Vegetarian In London
|| With the range
and choice of vegetarian and vegan restaurants on offer
there’s no excuse for being fobbed off with a one-option
menu. In fact, the range of exotic cuisine is enough to
tempt even the most ardent meat eater through the doors.
In North West London gourmet vegetarian cuisine can be
found at Manna [map] every evening of the week. As the oldest vegetarian dinner
restaurant in the UK this eatery has built its reputation
on the fine food it serves so you can expect meals here
to satisfy. Main course highlights include whiskey barbecue
marinated grilled tofu and Majorcan baked aubergine.
Over in North London the Blue Legume [map] on Stoke Newington Church Street is a small café
style eatery with a unique but relaxed atmosphere. Whether
you want the satisfaction of a full meal or just a passing
nibble from their great range of cakes and pastries just
feel free to stop by. The menu includes touches of Italian,
Moroccan and Turkish flavours and also offers a good range
of juices and herbal teas.
Organic 13 is a vegetarian café
and juice bar where you can sit and enjoy a meal or simply
pop in to buy organic vegetarian goods. The menu includes
sunflower pate and cabbage and seaweed salad all served
in a community atmosphere.
Probably your best option for veggie food in East London
is the Thai Garden [map] on Globe Road (E2). This restaurant may not have the style
of a posh nosh eatery, but it does offer a decent vegetarian
meal. The majority of the menu offers vegetarian Thai
flavours but there are some seafood dishes as well.
For pure vegetarian flavours, you could try a meal at
the Wild Cherry Restaurant [map],
also on Globe Road. This restaurant is run by a group
of Buddhist women, who aim to provide you with a tasty
meal while spreading the vegetarian philosophy. The food
is certainly affordable and the menu features dishes like
Over in South West London The Milan Vegetarian Restaurant [map],
Upper Tooting Road, SW17, offers a wide selection of Gujarati
and South Indian cuisine and there’s a separate
menu for vegans too.
If you’re dining with meat-eating friends but don’t
want to compromise your own needs book a table at The
City Café [map] , John Islip Street, SW1. This
award-winning restaurant overlooks Side Street which is
a work of art linking John Islip Street to Millbank.
The Shahee Bhelpoori Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant [map] is located at London Road, SW16, and is just across the
road from the Norbury Rail Station. Offering a range of
veggie and vegan cuisine each dish on the menu is listed
clearly to indicate which has diary products in it. Dishes
are spiced to your own taste and children are offered
a separate menu to avoid very hot dishes.
If you’re looking for a truly wondrous selection
of cuisine in Central London head to the World Food
Neal’s Yard Dining Room, Neal’s Yard, WC2.
This is one of London’s top vegetarian restaurants
that leaves the café culture yapping at its heels.
Try African platters or Mexican chilli from World Food
Café’s extensive menu. It’s a real
treat to find a veggie venue that has so many varied and
unusual dishes and this place is definitely creeping up
the list of top 10 restaurants in London for vegetarians
and meat-eaters alike.
For a unique dining experience try The Place Below
[map] , St Mary-le Bow, Cheapside, EC2. This light and fresh
café and restaurant serves a range of healthy eating
options including roast red pepper, grilled aubergine,
Halloumi and fresh coriander, and grilled field mushroom,
soy-roasted tofu and rocket leaves. Chef and author Bill
Sewell, who has put his own stamp on the dishes, oversees
One of London’s best kept secrets can be discovered
on Dean Street, W1, which is home to The Red Veg Café
[map] . This little treasure has a menu of cuisine gathered
from across the world and promises a strict “no
lentil” policy. Increasing in popularity due to
its commitment to offer real veggie fast food, this is
the perfect venue for a quick lunch.
Enjoy some of the best vegan desserts around with a visit
to Mildreds [map],
Lexington Street, W1. Those with a sweet tooth will find
a menu of mouth-watering desserts, while those who prefer
savoury are still well catered for with a selection of
burgers and stir-fries.
Your first port of call in West London should be the delectable
offerings of Blah! Blah! Blah! [map] located at Goldhawk Road, W12. Attracting veggies, vegans
and out and out carnivores with a fusion of quality ingredients,
Blah! Blah! Blah! is renowned throughout London. Reasonably
priced dishes and a warm and friendly atmosphere make
for a comfortable dining experience. The tempting menu
consists of an extensive range of starters and mains,
and some tempting puddings and ice cream for those with
a sweet tooth.
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