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Great restaurants for Vegetarians

Who needs meat anyway? We show you London's most innovative and creative vegetarian eateries.

Lentils? Mmmm. Alfalfa sprouts? Mmmm. Haricot beans AND spinach? Double mmmmm. The path of the vegetarian diner is littered with the jibes and snobbery of the steak-o-phile; "lettuce leaf" and "nut roast" are their most caustic ammunition... but when was the last time you saw "Lettuce leaf a la parsley" or "Nut roast a la more nut roast" in the vegetarian section of a menu? Exactly.

In truth you'll actually find your mouth watering at the prospect of baby cauliflower tart, black pea houmous and chargrilled spring onion with smoked onion sauce or chargrilled asparagus, summer truffles shavings and sweet cicely sabayon - and if you don't like the sound of that... well, there's probably something wrong with you.

45 Lexington Street W1F 9AN
Region: Soho Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Mildredís does vegetarian and vegan dishes, influenced by both Asian and European cuisine. With dishes like sweet potato and cashew nut curry, and amaretto baked peach and nectarine itís little wonder itís always packed to the rafters.

  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 6/10

The Gate Vegetarian Restaurant
51 Queen Caroline Street W6 9QL
Region: Hammersmith Nearest Station: Hammersmith (District) (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: This Hammersmith restaurant, situated in a bright artistís studio, has been serving vegan and vegetarian fare since 1989. Youíll find European and Middle Eastern influences in dishes like aubergine schnitzel, dolcelatte and apple risotto and the intriguingly named Indo-Iraqi potato cake.

  • USERS 10/10

Vanilla Black
17-18 Tooks Court EC4A 1LB
Region: The City Nearest Station: Chancery Lane (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Vanilla Black does the unthinkable: hearty British food minus the meat. Their glorious concoctions include things like poached egg with hickory smoked potato croquette and pineapple pickle. The restaurant also benefits from being ultra-stylish, and it's garnered the praise of food critics and veggies alike. In 2012 they opened sister site Orchard in Holborn.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 7/10

High Street Kensington W8 5SE
Region: Kensington Nearest Station: High Street Kensington (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Saf's original branch in Shoreditch was the first restaurant to introduce raw vegan food to gourmands in the capital. They make cheese from cashew nuts and dressings with tahini and wasabi, and their healthy, innovative approach to cuisine earned them the Evening Standardís Best Vegetarian Restaurant award in 2010. Now located above Whole Foods on High Street Kensington.


Food For Thought
31 Neal Street WC2H 9PR
Region: Covent Garden Nearest Station: Covent Garden (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: This teensy eatery has been going since 1974, and the emphasis is on offering unprocessed, un-microwaved, fresh food. The menu changes daily, but you can expect things like curry, goulash and quiche, mostly for under a fiver.

  • USERS 6/10

Wild Food Cafe
14 (1st floor) Neal's Yard WC2H 9DP
Region: Covent Garden Nearest Station: Covent Garden (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: At Wild Food Cafť everything is prepared freshly on the premises, from the shiitake mushroom and olive burgers to the ice cream, and the open plan kitchen means you can watch your meal being made. The delectable menu proves that raw vegan food can be both nutritious and delicious.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10

92 Berwick Street Soho W1F 0QD
Region: Soho Nearest Station: Leicester Square (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: More of a cafť than a restaurant, Beatroot is ideal for a cheap lunch. Portions are huge and everything is served in a carton box; there are salads, vegan cakes, and hot dishes including moussaka, shepherdís pie and veggie sausage rolls.

  • USERS 10/10

12 - 14 Heddon Street W1B 4DA
Region: Mayfair Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Tibits is self-service, therefore piling as much as possible onto a plate is not unusual. There are salads made with superfoods like quinoa, samosas, herby focaccias, pasta dishes, croquettes and lush desserts; they also have a thoughtful selection of wines, some of which are organic, and cocktails.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10

17A Percy Street W1T 1DU
Region: Marylebone Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: This South Indian restaurant caters to both vegans and vegetarians. Extremely good value for money (takeaway lunchtime specials comprising salad, two types of curry, raitha, rice and naan bread start from £3.25) and with flavoursome dishes featuring creamy coconut sauces and plenty of spices.


inSpiral lounge
Camden High Street NW1 8QS
Region: Camden Nearest Station: Camden Town (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Donít be put off by the hippy-dippy name of this vegan eatery, their food extends to a lot more than the usual curries and risottos. Instead youíll find Thai bean patties and dauphinoise made with celeriac, cashew cheese and hazelnuts. Plus their mouthwatering cakes are excellent, as well as low in cholesterol and saturated fat.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 9/10

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