Gone are the days of the dreaded goat's cheese tart. From floral-inspired mains to grain and supergreen salads, embracing a healthier, more sustainable and ethical way of eating seems like a no brainer.
Step into the veggie world this National Vegetarian Week (14-20 May) at Broadgate and explore the incredible array of delights and flavours.
The thinking breakfast at pod
Head to pod for meat-free breakfasts with attitude. They've just launched almond milk porridges (if you want to try on some vegan for size) and also do one of the best hangover cures ever created: the avocado and chilli toasted sandwich. Boost your five-a-day even further with a lean green bean smoothie featuring avocado, edamame beans, spinach, apple juice, mango and ginger. Veggie x 20.
On-the-go grabs from Beany Green
For protein balls, leaf-filled wraps and falafel plus amazing smoothies (try the 'Go bananas smoothie' featuring banana, fat free frozen yogurt, low fat milk and agave, served with banana chips and bee pollen). Yum.
Make-your-own poké bowls at Island Poké
Be inspired by their veggie roasted beetroot with chilli lime shoyu, brown rice, pineapple chilli salsa, spiced macadamia nuts, pickled ginger, spring onion and sesame seeds then mix-and-match your own selection building from rice, greens or slaw, add beetroot then finish with house toppings. Prepare to become addicted.
The floral prix fixe at Aubaine
With two courses for £16.50, Aubaine's brand-new floral inspired menu is your elegant choice for veggie week – earthy heritage tomato and feta salad topped with borage flowers then pea and mint risotto embellished with delicate white violas anyone? What's French for vegetarian?*
Legendary fast food at Baba G's
Around 200,000 Indian potato burgers are sold in Mumbai everyday – and Baby G's Bombay Potato Burger will help you understand why. Masala fries on the side are a must.
Small bites at Yauatcha City's Tanqueray Tea Garden
Golden truffle croquettes, dry-fried edamame bean and morel mushroom roll – all served with the signature gin and tea cocktails at the pop-up garden (may we recommend the summer in a glass: Tanqueray London Dry gin, Dragon’s Well green tea, Fever-Tree light elderflower tonic and lemon).
Veggie pizza by a Michelin-starred chef at Franco Manca
Red piennolo tomatoes, roasted potatoes, red onions, mozzarella, capers, Nocellara del Belice black olives and fresh mint... It's essentially a classic Aeolian salad reimagined as a pizza by Italy's youngest Michelin starred chef, Martina Caruso.
*It's végétarien, unsurprisingly...