What to See
What’s not to love about Soho’s finest vegetarian restaurant? Organic, fresh and hearty meals in a relaxed yet sophisticated locale. Mildred’s serves up plates of chickpea and cauliflower tagine, Sri Lankan sweet potato and cashew nut stew and mixed mushroom, porcini and ale pie, these are substantial dishes leaving no customer going home hungry. All wines, coffee and milk are organic as well as the vegetables ensuring it’s as saintly as it is delicious.
For more information visit mildreds.co.uk
This is a restaurant that takes vegetarian cuisine to a whole new level. Gone are the pots of veggie slop, here you’ll find how vegetables fare under a haute cuisine spotlight. Think starter of brie ice cream, pickled plums and mulled custard or grilled carrot cake and sheep’s yoghurt. Mains include salted and ash baked celeriac and forage sea asters or double baked Ribblesdale pudding and smoked croquettes. The interior is soft and muted making it a cosy and intimate place to dine, and with a menu this intriguing vegetarians and meat lovers will be delighted from course to course.
For more information vanillablack.co.uk
The Gate Restaurant, Islington
The newest offering from the clan behind the Gate in Hammersmith, a stalwart of London’s vegetarian dining scene, The Gate Restaurant in Islington hits the spot for flavoursome and gutsy vegetarian food. Flavours veer to the Mediterranean and Middle East with mezze platters, courgette flowers stuffed with fava beans, feta, mint and pine nuts, beetroot cannelloni or wild mushroom risotto cake. The atmosphere is laid-back, bright and airy and equally comfortable for a lunch or dinner.
For more information visit thegaterestaurants.com
The Southern Indian cuisine at Rasa is a no-brainer for vegetarians and spice lovers of London. These dishes are full on flavour, but as South Indian food is often vegetarian it doesn’t fell like something is missing. Masala dosas, thick lentil curries and paneer sit alongside spicy potatoes and lemon or tamarind rice. Flavours are fresh, coconut is plentiful and the menu is varied – this is a vegetarian pit-stop for absolutely everyone.
For more information visit rasarestaurants.com
Manna is possibly the oldest vegetarian only upscale restaurant in London just celebrating its 47th year is quite an achievement for any London restaurant, meat free or not. It has the sort of chi-chi exterior befitting of its Primrose Hill location and a smart casual interior with white tablecloths, low lighting and woodland-inspired wallpaper. The menu is eclectic offering cannellini bean sliders, smoked cashew cheese fajitas and Jamaican pot stew.
For more information visit mannav.com