The number of vegetarians is increasing as many people decide to adopt a new lifestyle. Years ago, veggies were practically unheard of and finding a restaurant with suitable veggie dishes turned into a nightmare rather than an enjoyable, chilled evening.
Long gone are the days where non-meat eaters had to survive on salads and/or a side portion of chips, as there are now vegetarian/vegan restaurants popping up all over the place.
Here are just a select few of the best animal-friendly restaurants in London:
Tibits 12-14 – Heddon St.
This restaurant also doubles as a boutique and a drinks venue. It’s associated with the Zurich-based vegetarian restaurant, Hiltl, which is still going strong after 100 years so it must be doing something right! Tibits boasts Asian, Indian and Mediterranean delicacies and you can even have the food to go. They’re very big on healthy food and they show that through their slogan, which is ‘food that loves you back’.
If you want a calm, chilled environment then this is the place to be! It’s on 2 floors and even has outdoor seating for those summer days (of which there aren’t many, unfortunately).
The food is buffet-style so you just fill up a container and pay by weight. With over 40 dishes to choose from, there’s something for even the pickiest of people.
Food For Thought – 31 Neal St.
This restaurant opened in the 1970s and the over-sized stoneware plates and pine furniture still give it a 70s feel. The menu (which is Mediterranean and Asian) changes daily and always offers a choice of three hot main dishes as well as quiche and soup. The food is marked so this makes it a lot easier for vegans and those with gluten and wheat intolerances.
This place gets really full so just hope that you’ll find somewhere to sit. If all else fails, the food is also available to take away.
(source – Flickr: Kake Pugh).
Vanilla Black – 17-18 Tooks Court
Vanilla Black is more of an up-market restaurant, which began serving veggie haute-cuisine in 2008. This restaurant is perfect if you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated and would be a good choice for a romantic date, surrounded by chandeliers, flower arrangements, and fancy tablecloths. The menu offers dishes such as mushroom mousse, pea purée and even burnt orange marshmallow (without gelatine, of course!) as a dessert option.
The set menus are great value for this top-of-the-range cuisine; £26 for 2 courses, £35 for 3 courses.
The Gate – 370 St. John St.
The gate is being refurbished at the moment, but why not be one of the first to try out the new and improved restaurant when it reopens in October? Here you can order a mezze selection which gives you the option of trying a little bit of everything so you can work out which you prefer the most. As the restaurant is near the theatre, it’s a great place to go for a quick bite to eat before the show starts. Their signature dish is the wild mushroom risotto so give it a try! The place can also be hired for wedding, dinner parties and other special events.
222 Veggie Vegan – 222 North End Rd.
If you’re vegan or have vegan acquaintances then this is the place for you! This restaurant is 100% vegan. Raw foodists are also catered for. It was featured in the top ten vegetarian restaurants in London so go see what the fuss is about! The restaurant tries its best to recreate vegan versions of what everyone loves, for example, chocolate gâteau and cheesecake. The place has also been praised for its friendly service. You can obviously order à la carte, but the £7.50 all-you-can-eat lunchtime buffet is a favourite amongst many diners.
You don’t have to be vegetarian to go to a veggie restaurant! With the dishes being so tasty you’ll find that even the most faithful of meat-eaters will find nothing to complain about.
This has been a guest post by Will Thoms from British Explorer and hungryhouse, the UK’s leading online takeaway platform that features restaurants across the country including London, Nottingham and Glasgow.