Wednesday, 8 June 2016

A Vegetarian's Guide to Eating Out in London, UK: Part 1

Here's a list of places that do great vegetarian food in London. This list is not exhaustive at all, I'll most likely be coming back to this post and adding more places. Not all restaurants/cafes listed here are fully vegetarian, so they'll be perfect for all types of eaters. Think of it as a friendly guide. A mix of casual and slightly fancy eateries. 

Mildreds (Soho)

Address: 45 Lexington St, London W1F9AN, United Kingdom
Tube stop: Oxford Circus
Number: +44 20 7494 1634
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 12pm - 11pm, closed Sundays.
Reservations: No

A fully vegetarian restaurant that also serves up plenty of vegan options. The picturesque exterior of Mildreds leads into a dimly lit and cosy eating venture with bustling noise, and inventive vegetarian dishes. As they don't take reservations, it's likely that you'll have to wait for a table, but it's worth it, trust me. They have share plates as well as individual dishes. I highly recommend the pumpkin, ricotta and sage tortellini with wild mushrooms and marsala cream sauce, it was simply amazing. 

The Gate (Hammersmith)

Address: 51 Queen Caroline St, Hammersmith W69QL, United Kingdom
Tube stop: Hammersmith
Number: +44 20 8748 6932
Opening times: Monday to Sunday 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 11pm
Reservations: Yes, although not necessary

Another fully vegetarian restaurant with vegan options. The Gate in Hammersmith has high ceilings, and a huge roof to floor window that lets sunlight shine through. It's the most relaxing and beautiful place to enjoy vegetarian food. They have many daily specials and the menu seems to be constantly changing. 

Ippudo (Crossrail Place)

Address: CR 28, Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, London E145AR, United Kingdom
Tube stop: Canary Wharf
Number: +44 20 3326 9485
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 11:30am - 9:30pm, Sunday 11:30am - 8:30pm
Reservations: No

VEGAN RAMEN. Need I say more? While offering Hakata style ramen with all the goods, as well as gyoza, baos etc), Ippudo serves up three different types of completely vegan ramen that tastes like the traditional soupy noodle dish without the added animal fat.

Ottolenghi (Notting Hill)

Address: 63 Ledbury Rd, Notting Hill, London W112AD, United Kingdom
Tube stop: Notting Hill Gate
Number: +44 20 7727 1121
Opening times: Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm, Saturday 8am - 7pm, Sunday 8:30am - 6pm
Reservations: No

The work of culinary mastermind Ottolenghi, his self titled cafe is more of a takeaway shop, although there is a ten seater table down the back to enjoy hot dishes as well as counter ready food. I highly recommend getting the small or large salad box that comes with your choice of different vegetables, where Ottolenghi's inventive spice and herb combinations are fully realised. Sweet treats are available to finish off as well.

Check out the full review: Ottolenghi


Address: 21-22 Warwick St, London W1B5NE, United Kingdom
Tube stop: Oxford Circus
Number: +44 20 7494 9584
Opening times: Monday to Thursday 8am - 4pm, 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday 8am - 10:30pm, Saturday 10am - 10:30pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm
Reservations: Yes

Another one from Ottolenghi, Nopi serves up delicious food with an emphasis on vegetable dishes. Think coconut chickpea patties, and courgette and manouri fritters, as well as cocktails and desserts like baked ganache. Hidden within busy shopping district Oxford Street, it's a central place to eat yummy food after or before shopping.

Koya Bar 

Address: 50 Firth St, London W1D4SQ, United Kingdom
Tube stop: Piccadilly Circus
Opening times: Monday to Wednesday 8:30am - 10:30pm, Thursday and Friday 8:30am - 11pm, Saturday 9:30am - 11pm, Sunday 9:30am - 10pm
Reservations: No

Koya Bar dedicates it's small quarters to the versatile udon noodles. They have all sorts of options, hot noodles in hot soups, cold noodles in cold soup, hot noodles in cold soup etc etc, as well as vegetarian options. Casual, fast, dinning at its best. This place can get super busy though, so try to get there early as there are limited seats. 

Check out the full review: Koya Bar