London is a more diverse and creative food destination than it’s ever been and as an increasing number of people adopt plant-based diets, restaurants and chefs are eager to cater to the growing trend - making eating in London exciting in a way it’s never been before.
London’s Soho is very densely populated with a bar, restaurant, cafe bustled in every street and corner. Here is a little plant-based guide to help you navigate your way through Soho’s thrilling food scene.
Since 2011, and definitely before it has become a staple of London breakfasts, we have been frequents of Nopi for its champion-of-all-shakshukas. Must go if you are a fan of Ottolenghi cooking, but want something a bit more special. Its central location, beautiful design and delicious middle eastern food pleases not only the vegetarians but all.
There are many things we admire about Asma Khan, chef and owner of all-female kitchen at Darjeeling Express. Not only is her food the stuff of legends, but she is also smart, challenges stereotypes, injustice and discrimination. Asma and her food are not only trailblazing here in the UK, but also internationally, as she was the first British chef to be featured on the popular Netflix series, Chef’s Table.
This Soho institution is probably the best and one of the oldest plant-forward restaurants in town. The salad bar is a haven of gluten free, veggie or vegan options. And as you may have guessed, there is no meat on the menu at Mildred's. Large dishes are just as exciting; choose from a healthy bowl, curry, burger or burrito.
A buzzy Peruvian food and drinks joint, capturing the good time spirit of Soho. We heartily approve of the many veggie, vegan and gluten free options, clearly mentioned on the menu. It won’t break the bank, unlike many other Soho eateries.
When escaping to paradise isn’t an option, it’s nice to know London has Hoppers to take us back to Sri Lanka. Here you find Sri Lankan and Tamil Nadu foodie heaven, with veggie offerings of kothu roti and karis. We love the root vegetable one, and recommend the okra and the plantain as well.
A Michelin starred restaurant that took vegetables seriously even before the word flexitarian was invented. Opening Gauthier Soho in 2010, the chef Alexi Gauthier knew from the very beginning that vegetables would be a main focus, and today his vegan menu stand shoulder to shoulder with the classic meat alternative.