreds has restaurants in Soho, Camden, King’s Cross and Dalston. The restaurant serves internationally inspired dishes with a vegan twist, and many options are also gluten free. Choose from the likes of smoked tofu, fennel, apple and white bean sausages with cider jus, panfried hispi cabbage, peas, dill and mash; the Tokyo bowl with black rice and purple pickled egg with daikon, miso glazed aubergine, shichimi edamame beans and a jug of miso; wood roasted mushroom and ale pie with minted mushy peas and fries; and Sri Lankan sweet potato and green bean curry with roasted lime cashews, pea basmati rice and coconut tomato sambal.
3 Nosh Garden Kitchen, Bayswater
The Nosh Garden Kitchen launched in the summer at the La Suite West Hotel in Bayswater. Designed by Anouska Hempel, Nosh Garden Kitchen by Nosh Detox specialises in vegan and raw dishes designed to optimise wellbeing. 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, mains like microbiotic umeboshi broth with black soba noodles and vegetables, and desserts like oat milk Kheir with cardamom and pistachio.
41-51 Inverness Terrace W2 3JN; lasuitewest.com
4 Farmacy, Notting Hill
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Farmacy was founded on the back of the clean-eating trend, promising ‘clean indulgence’ supporting both a vegan and vegetarian diet that’s free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals. The menu is inspired by dishes from around the globe and features healthy versions of comfort foods such as the signature Farmacy Burger and plant-based Ice Cream Sundaes, as well as the latest in healthy eating such as Earth Bowls (try the gluten-free Green Eggs Bowl of quinoa served with lightly steamed seasonal greens, avocado and garlic aioli topped with a poached egg).
74 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill W2 5SH; farmacylondon.com
5 Sanctuary, Fulham
Sanctuary in Fulham burst onto the plant-based scene early last year with its ‘100% unapologetically vegan’ menu, serving up breakfasts, coffees, paninis, gourmet burgers, Spanish tapas and more. Try the a Pesto ‘n’ Beans Brunch (wholegrain toast with pesto, topped with roasted cherry tomatoes, rocket and grated parmesan cheeze), or perhaps a vegan Mexican Hot Doggie with cheddar cheeze, jalapeños, homemade guacamole and garlic mayo casero, or the Hippo Rampage gourmet burger, a beef-style cheezeburger with vegan bacon, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, cucumber pickles, guacamole and melty cheeze. They even serve up a vegan fish and chips.
651 Fulham Road SW6 5PU; v-sanctuary.com
6 The Gate, various locations
Widely regarded as London’s best vegetarian and vegan restaurant, The Gate serves excellent vegan and vegetarian food that combines the best of Indian, Arabic and Jewish cuisine with a hint of French and Italian influence. There’s an a la carte, brunch and even Sunday roast menu, so you can try a variety of vegan delights from aubergine schnitzel and raw pad thai to sweet potato and chickpea burger or a fabulous shakshuka with scrambled tofu seasoned with turmeric (non vegans can opt for poached eggs). The Gate has branches in Hammersmith, Marylebone and Islington.
7 Wild Food Café, Covent Garden
This cosy café used to be a Covent Garden hidden gem, but rave reviews have made it a hotspot for anyone who loves a delicious and wholly Instagrammable vegan meal. Try the likes of the Ayruvedic Super Salad (with wild rocket, cucumber, amaranth, wild nettle and sea purslane pesto, hijiki, artichoke, avocado, red pepper and mango), or the Pulled Jackfruit Open-Hearted Sandwiches (with raw walnut and squash bread, little gem, beet sauerkraut, BBQ pulled jackfruit, flaxseeds and black garlic cashew cheese). All dishes are made with raw and organic ingredients from local suppliers.
1st Floor, 14 Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden WC2H 9DP; wildfoodcafe.com
8 Woodlands, various locations
Woodlands is a family run, Indian restaurant serving entirely vegetarian cuisine. With branches in Hampstead, Piccadilly and Marylebone, the Woodlands serves traditional Indian foods such as dosas and curries, with vegan and gluten free menus available alongside the entirely vegetarian main menu. Vegetable curries include Hyderabadi aubergine, with baby aubergines, peanuts, curry leaves, onions, and Mushroom Chettinad, with mixed mushrooms in a spicy sauce made. Many dishes are also Jain, meaning free of onion or garlic.
9 Ethos, Fitzrovia
Ethos’s mission is to constantly create innovative, nourishing and non-processed meat-free choices. The menu has plenty of options for those with special dietary requirements, including vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free. Pick and choose whatever looks most appetising from the plant-based buffet and then simply pay for your meal by its weight. Selections range from Japanese miso-glazed roasted aubergine to roasted cauliflower with sweet mustard and capers.
48 Eastcastle Street, Fitzrovia W1W 8DX; ethosfoods.com
10 Manna, Primrose Hill
Manna is one of Europe’s finest and oldest gourmet vegetarian establishments, celebrating its 50th anniversary in Primrose Hill in 2017. The menu is entirely vegan and largely organic, with a bit of raw food popping up too. Cashew cheese croquettes sit alongside a raw lasagne made from layers of courgette noodles, cashew cheese, rocket pesto and Manna’s special raw marinara sauce. There are also salads and sharing plates, making this a pretty versatile venue, pop in for a quick bit post-work out or take a gang and make an evening of it – there are organic and vegan wines too.
4 Erskine Road, Primrose Hill NW3 3AJ; mannav.com
11 222 Veggie Vegan, West Kensington
The name says it all, this restaurant serves a wide variety of healthy and delicious vegetarian and vegan meals. Popular selections include Seitan Stroganoff or the chef’s special stir-fry, which can be followed with delectable desserts like spice island pie or dairy-free ice cream. And if you want to try it all, check out the lunch buffet where you can help yourself to a variety of their freshly made vegan dishes.
222 North End Road, West Kensington W14 9NU; 222veggievegan.com