Looking for vegan food in the capital? There’s never been a better time to go meat-free: London was recently named the most vegan-friendly city in the world. Here we bring you the best of the capital’s plant-based scene – plus details on delivery and takeaway options for those who’d prefer to stay at home. Vegan Restaurants in London
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Anyone who says vegan food is boring should take a trip to Redemption in Neal’s Yard, which recently relaunched with a new head chef and menu. Erich Ribeiro heads up the kitchen, bringing with him a wealth of plant-based experience from the likes of Chelsea favourite Wulf & Lamb and the Deliciously Ella cafes. The new menu is exciting and creative: a refreshing example of the endless potential of plants. To begin, the spicy BBQ cauliflower wings are a must, as are the sweetcorn fritters, served with a delicious chilli jam and mango salsa. For mains, the butternut squash risotto is a highlight. Risotto is known for its creamy texture and rich flavour, which the Redemption team somehow mimic without using any dairy – and, magically, the ‘parmesan’ on top actually tastes like real cheese. Tofu often gets a bad rap, but when cooked well it’s really tasty, as showcased by Redemption’s ‘Tofish Moqueca’ dish: an aromatic Brazilian stew with tofu, coconut farofa and basmati rice. To finish, go for the lemon polenta cake, served here with dried strawberries and a unique purple corn ice cream. In the past, Redemption has been alcohol-free, but – happily for some – a whole host of cocktails have popped up on the menu. The gin-based Cucu-flower is the perfect refreshing aperitif, and if you’re nursing a hangover the Redemption Bloody Mary is sure to blow away the cobwebs, mixed with beetroot, tomato juice, carrot, celery and a unique smoked plum infused quinoa vodka (even vodka can be healthy!). Guilt-free goodness at its best.
Indian food doesn’t need to leave you feeling lethargic is En Root, a vegan street food restaurant located on the Clapham/Brixton border. Founded by Nish and Harshil Modasia alongside co-founder Thomas Price, En Root serves up hearty, home-cooked meals with an emphasis on nutrition and the power of plants. Instead of heavy curries, expect gluten-free pancakes filled with saag aloo, chickpea and patra leaf patties, crispy cassava chips and an Indian-inspired take on the buddha bowl. If you’re big on spice, their famously fiery Raja Bonnet Sauce is sure to get your tastebuds tingling. As all dishes are fairly light you’ll have space for pudding too: go for the mango lassi cheesecake, a sweet dosa or some peanut butter and cacao energy balls – all washed down with a revitalising cacao chai tea. Everything at En Root is made using fresh fruit and veg from the local Brixton Market, and supporting local businesses is at the heart of its philosophy. You can try En Root’s food at the restaurant or via delivery – but also keep an eye out for the friendly food truck at festivals, markets and events. enrootldn.co.uk
DELIVERY: Available through their website, Deliveroo and Just Eat.
California-inspired Palm Greens launched a new site in King’s Cross this January, joining three other vegan traders to form Plant-Based Pit Stop, a new fast-casual vegan dining destination. Co-founder Kali Hamm is an expert in healthy, plant-based cuisine, having studied at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York before launching a career as a private chef. A few years ago she joined forces with Memby Jago, who worked in the music industry before falling in love with hospitality in his role as Host at Spitalfields restaurant Som Saa. Their aim? To make eating well easy. On the menu you’ll find a vibrant selection of salads and bowls, such as Mexican Tostada: the signature dish, a punchy number made with black beans, quinoa, kale and chipotle. There’s also Kale Caesar, a twist on the classic chicken salad – this one featuring butter beans, kale, crispy capers, almond, and cashew Caesar dressing. After a
grab-and-go vegan breakfast? Palm Greens offer an array of these, including granola bowls with coconut yoghurt, avocado on sourdough, and tahini maple toast. Unit S2, King’s Cross Square, London N1C 4DE. palmgreens.co.uk
DELIVERY: Available through their website.
Last year NYC’s best-loved vegan restaurant arrived in London, finally quelling vegan Londoners’ envious Instagram scrolls of the infamous burgers and salads at by CHLOE. After proving hugely popular at its inaugural Tower Bridge venue, they opened a further three venues: one in Covent Garden, one in the ICON Outlet at The O2, and another in Oxford Circus. The entire menu is vegan, and in the best way: think Guac Burgers, Quinoa Taco Salads, Avocado Pesto Pasta and Sweet Potato Fries. The restaurant is also free of artificial flavours and preservatives, a claim to which the beetroot ketchup and chipotle aioli testify mightily. The Covent Garden and Tower Bridge locations also celebrate the individual flavours of the city with a special Fish n’ Chips (crispy tofu), Royal Roast (sea salt roasted celery root) and, of course, sticky toffee pudding with coconut whipped cream. A host of sweet treats will have you staring at the glass case for ages, but don’t overlook the freezer where you’ll find Push Pops: mini ice creams with toppings including Chocolate topped with Chlostess cupcakes, Salted Caramel topped with banana bread, Matcha Coconut with matcha chocolate babka and Birthday Cake topped with funfetti and rainbow frosting.
Various locations. eatbychloe.com
DELIVERY: Available through Deliveroo.
Notting Hill spot is where all the trendiest veggies and vegans congregate – thanks to the cool interiors as well as the wonderful food on offer. Farmacy is the brainchild of Camilla Fayed, who worked with experts to develop a menu of nourishing, healthy dishes that are also mighty tasty. The guacamole is one of the best in town and should be ordered as a side no matter what you’re eating, and is especially good when accompanying the sweet potato falafel starter. The Mexican Bowl is a standout with its bright purple potatoes and ‘sour cream’, while the burger is a classic, made from millet, black beans and mushrooms. Pair with a few cocktails (with added medicinal benefits, or Cannabidiol) from the Alchemy Bar, and save space for the raw chocolate tart. With no refined sugars, additives or chemicals, you can indulge guilt-free. 74 Westbourne Grove, London W2. farmacylondon.com
DELIVERY: Choose between 15 of their most popular dishes and desserts and order through their website. Available for those living in Zones 1 – 3.
Temple of Seitan
This vegan fast food joint really is temple-like, with queues around the block and a loyal following of customers who return time and time again for the finger-lickin’ good vegan fried “chicken”, which is actually made with seitan. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that vegans too crave a deep-fried treat once in a while, and Temple of Seitan has proven so popular that they have opened a second restaurant in Camden.
10 Morning Lane, London E9 and 103a Camley Street, N1C 4PF. templeofseitan.co.uk
DELIVERY: Available through UberEats.
Biff’s Jack Shack
Disappointed at the sad-looking bean burgers on offer in most restaurants, Biff Burrows and Christa Bloom set out to change the conversation around plant-based food
– and they’ve succeeded. After proving hugely successful in both KERB Camden and Haunt in Stoke Newington, vegan hotspot Biff’s Jack Shack secured its first permanent home just in time for World Vegan Day last year. Since then, two more branches have opened – the most recent in Homerton. Biff’s pride themselves on serving up the ‘filthiest’ vegan junk food in the UK: the menu is based around Biff’s unique Crispy Fried Jackfruit, which is braised in secret spice mix and triple-dipped in golden panko to create a selection of tasty burgers and wings. If you really want to indulge, go for the ‘Jack Bauer Tower of Power,’ a double jackfruit patty with deep fried vegan cheese, potato rosti and vegan aioli, served in a toasted brioche bun. The Dalston branch recently introduced a brunch menu, featuring buckwheat waffles loaded with crispy fried jackfruit, then drizzled with maple syrup and buffalo hot sauce, with a whipped smoked-maple butter on the side. Disclaimer – not all vegan food is healthy! Unit 49, Boxpark, 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GY. biffsjackshack.com
DELIVERY: The Dalston branch is the only one remaining open for delivery, so those living nearby can order through Deliveroo.
Vegans don’t have to miss out on pizza, as proved by Purezza, a fully vegan pizza restaurant which settled in Camden after making a name for itself in Brighton last year. Instead of the cheese you might expect to see on a pizza, Purezza create their own vegan mozzarella in-house from fermented brown rice milk. Toppings-wise you’ll be spoilt for choice: options range from shaved aubergine to truffle to wood smoked tofu, all placed on top of a tasty sourdough base, with gluten-free or hemp flour substitutes also available.
Jack & Bry has recently launched a jackfruit ‘pepperoni’ pizza there – which is apparently a world first. Vegan versions of popular sides are also on offer, including mac’n’cheese and dough balls, as well as a number of tasty desserts – we recommend the salted caramel brownie. 43 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PN. purezza.co.uk
DELIVERY: Available through Deliveroo around the Camden area.
The first branch of a new plant-based burger chain recently opened just off Regent Street, backed by Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton. Created in collaboration with The Cream Group and Beyond Meat’s Tommaso Chiabra, Neat Burger aims to transform the way people see vegan food with a selection of vegetable-base patties. On the menu you’ll find three core dishes: ‘the neat’, ‘the cheese’ and ‘the chick’n’, alongside skinny fries, sweet potato fries, vegan hot dogs, and American favourite tater tots. Beverages on offer include Just Water, an eco-friendly water company co-founded by Jaden Smith back in 2012, alongside drinks from Lemonaid and dairy-free, coconut and soya-based milkshakes. If you fancy something stronger, there’s a plant-based alcohol offering in the shape of Toast Ale. 4 Princes St, Mayfair, London W1B 2LE. neatburger.com
DELIVERY: Available through Deliveroo around the Mayfair area.
After making a name for itself on the street food circuit at KERB in Camden, vegan curry spot SpiceBox opened its first permanent location in Walthamstow. Here classic Indian dishes are
reimagined with a plant-based twist: highlights include the Jackfruit Jalfrezi, a fiery vegan spin on the curry house cooked with peppers, onions and jackfruit; and the Brinjal Bhaji, made of charred smoky aubergine and peas in a rich tomato gravy. 58 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London, E17 4PG. eatspicebox.co.uk
DELIVERY: Available through Deliveroo around the Walthamstow area.
The Vurger Co
Plant-powered vegan burger restaurant The Vurger Co began its journey in July 2016 as a market stall in Bethnal Green. After gaining popularity with vegans and non-vegans alike, they opened a permanent venue in Shoreditch, with another recently opened in Canary Wharf. There are four core burgers to choose from with rotating monthly specials – go for their bestselling Auburger, made from aubergines braised and baked in Tabasco Chipotle sauce paired with cumin mayonnaise. Still hungry? Their new special works perfectly as a side: Kentucky Dunkers, crispy, deep fried king ‘oyster’ shrooms coated in a delicious crumb, with house Piri Piri sauce on the side. Grab some crispy sweet potato fries or mac n cheese too, and finish by satisfying your sweet tooth with a tasty Chocolate Hazelnut shake. The Vurger Co, Unit 9, Avant Garde Building, Cygnet Street, Richmix Square, E1 6LD.
DELIVERY: The Vurger Co have launched DIY burger kits, featuring two Beyond burger patties, two brioche vegan buns, cheese, lettuce, gherkins, tomato and fries. Order through their website. start the slideshow