For clarity, let me say this now, I’m not vegan.
I am vegetarian, though that’s been a new choice this year (2.1.17), but whether I choose to eat dairy or not and whether you choose to eat meat or not one thing is the gospel truth.
Vegan and vegetarian food is daaaaamn tasty.
So here are my four favourite veggie and vegan joints in LDN town so whether you’re strictly plant based or just interested in how something meat free and dairy free could taste so good then see here.
A Soho favourite for me, especially as I work in Leicester Square and head into that area of town about once a week for food.
This tiny restaurant of joy is strong in the variety department and caters for both veggies and vegans – so yes, you can get cheese here if you like.
They also have a branch in both Camden and King’s Cross and between them all they pretty much cover all the food you could ever want.
Curries, burgers, salads and my personal dream dish….wood roasted mushroom and ale pie with minted mushy peas and fries (to be exact).
When I gave up meat I gave up hope of finding a good old pie ever again, but along came Mildred and she changed that.
They don’t take bookings so get in early to avoid a hefty wait! Visit the website here.
This veggie joint with locations in West London and North London describes itself as selling ‘blended Indian and Arabic cuisines with traditional Jewish food.’
Pretty eclectic but also very accurate when you look at a menu which offers treats from Aubergine Schnitzel and Hazlenut & Honey Crusted Goats Cheese to Thai Green Curry.
I had the latter on my most recent trip and oh my, it was so good. Packed full of veggies -shittake mushrooms, magetout, baby corn- and with added tofu, this was well up my street.
The only downside was I wish there was more of it. Compared to others on my list The Gate feels a bit more ‘posh’ and therefore presents its food more dantily.
But maybe I’m just greedy…
You can book online – visit their website here.
The Big V
Now vegans and vegetarians alike need food on the go like the rest of the world. Just because we’re powered by superfoods it doesn’t mean we are superhuman.
I discovered The Big V on a Saturday afternoon in Greenwich Market and….wow, game changer. As I said, I’m veggie so I still consume dairy but these guys showed me that the cheese free game is just as exciting.
I chose a ‘Classic V Cheeseburger’- the patty was made of seitan and mushrooms and between two beaut brioche buns they crammed lettuce, vegan spicy mayo, vegan cheddar, slow roasted tomatoes and pickles all for a more than reasonable £6.50.
Looking at it is making me want to put my shoes on and head down to the market for round 2 but sadly it’s a Wednesday and these guys only rock up to Greenwich on Saturday’s and Sundays. But catch them at Borough Market Thurs-Sat and at Broadway Market on Sunday’s too!
Visit their website here.
Praise the lord I don’t work in Shoreditch because I swear I’d never eat a packed lunch again knowing this was nearby!
These guys specialise in Vegan and are the kings of buddah bowls of deliciousness. Nobody is more of a fan of a bowl of rice/noodles and goodies more than me and no veggie place does it better than Cook Daily.
This vegan haven is up top in Box Park Shoreditch and slightly hidden so if you think you can’t find it, look harder! They also have a branch in Box Park Croydon if you want to stay south of the river.
From a ‘chicken’ and mushroom pie to a ‘full english’ in a bowl, their food is super creative. I opted for the latter and I knew I was in love when I spotted brown sauce on the top – it even comes with a cup of tea (but don’t ask me what the tea is, it was blue and in a fridge and I was a bit confused).
You’ll leave here feeling full, trust me.
Visit their website here.
So there are my four faves, which I’ll definitely be adding to as I discover more dreamy places. But PLEASE hit me up with your suggestions, I love finding new places to eat more than anything!