Five Unique London Vegetarian Restaurants
Whether you’re looking for pure vegetarian restaurants or just a vegetarian cafe, London has some real hidden treasures.
The Gate, Hammersmith – The King of London Vegetarian Restaurants
The Gate is next to a church and, indeed, the inside feels sacred, with high ceilings and simple furniture. It hums to the sound of conversation yet seems intimate, even romantic, despite the echoing acoustics.
The food is superb. It’s a kind of Asian-Mediterranean fusion, but owners the Daniel brothers are never constricted in their style. The butternut and cashew samosa is a joy; the aubergine schnitzel is welcome compensation for those of us who will never try the Vienna kind; and the lavender creme brulee makes a beautiful finish. Organic wines and beers are available; vegans well catered for.
£30 per head for three courses with drinks will leave you extremely satisfied. Ideal place to take a prospective veggie girlfriend or boyfriend. Make sure you book ahead – it’s always packed: 020 8748 6932 or visit their website.
Bonnington Cafe, Vauxhall – A Special Vegetarian Cafe
This one takes some finding, but it’s worth it. Out of Vauxhall station, walk down Harleyford Road towards The Oval cricket ground and take a right onto Vauxhall Grove.
It’s an extraordinary place, probably unlike any other eatery in London. A community project run by a collection of cooks, the menu is completely different every day. Some days it’s strictly vegan, others it’s Indian or Chinese, but it’s always lovingly homemade. The bohemian atmosphere is complemented by rickety chairs and mismatched cutlery. Above all, it’s an incredibly friendly place – and cheap! £7 for mains, £3 for desserts and starters.
Great place to take the parents on Sunday lunchtimes. Quite often it’s worth booking ahead.
VitaOrganic, SoHo – One of the Top Pure Vegetarian Restaurants in LondonA tiny place on Wardour Street, but fantastic for a good detox. It willingly provides a health-mule-kick in the gut it’s so damn healthy. The food is never cooked over 40 degrees farenheit so that none of the goodness is lost.
Pitch up, queue up, choose four or five scoops of the many dishes on offer and away you go. The vegetable moussaka is very tasty as is their stupendous daal, but there’s something for everyone here, including innovative salads and astonishingly good-for-you health juices.
No wheat, plenty for vegans, eat-in or take-away. Very good as a pre-show meal before you whisk your other half off to watch Wicked.
Cafe Below, Nr. St Pauls – Not Strictly a London Veggie Restaurant
Established by renowned veggie food writer Bill Sewell, this place was serving vegetarian specials long before it became almost trendy to ditch the meat. Not a veggie-only venue, though.
It used to be called The Place Below, but was difficult to find, buried as it is in the crypt of St Mary-le-Bow Church, so the name changed. It’s open for all three meals of the day, so pop in whether you want porridge, salad or a Moroccan vegetable casserole.
Perfect place to take that City hottie you quietly lust after.
Indian Veg Bhel-Poori House, Islington – Cheap Vegetarian Food in London
If you’re hungry and forgot Mr Credit Card, this is the place to come. Extraordinarily cheap buffet both at lunchtime and in the evenings makes this a no-brainer when you’re looking for something quick and filling.
It’s proud of its veggie ethics, which is comforting as you munch on one of their curries or drink one of their famed soya lassis. Only about £4 to eat as much as you want – perfect for a fifth date if you’re a student.