Possibly due to its prodigious reputation as melting pot of multicultural influences, from the fashions to the language to the music – and yes definitely food – London has become one of the hottest destinations for foodies from all over the world. Even if you’re not that into food, these vegan joints serve up some tasty and unique but unpretentious dishes that even the carnivores in your life can enjoy too.
Plant Burger at Honest Burger
Not known for doing things by halves, this upmarket burger chain launched their Plant Burger only last year. Using Beyond Meat’s unique Beyond Burger, which is specially constructed to have the ‘meaty’ texture of a real beef patty, the Plant Burger proved incredibly popular when it trialled at Honest Burger’s King’s Cross store. They now serve them at 90% of their locations across the UK. Having personally tried a few of them, this reviewer can say they are as close to the taste of genuine beef as you can get in a substitute. The pinky texture is provided by pea proteins and beetroots, as well ‘umami’ flavouring. Honest Burger serve it up with smoked vegan ‘Gouda Cheese’ and a chickpea-based chipotle mayo. Mouth-watering!
The Vegan Buffet at 222Vegan
222Vegan is known for featuring all kinds of world dishes from vegan twists on English classics such as pie and mash, to more exotic fare like their baked yam based west-African dish Egusi. Slightly more upmarket than the rest of this list, 222Vegan is saved by their amazing £10 lunch buffet. All – you – can – eat, of some of the best and most innovative vegan food in the capital. For 10 sheets.
Need we say any more?
Jackfruit Burritos & Seitan Tacos at Club Mexicana
Serving an everchanging menu of Mexican-inspired Vegan street food since 2013, Club Mexicana has become a bit of a London institution – for those in the know. Sample delights from past menus include pulled jackfruit burritos with avocado verde and mustard (vegan) mayo as well as Seitan ‘fish’ tacos with pickled cabbage and chipotle chilli oil. Then there’s also the Mexican staple of loaded nachos, which never had to be carnivorous to be gorgeous in the first place. Find them in food markets across the capital, including Shoreditch, Camden and Canary Wharf. Oh, and just this year the team behind the brand created The Spreadeagle – the first fully vegan pub in the whole of London.
‘Chicken’ Burgers at Temple of Seitan
There’s nothing like a greasy burger to finish off a night out on the tiles of London town, and (as much as we wish they would) your average kebab shop veggie burger often just doesn’t cut the – vegan – mustard. Not so at the Temple of Seitan though. They’ve gone so far with it that nothing on the menu is explicitly labelled as vegan – it just all is. That’s from the ‘cheese’ to the ‘chicken’ burgers themselves that are made from wheat gluten proteins called Seitan. While they may not have that almost-perfect meaty texture of a Beyond Meat burger, it makes a gloriously thick and chewy chicken substitute. We also recommend the BBQ ‘ribs’ served with fresh side salad, that you can snack on as you meander along the famous canals near to their Camden branch.