Food for Thought
When lunchtime swings around and you seek a hearty, tasty meal, then look no further than Food for Thought. After 40 years its long queues every afternoon speak to the modesty of its prices and the quality of its offerings – staples such as quiches, salads, and soups are available with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free alternatives. Maybe the crowds keep coming due to its eccentricity. Located in an 18th century building its crowded downstairs seating promises engaging conversations with the strangers that share your table. A friendly menu and personnel guarantee that this spot is worth the wait, whether you hope to relax indoors or indulge in some take-out.
The wooden tables and furniture lends Orchard a particularly cosy ambience that invites the vegetarian to peek within. This friendly café is the more casual sister of the classy Vanilla Black vegetarian restaurant. Its location on Sicilian Avenue, which is closed off for pedestrians, contributes to the stroll-in atmosphere, except that this café contributes a touch of sophistication. Its options change regularly, inviting frequent visits and include delicacies that you will remember long after they have been enjoyed, such as poached egg on a spinach fritter with smoky mayo. Its quality coffee is increasingly gaining appreciation, this is the ideal spot to catch up with friends or nestle in with a good book.
If the fact that Vanilla Black is Michelin-recommended does not succeed in spiking your interest and appetite, then take a look at the menu, featuring plates such as brie ice cream and poached blackberries and double baked Ribblesdale pudding with a smoked croquette. These delectable dishes are products of a kitchen that entertains itself and its costumers with constant vegetarian experimentation.
Vanilla Black, 17-18 Tooks Court, London, EC4, UK, 020 7242 2622
Ethos is new to the London food scene, armed with a freshness and buzz. In fact, despite having opened so recently, Ethos has wasted no time in creating a reputation for itself; it’s as popular with the weekday office crowd as on the weekend. Ethos is a member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, testament to its good character.
Ethos, 48 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DX, UK, 020 3581 1538
You should never judge overall quality based on appearance, but at The Gate, you would be correct in expecting a gourmet treat to accompany the artistically appealing dishes and interior. The items on this menu are reasonably priced for the high caliber of food and smart interior.
The Gate, 370 St John Street, London, EC1V 4NN, UK , 020 7278 5483
True to its Soho location, Mildreds combines the eclectic and the fun. With a no-booking policy, this spot is perennially full and bustling. Once you gain entry to the crowded restaurant, the options promise a culinary trip around the world. Aside from the danger of over-indulging, the menu, with organic ingredients wherever possible supplied from small businesses, ensures a guilt-free experience.
Mildreds, 45 Lexington Street, London, W1F 9AN, UK, 020 7494 1634
Woodlands delights in creating exquisite vegetarian Indian dishes, as well as providing an entire vegan menu with dishes. Not only do the dining options appeal on the basis of quality, but they also have the attractive perk of being healthy; the majority of the dishes are made without butter and leave you pleasantly full.
Manna deserves a place in the vegetarian hall of fame, as it was the only vegetarian restaurant in England when it opened in 1966 and now boasts an entirely vegans selection. This change, as well as the growing amount of organic options, reflects Manna’s wholehearted commitment to embodying the most sustainable eating style possible. This restaurant seeks to disprove argument that vegetarian and vegan cuisine cannot achieve the gastronomic levels that are reached by non-vegetarian food.
This original restaurant has established itself as a pioneer in sustainable cuisine, its avant-garde efforts seemingly signaling the way forward for other restaurants to follow. Itadaki Zen was the first vegan and organic Japanese restaurant in Europe, importing the healthy culinary traditions of the Far East, such as the focus on a balanced diet and preventative medicinal habits key to a healthy lifestyle. The restaurant opts for a lax and Zen-like ambience that places food at the centre of the experience.
222 Veggie Vegan
A centre for vegan cuisine in London, 222 Veggie Vegan is nevertheless most definitely worth the visit. The restaurant seeks to be as sustainable as possible in every area, with a menu of fresh dishes made to order containing a majority of low-fat and organic ingredients. If you seek a restaurant that dedicates itself completely to its menu, both in the preparation and the philosophy, then this is the place for you.