There are an increasing number of reasons that people are turning away from meat and onto the humble vegetable for sustenance. Be it ethical, moral, financial or otherwise, the reputation of vegetarian dishes is on the rise and, in honour of World Vegetarian Day, we’ve taken a look at some of the best from around London.
There’s an all-veggie menu available at both venues run by Blanchette. Head down to Soho for tasty whipped goat’s cheese with grilled courgettes, peas and hazelnuts or spinach and kale salad with sundried tomato, thyme and soft-boiled egg dish. Or, alternatively, you could venture out east to Brick Lane for Blanchetter’s signature dish of baked moroccan eggs with peppers and flat bread, or you could try saffron couscous with tabbouleh and pomegranate yoghurt.
Tommi’s Burger Joint
Now we all know veggie burgers don’t have the best of reputations. They usually consist of some stale bean mixture or a whole mushroom and some ketchup, but Tommi’s Burger Joint will definitely make you think differently. All three of Tommi’s London locations have vegetarian burgers on offer, and the fries are also top-notch!
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The Vurger Co
After a successful crowd-sourcing campaign, The Vurger Co is ready and waiting for foodies to try one (or several) of their delicious burgers. The artisan fast-food company is aiming to elevate the equality of veggie burgers, and veggie dishes in general, and their ingredients include seeds, nuts, legumes and a variety of exciting vegetables. The stand-out ‘Auburger’ (‘chipotle smokey’ aubergine, red onion and chickpea patty topped with cumin mayo and pickled cabbage) is not to be missed, but there’s also a divine vegan mac ‘n’ cheese that is well worth trying.
Theo Randall at the Intercontinental
Theo Randall at the Intercontinental is now offering a vegan brunch – and everyone is talking about it. The Italian dishes are have been praised for their seasonality and flavour, and each course includes at least one gluten-free option. Highlights include the antipasto di verdure (marinated red peppers, farinata, cicorino, swiss chard, Taggiasche olives, basil and cannellini beans on bruschetta) and the risotto di zucchini e pomodoro (risotto with courgettes, San Marzano tomatoes and basil).
La Dame de Pic
Three-Michelin-starred chef Anne-Sophie Pic has set up an outpost and its vegetarian selections are up there with the best. La Dame de Pic at the Four Seasons in London includes Pic’s signature dish of berlingots (pasta parcels with lightly smoked Pélardon cheese, courgette, green cardamom and galangal).
This pan-Asian group of restaurants boasts an exclusive vegetarian menu that will make you forget about meat. Available as either take-away or at the table, Tootoomoo has several branches across North London, all of which are worth a visit.
The healthy Mediterranean lifestyle assocaited with Greek cuisine has been brought up to date at Meraki. Executive chef Athinagoras Kostakos promises a menu that evokes the feeling of Greece with dishes such as santorini cherry tomatoes, served with thyme, caper leaves and goat’s cheese, appearing alongside a Sunday salad of baby gem, lemon dill dressing and ginger.
Pollen Street Social
One of the capital’s favourite hangouts, it might surprise you to learn that Pollen Street Social has an extensive selection of vegetarian dishes to try. Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred restaurant also has delicious vegan food to try, so why not go for the first all-vegan tasting menu to receive the elusive Michelin acclaim?
…for something completely different. In the coming months, the science bods behind Modernist Cuisine will be bringing the ‘modernist bread movement’ (yes, it that is a thing) to the public in the form of a 5-volume book series. There are over 1,500 recipes to drool over, and the imagery alone is enough to put you taste buds on high alert.