It’s National Vegetarian Week (May 15th to 21st) and even if you are partial to a bit of meat from time to time, it’s a great excuse to enjoy some alternative cuisine. Seeking out vegetarian food is nowhere as difficult as it used to be and London has more than its fair share of meat-free restaurants. In fact, you can take in the scents, flavours and colours of the whole world simply by popping into one of the capital’s veggie eateries during your serviced apartment stay this week.
Vanilla Black – The City
Think British fine dining without the meat and that’s what you’ve got at Vanilla Black in Took’s Court. It is a style of restaurant that fits in with the vibe in The City of London, taking vegetarian cuisine to a whole other level. The menu changes regularly to reflect the seasons and the latest innovations dreamt up by the passionate chefs. At present, the cauliflower dumplings, parsley and walnut crumbs; or tomato shortbread, sheep’s milk and broccoli are two dishes that are hard to beat.
Get two courses for £31 or three courses for £41.50.
Ethos – Fitzrovia
Many of the dishes at the stylish marble-topped buffet on Eastcastle Street have a Middle Eastern influence. Falafel, baba ganoush and hummus are perennial favourites at this pay-by-weight institution, where you can also pile your plate high with interesting salads that will make even the most stalwart meat eater forget there’s none in their meal. Try the rainbow slaw to truly brighten up your day.
There’s even a vegetarian afternoon tea available.
The Gate – Hammersmith, Islington and Marylebone
Take a tour of Indian, Arabic, Jewish and Mediterranean veggie food at a restaurant that has been doing it right since 1989. So successful has the partnership between brothers Adrian and Michael Daniel been, that they have expanded their empire from one eatery to three. Their Indo-Iraqi Jewish grandmother’s kitchen provided much of their inspiration and since then they have been soaking up influences far and wide. Try the aubergine schnitzel for a take on vegetarian cooking you’ll never forget.
Vouchers are on sale in case you want to treat the vegetarian in your life.
Jai Krishna – Finsbury Park
Indian food is a great option for veggies and what many people in the UK don’t realise is that lots of dishes in its native land are meat-free. This means that authentic meals, including chana kachori and gol gappa are delicious alternatives to a chicken tikka masala. It’s bring your own booze, so if you fancy a tipple, be sure to pick something on the way.
Jai Krishna represents fantastic value for money and you can easily eat for under £10. Opt for the thali for two at £19.95 or an individual version for £7.50 and walk away fully sated.
Itadaki Zen – King’s Cross
Having recently been closed for refurbishment, Itadaki Zen has reopened to provide vegan and organic Japanese food to the people of London. Its ethos is to cure illnesses and prevent any issues in the body through food, which is why the menu is jam-packed with ingredients such as tofu and seaweed. Order the Korean-style sushi rolls for a delicious lunch or the udon set menu if you really want to fill up.
A wide selection of set menus are available in the evening, making a convenient choice if you don’t know what to order.
Don’t miss pop-up – Linda’s Veggie Table – Shoreditch
Amid the myriad things going on for National Vegetarian Week will be a very special pop-up in a warehouse space in Shoreditch. Linda’s Veggie Table will contribute to the legacy of Linda McCartney, with Jay McGuinness of The Wanted hosting all sorts of veggie experiences – don’t miss it!