Kalifornia Kitchen, Fitzrovia
Open for just a year, Kalifornia Kitchen has fast become one of the capital’s most popular vegan restaurants. The team is passionate about creating nutritious and sustainable food and drinks, focusing on the power of plants and abstaining from any animal products or harmful plastics. Inspired by the LA health scene – as its name may suggest – this Fitzrovia spot serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is also available via collection or delivery. The team recommends starting your day with one of its CBD lattes. The perfect accompaniment, we hear, to an order of buckwheat and banana pancakes.
20 Percy Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1DZ
Biff’s Jack Shack, Walthamstow
This vegan street-food team uses one of 2019’s hottest ingredients to craft its ‘filthy junk food’ – the jackfruit. Burgers topped with ‘bacon’ and blue ‘cheese’ hit the mark for indulgent flavours, but it’s the team’s signature dish, crispy fried jackfruit, that’s the real winner. Jackfruit is braised, double dipped in a panko crumb and fried to create a meat-like texture. The ‘wings’ are even served on sugarcane bone for an authentic feel. We’re impressed.
24-26 Orford Road, Walthamstow, E17 9NJ
By Chloe, Various Locations
New York’s hippest vegan restaurant launched in London in 2018, bringing with it brunch staples such as quinoa hash browns and smoothie bowls. We love its vegan mac ’n’ cheese, which incorporates sweet potato cashew cream and crispy shiitake bacon. This month, By Chloe has joined forces with vegan chef Rachel Ama to create a selection of tasty plant-based dishes that will feature on the menu throughout November. Drawing inspiration from her Caribbean and West African roots, Rachel’s additions to the London menu are BBQ jerk cauliflower, Thai green curry, and a Caribbean wrap.
34-43 Russell Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5HA; 6 Duchess Walk, London Bridge, SE1 2SD; 4-5 Langham Place, Marylebone, W1B 3DG
Club Mexicana, Hackney
With a menu boasting some of the best tacos in London, Club Mexicana is a stalwart on the vegan food scene. These Mexican morsels are bursting with flavour and spice. The team’s showstopper is ‘To-fish’ tacos – beer-battered tofu wrapped in seaweed and topped with fresh chillies, shredded lettuce and chimichurri sauce. You can find its delicious creations at KERB Seven Dial's Market, Dinerama in Shoreditch and at its permanent site, The Spread Eagle in Hackney – London’s first ever all-vegan pub.
224 Homerton High Street, Hackney, E9 6AS
Farm Girl Cafe, Various Locations
With cafés in Chelsea, Notting Hill and Soho, Farm Girl offers a bright, casual spot for health-conscious breakfasts and smoothies. Kick things off with something from its extensive selection of coffees (anyone for a ‘Liquid Gold Latte’?) and a fresh watermelon juice, before choosing between the likes of turmeric birchers (oats soaked with turmeric, honey, cinnamon, sesame seeds and almond milk, topped with candied nuts and strawberries) or buckwheat pancakes with amber maple syrup, topped with mixed berries and coconut shavings.
59A Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11 3DB; 1 Carnaby Street, Soho, W1F 9QG; 9 Park Walk, Chelsea, SW10 0AJ
Farmacy, Notting Hill
Notting Hill’s Farmacy is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Run by Camilla Fayed, the restaurant offers an array of plant-based dishes in a stylish environment with a large bar and cosy booths. The menu is inspired by dishes from around the globe, supports both vegan and vegetarian diets, and is free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals. Comfort food classics including the ‘Farmacy Burger’ come highly recommended as do brunch specials such as the truffled mac ’n’ cheese, Mexican earth bowl and chocolate-chip waffles.
74-76 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W2 5SH
The menu at Genesis is entirely plant-based, GMO-free and organic, and draws on global street food influences. The casual setting and counter-style service ensures food is delivered fresh, fast and fuss-free, while the restaurant’s contemporary design and striking neon artwork promises a fun and relaxed dining experience. We like the sound of the ‘American Woman’ burger (coleslaw, BBQ sauce, onion rings, jalapenos and gherkins) followed by a vegan brownie sundae.
144 Commercial Street, Shoreditch, E1 6NU
Hemsley + Hemsley, Marylebone
Health food gurus Hemsley + Hemsley know a thing or two about rustling up a wholesome, nourishing plate. The vegan dishes in their Selfridges café are no less inspiring, with each plate filled with goodness, and free from gluten, grains, refined sugar and hydrogenated vegetable oils. Choose from delicious combos of quinoa with roasted vegetables and basil pesto; puy lentil and beetroot salad with mustard; baba ganoush with crudités and crackers; spiced red lentil soup; and squash and spiralised beetroot noodle salad.
400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, W1A 1AB
Kin Cafe, Fitzrovia
Kin Café offers fresh and healthy food in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. To keep it interesting for regulars, there’s an ever-changing menu that focuses on vegetarian dishes, with strong vegan offerings and some gluten-free and raw options too. Breakfast and brunch combines hearty autumnal and winter favourites such as cauliflower rosti with roasted cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and vegan mayo, alongside a selection of toast and sandwiches, speciality coffees and organic juices. Sticking to the healthy ethos, expect various seasonal pots containing superfoods, nuts and fruits, to give your day the perfect kick-start.
22 Foley Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 6DT
Mildred’s, Various Locations
These homely veggie and vegan hotspots make you feel as though you’re sitting in someone’s living room, which only adds to the laid-back dining experience. Notable dishes include wood-roasted mushroom and ale pie with mushy peas and fries; Sri Lankan sweet potato and green bean curry with roasted lime cashews, pea basmati rice and coconut tomato sambal; and southern deep-fried vegan buttermilk and panko mock-chicken with red cabbage, maple coleslaw, sweet potato fries and smoked chipotle dip. The flagship Soho branch is almost always packed, so if you can’t bag a spot there (they exercise a strict no-bookings policy) head to the Dalston, Camden or King’s Cross venues instead.
45 Lexington Street, Soho, W1F 9AN; 200 Pentonville Road, King’s Cross, N1 9JP; 9 Jamestown Road, Camden, NW1 7BW; 1 Dalston Square, Dalston, E8 3GU
Redemption Bar, Various Location
Located in Notting Hill, Covent Garden and Shoreditch, Redemption Bar is London’s only vegan, sugar-free, wheat-free and alcohol-free restaurant. The restaurant’s motto is ‘spoil yourself without spoiling yourself’, and its ethos is rooted firmly in caring for the planet and its animals. That’s not to say this has to be a saintly experience. Menu highlights include the ‘Buff Burger’ (shiitake mushroom, black bean and ruby beet burger with tomato, lettuce, caramelised red onion marmalade and sweet potato fries); slow-cooked jackfruit in BBQ sauce, served with sauerkraut slaw and sweet potato fries; and banoffee pie (a chewy nutty chocolate base with sticky medjool date salted caramel, bananas and coconut cream).
6 Chepstow Road, Notting Hill, W2 5BH; 320 Old Street, Shoreditch, EC1V 9DR; 15 Short’s Gardens, Covent Garden, WC2H 9AT
Wild Food Café, Islington
A stalwart on the vegan scene, restaurants don’t come much healthier than this. Case in point: the Ayurvedic super salad made with lamb’s lettuce, amaranth, spiralised courgette, hijiki seaweed, slices of artichoke hearts, avocado, cucumber, red pepper cubes, coriander and rocket with parsley pesto and mango salsa, along with savoury seeds (soaked to activate the germination process), leafy greens, spices and marinated shiitake mushrooms. Brunch comprises ‘Holy Granola’ with raw coconut yoghurt, mango, banana, avocado, goji, wild berry jam and nut butter; and avocado on gluten-free buckwheat toast served with wild leaf pesto, cashew aioli, pickled mooli, pomegranate, pumpkin seeds and chilli flakes.
269-270 Upper Street, Islington, N1 2UQ
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