With a 360% increase in the number of vegans and vegetarians in the UK, the demand for plant-based plates is on the rise. With restaurants now realising it’s not just a fad, they look to their peers who have opened up specialised vegan & vegetarians restaurants in London for inspiration on what meat and dairy free dishes they can add to their menu. We’ve listed some of the best vegan & vegetarian friendly restaurants around and what dishes we’d be pinching from their menu…
Tucked away on a street in Sloane square sits the newest edition to Chelsea’s high-flying restaurants. Opened by head chef Franco Casolin who successfully worked at the famous Vanilla Black, which made waves for being one of the first genuine vegetarian restaurants to hit London. This all vegan hot-spot bucks the trend with its appetising all-day dining menu full of delicious plant-based meals. Our pick of the menu is the ‘chili non carne’ which consists of smoky chilli spiced mushrooms, lentils and kidney beans on basmati herb rice, which even for big meat-eaters is a must try!
Thought up by three brothers in Switzerland, it was not long until the fresh vegetarian buffet, restaurant moved across Europe and opened up two restaurants in London. As speedy as fast-food the restaurants buffet style eatery, consists of a selection of 40 vegetarian and vegan salads, hot dishes and desserts to choose from, with everything being freshly made and ever-changing using only the best seasonal produce. With so many dishes to choose from, the Macaroni & Broccoli cheese is a stand out for its deliciously creamy taste, despite being made with vegan cheese!
Offering an array of plant-based dishes from around the World, Farmacy has led the way with its impressive selection of clean dishes to indulge in. Camilla Al Fayed, the daughter of former Harrods and Fulham FC owner Mohamed Al Fayed opened the eatery back in April 2016, which has excelled with the rise of vegan and vegetarians, in the hope that having ‘grab and go’ outlets across London is inevitable. With so many notorious dishes the ‘Chefs Green Curry’ full of broccoli, sugar snap peas, aubergine and brown rice is one to fulfil your appetite.
Bored of seeing mushroom risottos and halloumi kebabs as the only vegetarian options in restaurants, owners Andrew Dargue and Donna Conro, decided to open a restaurant that to ‘smash stereotypes’. It’s a touch too fancy for it to become your local haunt but their refined and creative dishes are a true delight for a special occasion. Two of our standouts are the Celeriac Profiteroles with dill and raisins for mains and the Gianduja Chocolate Brownie with roasted hazelnut ice cream for dessert – it is to die for!
When we think of Italian food we imagine folds of pasta swimming in a creamy sauce with mountains of cheese poured on top… not exactly the height of healthy, plant-based eating. Fed by Water want to challenge that perception and believe it’s time for a revolution in the food industry. Committed to making cruelty-free Mediterranean dishes that encourage healthy living and taste amazing, you’ll find all the ingredients are seasonal and where possible sourced locally – with the exception of those coming from Italy, because authenticity is something else they stand by. Our top picks are the Truffle Burratina Golosa made with soya milk and cashew nuts or the Tagliatta Di Mare with garlic, aubergine, seaweed and capers – truly bellissimo!
A staple restaurant on the vegetarian scene – Milreds has been on Greek Street in Soho since 1988. Fast-forward to 2018 and you’ll find Mildreds in another three locations around London. Famous for not taking bookings, queuing for a table is part of the experience – don’t worry it’s worth the wait. We particularly love their Caribbean Jerk Tofu, guava glazed with coconut rice and peas, mango slaw, hemp seeds, avocado and fried plantain.
Influenced by food and inspired by nature, Plates is exclusively a restaurant on Saturday evenings only. For the rest of the week Plates is a food studio creating artistic, plant-based collaborations, catering and content for a variety of brands and clients. The dual space is run by siblings Kirk and Keeley Haworth who work to create a charming and inspiring experience from the word go. Delivering a seasonal menu free from meat, fish, dairy, gluten and refined sugar, a sommelier brings drinks throughout the evening, each to compliment dishes from the set menu. Although all delicious, the Pot Roast Hispi Cabbage with crispy potato, butterbean and summer truffle was our highlight.