Is everyone not a little bit veggie these days? As National Vegetarian Weeks kicks off on the 13 May, we’ve selected the most innovative and delicious spots in East London next to Liverpool Street to sample the best vegetarian food the city has to offer…
Dim sum and congee at Yauatcha City at Broadgate Circle
For a taste of Yauatcha City’s delicate way with dim sum, their City Lunch menu (£28pp) is unparalleled. With a dim sum platter featuring black pepper vegetarian chicken dumpling, crystal dumpling wrap with pumpkin, mushroom spring roll and the incredible, have-to-try-it-once fried vegetarian duck (roughly cut tofu with plum and hoisin), this is vegetarian food done with panache. Meanwhile, their Vegetable congee with choi sum and lotus root is just the ticket when you’re feeling in need of a delicate pick-me-up.
What the reviews say: “Three hours later, I made my way home, full of Yauatcha's legendary dim sum and after tasting some of the best desserts in my life. I can't wait to go back." Great British Chefs
The ultimate veggie breakfast at Grind at Broadgate Circle
Sweet potato harissa cakes, poached egg (£9.50); raw breakfast salad, avocado, grains, egg (£8); buttermilk pancakes, blueberries and cream (£9); Super Greens Juice with kale, spinach, celery, romaine, cucumber, apple, lemon (£4.25)… Grind Liverpool Street is a temple to veggie breakfasts with attitude while their vegan offering includes porridge, coconut, blackberry, pistachio (£6) and chia pudding, oat brittle, raspberries (£6). Enjoy people, enjoy!
What the reviews say: “With the Grind roastery just down the road, you’ll still be getting that praise-showered coffee fix, and you can also find freshly squeezed juices and cold presses as part of the all-day menu. But come the evening, there’s plenty of space at the bar to sample some classic Grind cocktails (including a mean espresso martini)” The Nudge on Clerkenwell Grind
Coffee and toastie at Redemption Roasters at Finsbury Avenue Square
Sometimes you just need a quick hit on the move. The brand new post of Redemption Roasters (which trains offenders to become world-class baristas and some of the nicest coffee teams you’ll ever meet) is now at Finsbury Avenue Square serving veggie-friendly cake, pastries and toasties to meet your carb-craving needs.
What the reviews say: “We encountered a warm welcome at Redemption, with the barista enthusiastically explaining the bar menu and the coffees on offer and recommending his preference for the best brewing method for the beans on offer." Bean There on Holborn Redemption Roasters
Move over margherita at Franco Manca at Broadgate Circle
Franco Manca are famous for two things: perfect sourdough and their eclectic toppings. Which means that veggie lovers don’t have to just settle for the Neapolitan classic (although quite frankly the chemical balance of special tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil makes our hearts skip a beat) with weekly updated pizza toppings such as roasted courgettes, ricotta, mozzarella, yellow tomatoes from Vesuvio and fresh mint leaves (£7.95) and salads including roasted butternut squash, artichokes, dry San Marzano tomatoes, goat’s curd, walnuts, alfalfa sprouts, mixed salad leaves and house dressing (£7.75). Yum.
What the reviews say: “I adore their slow-rising sourdough pizza bases and the fact that the ingredients are either organic Italian or locally sourced, definitely appeals to me. It’s also incredibly affordable, you can easily bag you’re a pizza for £6 – and even though it’s cheap, they don’t comprise on taste.” Active In London
The best veggie/vegan burger in town at Patty and Bun at Broadgate Circle
Meet Patty and Bun’s Portobello ‘Dig It’ Mushroom Burger composed of braised field mushroom fritter with garlic parsley butter, cheese sauce and served with coleslaw, lettuce, tarragon mayo on the perfect brioche bun (£8.75). Plus, they’ve now launched the vegan Whoopie Goldburger for #plant-based joy. Also note that their chips with rosemary salt are dangerously good. Open Monday to Friday from 11.30am-3pm, this is the most decadent of veggie lunches.
What the reviews say: “It is a down to earth and no frills burger spot with friendly service and nice ambiance.” Squaremeal on Patty & Bun Liverpool Street
A veggie lunch of heroes at Theatre Deli at Finsbury Avenue Square
The perfect creative spot to hide away near Liverpool Street is the welcoming Theatre Deli. Perfect for meetings with friends and office colleagues thanks to its airy eating space or long chats over lunch, their salad deli is a rainbow selection of fresh veg, grains and beets. Get there early to snap up the best bits is our advice. Book tickets to one of their eclectic shows too…
What the reviews say: “It’s a gem off Liverpool Street or Moorgate. Lovely decor and great atmosphere within the bar with good choice of drinks and food. Genuine artistic vibes and good space on the tables for business meet ups. The place is inspiring!” Tripadvisor
Hirata and ramen at Shoryu Ramen at Broadgate Circle
If you’re going to try a veggie hirata then start with Shoryu Ramen’s halloumi and pumpkin croquette buns (from £4.50). The Japanese mayo alone is addictive and moreish while the spicy vegetarian ramen is made with white natural broth, miso, broccoli and garlic mayu (£13.90). We’d also really recommend the crispy brussels sprouts tempura (a hit of deliciousness at £6).
What the reviews say: "One of the tastiest ramens in London. Tasty yakitori as well as they are a rare find – very happy with the quality! Staff are cheerful, friendly and always ready to help with advice." Bookatable.com
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