5 Of The Best Vegan & Vegetarian Dining Spots In London
With the rise of social media bombarding us with images of perfect bodies and superfoods, it’s no wonder #newme and #cleaneating are often viciously trending. Clean eating seems to be here to stay, on Instagram and in real life, and I’m glad.
Another thing that’s on the up is the number of people becoming vegetarian, vegan or flexitarian (vegetarian most of the time with the occasional bit of meat). The increasing awareness of the health benefits and the scientific facts behind greenhouse gas emissions from livestock have contributed to more people making the change. Whether it’s for the good of animals, the planet or personal health issues, high numbers of people trying out a plant based diet. If you’re tempted to try it, we’ve picked out a selection of the best spots in London that serve up delicious veggie friendly food…
‘Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food’ is the motto here and the way in which detoxifying, immune-boosting, alkalising and similar health related buzz words are scattered all over the menu indicates the type of healthy eating experience you’re in for! I love Farmacy because the food is indulgent and somewhat guilt-free. I really enjoyed the nachos and burger here. The menu includes comfort food such as nachos, burgers and pizzas as well as heavenly earth bowls. It’s also a pretty one for Instagram - we all know if it’s not on social media, did you even go?
Mexican food goes vegan at Club Mexicana! This street food sensation can be found popping up at Kerb and Street Feast, as well as many other places. BBQ jackfruit and chipotle cashew cheese are a couple of the delights to look out for on their colourful menu, which includes vegan interpretations of meat dishes.
Mildreds is one of the most famous vegetarian restaurants in London. With three branches and constant queues, the demand speaks for itself. Decision making is painful here with a world menu of delicious vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes. From smashed avo and blue chips to flavourful tortellini, Mildreds successfully demonstrates the variety of flavour vegetarian dishes have to offer. A stand out dish for me was the ricotta and truffle tortelloni, wild mushroom marsala sauce. Remember to leave room for dessert!
Ethos is a pretty restaurant with a self-serve buffet and weigh and pay concept. If, like me, you suffer from major food regret when you order the wrong dish, or you love to try lots of different things, ethos is the place for you. The spread here is packed with variety, rich in flavour and includes hot and cold dishes, as well as tempting desserts. Be careful, it can easily become a spenny one if you get excited piling up your plate!
Pret introduced its first vegetarian pop up last summer and it was so successful that it’s here to stay – long live Veggie Pret! If you haven’t made your way here already and are looking for a quick lunchtime bite, it’s definitely a spot worth trying. I’ve noticed more and more vegetarian and vegan recipes making their way into Pret a Manger shops and I’m loving the change! There is already talk of where Pret will open its second veggie branch.
Read more from Reena Patel, here: Veggieperspective.com