FOOD&DRINK | by Emma Becque
A guide to the best vegan restaurants in london.
3.2% of the world's population has converted to veganism or more commonly known as a plant-based diet. However, the majority of foodies would refer to themselves as being "part-time" vegans, dipping in and out of this "healthier" lifestyle.
Veganism has exploded as a trend especially across social media, with hashtags such as #vegan and #VeganFood holding nearly 63 million posts on Instagram.
If you're feeling the urge to become a vegan for the day we have made your life a little easier. Here are our top vegan hot spots in London.
If you like great cocktails, Buddha bowls, and a bohemian atmosphere then Farmacy is the place for you!
It is a great place for first-time vegans as the majority of their signature bowls are themed, such as the "Tex-Mex Bowl".
Location: Westbourne Grove.
The Farmacy Burger: This burger has a great chewy, meaty texture which will satisfy any first-time vegan. The healthier sourdough burger bun means you can enjoy guilt-free!
Ingredients: Millet, black bean & mushroom burger served with garlic aioli, goji ketchup, avocado, pickles, tomato & potato chips served in a sourdough vegan bun VG Gluten free toast or bun available served.
You will be spoilt for choice in London if you like Mildred's. There are four locations in Kings Cross, Camden, Soho, and, Dalston.
Mildred's menu has an international blend of different cuisines from around the world. If you enjoy trying something new, then Mildred's will show you how even mundane ingredients can be made delicious and interesting.
Location: Kings Cross, Camden, Soho, Dalston.
Their Sri Lankan Curry: This sumptuous curry offers first-time vegans the creamy taste they desire using cashews as a substitute for cream. The sweet potato works as the alternative to meat and still contains the same nutritional value.
Ingredients: Sri Lankan curry, sweet potato, green bean, roasted lime cashews, pea basmati rice, coconut tomato sambal.
The Good Life Eatery
The Good Life Eatery exudes the vegan lifestyle from the moment you walk in! The hipster setting, colourful juices and surplus Acai bowls offer customers the chance to capture the perfect Instagram post!
It is no surprise that this up market vegan hang out has it's bases in Chelsea, Belgravia, Marylebone, and, St. John’s Wood.
One of their famous Acai bowls. If you're going to test try being a vegan then an Acai bowl is a good starting point.
It can be eaten in the evening, as a protein substitute, or, most commonly for breakfast.
Ingredients: Acai Mix, Homemade Granola, Banana, Pineapple, Green Apple, Desiccated Coconut.
The Arancini Ball: This is a ball of heaven. Even for first time vegan diners this ball of goodness is a guilt free and filling treat set to make you want to order more.
Ingredients: Filled with cashew cream cheese & sunblush tomato, spinach & kale pesto.
Vanilla Black is a posh, beautifully presented and luxurious destination for anyone wanting to try some excellent vegan dishes.
Real thought has been put into the menu and this is reflected in the presentation and creative display of the food.
Set up in 2004, Vanilla Black uses only fresh ingredients. They avoid heavy foods such as pasta and meat substitutes and instead seek for the perfect vegetarian dishes cooked to perfection.
Location: Chancery Lane.
Vanilla Black's 5 Course Set Menu: every newbie vegan should try vegan food made by the best chefs. Tasting vegan food in this way, and in particular with the wine pairing will make you see "healthy" food in a new light.
Ingredients (taken from the set-menu): Cucumber, Sticky Rice and Ginger Purée, Pickled Cucumber Ketchup and Seaweed.
Price: £Both menus £55.00 per person
Wine pairing £32.00 per person