So you’ve watched Cowspiracy and you had a go at Veganuary? It doesn’t have to end there. Meat-free munching is on the rise and London is home to some of the best places to chow down. Whether you’re a newbie to the world of plant-based living or you’re looking to spread your foodie wings, DesignMyNight has created the ultimate guide to the best restaurants to try this year.
Ditch the meat feast for something of the veggie variety as Radio Alice brings you some of the best pizza around. With freshly-made stoneground bases smothered in mouthwatering ingredients like butternut squash, smoked scamorza cheese and seasonal mushrooms, every day is a pizza party. Grab a slice of the action from Hoxton to Clapham.
Showcasing the best of Pakistani cuisine, this South East London favourite is all about bold flavours. With most of the dishes on the menu being veggie, you can guarantee a substantial meal with the likes of bhindi channa (okra and chickpeas cooked in ginger and chilli) mopped up with homemade roti and finished off with kulfi ice cream and classic Punjabi puddings.
Sure you know the name, but did you know that this honestly good burger brand cooks up more than just meat? Choose between a vegan bun made using Beyond Meat patties or go for the Fritter 2.0 which combines cauliflower, sweetcorn and chickpea for the ultimate bite. Pair that with rosemary chips, a botanical cocktail and British beers and you’re on to a winner.
Dedicated to serving up 100% vegan fare, Tell Your Friends is the Fulham spot rich in Instagrammable interiors and mock-meat dishes. Think ‘chicken’ bites made with hemp and jackfruit and ‘fish and chips’ created with breaded banana blossom. There’s even Sunday roasts for you hungry weekenders.
Looking for somewhere a little more swish? Head to Fitzrovia where the swanky Lokhandwala is dishing out fine Indian fare in a Colonial-inspired setting. Think decadent interiors filled with chandeliers, ornate fittings and living greenery alongside a menu focussed on Asian tapas, curries, biryanis and moreish bread.
Think you know kebabs? Think again, because BabaBoom is transforming the humble Middle Eastern staple in a big way. Expect chargrilled flatbread filled with broad bean falafel, cauliflower grain bowls and quirky brunch signatures. Just be sure to save room for eggy bread dipped in cinnamon and topped with Nutella, banana and honeycomb. Drool.
Bringing a slice of East Asia to South London, Rosa’s Thai Cafe is the go-to for authentic eats. Their first outpost south of the river, it’s all about chilled out interiors and traditional cooking like tom yum soup and butternut red curry. Almost every single dish can be made meat-free so you can satisfy your cravings with far-flung cooking at its finest.
One of the biggest vegan openings of last year, there’s little chance that you didn’t spot Genesis’ pastel pink booths, neon walls and vegan dishes plastered all over your IG feed. Experience their organic dishes for yourself as you take eco-friendly eating to the max with smoked ‘chorizo’ tacos, seitan doner shawarmas, avocado chocolate mousse and more.
Elevating junk food to the highest heights, Dirty Bones is your place for cheat day feasting. From mouthwatering burgers to truffle fries, there’s zero chance of leaving hungry. Tuck into vegan takes on all your faves, like the Vegan Classic which replaces the usual beef burger with a plant-based one from Moving Mountains or mac and cheese balls… all washed down with a sassy cocktail or two.
From the brains behind Ceviche comes this much-loved Peruvian spot serving hungry Londoners from Shoreditch to the West End and Notting Hill. Not only will you find dairy-free and nut-free menus, but dishes can also be tailored to your dietary needs - though with a menu featuring artichoke ceviche, chilli-pressed melon and braised aubergine - you might not need to.
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