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Vegan Food in London - Eight we Ate

International, United Kingdom, LondonThe Good HeartedComment

1. Nama - Vegan Raw Food Cafe

Nama
110 Talbot Rd,
London W11 1JR, UK

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Nama Artisan Raw Foods Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Raw food can be hit and miss (a mountain of zucchini 'pasta' comes to mind), but not at Nama. Try the 'No-meat feast' pizza (£14) with cultured cashew and chipotle cheese, semi dehydrated tomatoes, aubergine bacon, portobello sausage, crispy shallots and ketchup or the 'Full English' breakfast (£12), which includes cashew and coconut scrambled ‘eggs’ on artisan raw 'toast'.

Opening Hours:
Mon: Closed | Tue-Wed: 12–10pm | Thur-Sat: 12–11pm | Sun: 9am–6pm

 

2. Temple of Hackney - Vegan Fried Chicken Shop

Whether seitan gives you a 'mud guts' or not, it's just the rules that vegans visiting London have to swing by here. A '2 piece' with chipotle mayo (£5) will be enough delicious regret for some. The 'Temple spicy burger' with crispy fillet, cheese, coleslaw, jalapeños with hot sauce and chipotle mayo (£6) is another option, however it's definitely not a 'neat eat' – keep the napkins handy.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 12–9 | Sun: 12–6

Temple of Hackney
10 Morning Ln,
London E9 6NA, UK

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3. Tibits - Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant

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Tibits is changing the reputation of buffet restaurants, one piled up plate at a time. Stop by for a smorgasbord of fresh and interesting hot and cold vegan options to load onto your plate, which is then weighed and priced accordingly. Try a comforting hot lemon and ginger drink here too; especially useful if jet lag is still lurking.

Opening Hours: 
Mon-Wed: 9am–10.30pm | Thurs-Fri: 9am–Midnight | Sat: 11.30am–Midnight | Sun & Bank Holidays: 11.30am–10.30pm | Food served until 30 min before closing
 
Note: There's another Tibits in Bankside behind the Tate Modern (124 Southwark Street SE1 0SW) and whole bunch of them in Switzerland too.

Tibits
12-14 Heddon St, Mayfair, London
W1B 4DA, UK

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4. Norman's Coach & Horses - Vegan and Vegetarian Pub

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Norman's Coach & Horses
29 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 5DH UK

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Proudly declaring themselves as London’s first Vegetarian and Vegan pub, their signature dish is 'Tofish and Chips' (£11.95) – tofu wrapped in seaweed, marinated in lemon and battered in vegan beer batter served with peas, chips and vegan tartar sauce. It's crispy and comforting but would be hard pressed to rival Melbourne's Cornish Arm's. Vegan shortcrust organic pie 'n' mash (£10) flavours are aplenty, with the 'mushroom & leek' (paracini mushrooms and chestnuts in a creamy sauce) sounding pretty damn tempting.

Call ahead to make sure the kitchen is open: 020 7437 5920. We found Mondays to be unreliable so have not listed them open on that day.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 12pm–3pm/5pm–10pm | Sun: 12pm–9pm.

 

5. La Suite West - Vegan Afternoon Tea

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La Suite West
41-51 Inverness Terrace, London W2 3JN, UK

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There's nothing more British than a spot of afternoon tea, and the vegan offering at La Suite West Hotel is commendable. You can expect delicious sandwiches graced with the likes of cashew cream cheese and bbq tempeh, along with warm homemade scones with strawberries and whipped coconut cream, cakes, fresh roasted Italian coffee and a selection of loose leaf tea. If you're staying here (they also do a vegan full english breakfast), take advantage of the opportunity to pre-book your afternoon tea and you'll save around £12 each.

 

6. Planet Organic

Planet Organic
42 Westbourne Grove,
London W2 5SH, UK

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Planet Organic endeavours to supply the best and widest range of organic foods available, and there are plenty of vegan goodies in that mix (there is sooo much amazing chocolate). The hot food and salad bar is worth a visit for a quick and nutritious feed, where you'll find delicious curries, sides and soups – just check the labels for the cruelty free options labelled vegan.

Bowl sizes: small £4.99, medium £6.99, large £7.99
Complimentary filtered water and sparkling water available

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 7.30am–9pm | Sun:12pm–6pm

Note: Other UK locations are Wandsworth, Devonshire Square, Muswell Hill, Torrington Place, Islington, Tottenham Court Walk

 

7. The Gate Hammersmith

The Gate Hammersmith
51 Queen Caroline Street, London W6 9QL

phone: 020 8748 6932
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The Gate is an all vegetarian and vegan institution of sorts, that have been serving London for almost 3 decades. It’s a fine dining restaurant with accessible prices and unless you arrive early and eat quickly, you’ll definitely need to book a table. We tried the wild mushroom risotto cake with a creamy cep (mushroom) sauce, rocket & lemon truffle dressing ( £16) and shared the most amazing vegan Eton mess one could wish for (yep, I’m still dreaming about it). 

Opening Hours:
Mon–Fri: 12–2pm / 6–9pm | Sat:12–2:30 / 5–9pm | Sun:12– 9:15

Other locations are Islington and Marylebone

 

8. Mod Pizza

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Mod Pizza
17-18 Irving Street
London, WC2H 7AT
Sun-Thu 11AM-11PM
Fri-Sat 11AM-12AM
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Mod Pizza is not even a vegetarian pizza chain, let alone all vegan – but they do have vegan cheese and the servers do go to the trouble of changing into fresh gloves when making a vegan pizza. There are around 22 veggie toppings to choose from to build your own creation, the service is prompt and the prices are fair at £7.87 for an average size pizza. Do note that there are no vegan 'meats' on offer at this stage if that's a deal breaker for you. (hint, hint, if you're reading this Mod Pizza)

Opening Hours: 
Sun-Thu 11am–11pm | Fri-Sat 11am–12am

Note: Other UK locations are Leeds, Nottingham and Gatehead. There's also a whole bunch of them in the US as Mod was founded in Seattle.

 

Augustus Gloop Gelatery

7 days, Pascoe Vale, North, Icecream, Gluten FreeThe Good HeartedComment

Augustus Gloop Gelatery
15a Pascoe St,
Pascoe Vale VIC 3044

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Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am–11pm


Augustus Gloop Gelatery joins Miinot Gelato in serving up cold treats to the Pascoe Vale crowd, and business is absolutely booming.

All of the store-made sorbets on offer are vegan, and there are around 6-8 different flavours each day. Great flavours we've tried include piña colada, mango and watermelon sherbet; while some other flavours we've seen include lemon, strawberry, raspberry, coconut and turkish delight.

Pricing refers to 'gloops' instead of scoops, with 1 gloop for $4.50, 2 gloops for $6.50 or 3 gloops for $8.50 – enjoyed in a cup or waffle cone. Take away tubs are also available in a half litre ($12.50) or full litre ($20). 

 
Augustus Gloop Gelatery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Spiral Beans (Closed Down)

Bonsoy, Gluten Free, North, Preston, LicensedThe Good Hearted2 Comments

Spiral Beans
539 Plenty Rd
Preston VIC 3072

03 9478 1461
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Opening Hours:

Cafe: 
Tues-Fri: 8am-3pm
Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm

Dinner: 
Tues-Sun:
5.30-9.30pm


Spiral Beans is Yuka Mikayama's reincarnation of her homestyle Japanese cafe Disco Beans, and is a collaboration with Spiral Foods, who's greatest hits include the famed Bonsoy.

The focus at Spiral Beans is very much about traditional Japanese flavours within a predominantly organic vegan menu, with gluten free, raw, fermented and macrobiotic options to boot.

The 'Okara Nuggets' (gluten free $11.5) are shallow fried spiced chickpea nuggets, and have our approval. Funnily enough, okara defines as soy pulp or tofu dregs (!), but never fear as this dish proves fried tofu dregs to be very delicious! 

Yuka's version of 'Nasu Dengaku' (gluten free $11.50) or deep fried eggplant, is cut up into bite sized pieces making it easier to eat and share than the usual whole eggplant half we are used to.

As a hats off to Disco Beans, the much loved Okonomyaki (gluten free $19.5) remains on the menu, and is presented sizzling in a teppan. The sweet sauce and vegan mayo are both made by hand and from scratch and Spiral Beans are not afraid to declare that their version is better than any okonomyaki found in Osaka. I personally would have liked a bit more vegan mayo – slather it on I say!

The 'Soba Salad' ($18.5) is tossed in a wonderfully balanced homemade balsamic dressing, with greens and baked tempeh and was my favourite.

There are vegan desserts, including 'Coconut Milk Kuzu Pudding' along with an impressive range of high quality Japanese green tea. Japanese tea ceremonies are hosted and cooking classes are also available.

 
Spiral Beans Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

 

Loving Hut Northcote

All Vegan, Baked Goods, Desserts, Dinner, Gluten Free, North, Inner North, Northcote, Onion/Garlic Free, RawThe Good HeartedComment

Loving Hut
377-379 High St
Northcote
VIC 3070
(03) 9077 1335

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Opening Hours

Tue-Sat: 11am-10pm
Sun: 4.30pm-10pm


Loving Hut is an all vegan restaurant chain with over 200 stores worldwide, each offering different menus and qualities of service, but all united in the goal of bringing affordable vegan meals to the public. 

Behind the sect-like glowing signage, yellow walls, plastic bamboo, and tv screen illuminating Batman cartoons (on mute thankfully), Northcote Loving Hut is a damn good place for a consistently delicious meal, and it's huge interior makes it an easy choice for last minute dining if you have a big group to feed.

The menu offers a boundless array of everything that seems non-vegan at a glance. We're talking about dishes such as 'Southern fried chicken' ($16) (or 'The volcano' ($17) if your partial to smothering said dish in hot sauce), 'Lemon chicken' ($14), 'Katsu duck with plum sauce' ($14), 'Pan fried tuna fillet' ($13) and the list goes on and it's all vegan.

My favourite dish of the moment is 'Bambam' ($15), which is deep fried eggplant or prawns with creamy sriracha infused mayo on top, and puffed tofu. Loving Hut also do an authentic vegan 'Silken tofu pad thai' ($13), a classic 'Curry laksa' ($12) and various rice, noodle and vegetable dishes. There are almost 50 items on the menu, so I won't even attempt to list them all, but I will let you know that many can be ordered as gluten free, onion free and garlic free.

Desserts are also an option, with Zebra dream organic coconut ice-cream scoops, banana fritters, and an array of cakes and La Panella Bakery style baked goods, such as lemon tarts and caramel slice.

Head to the big freezer to secure a bulk pack of vegan hot dogs or bacon (these ones aren't classified by the World Health Organisation as being group 1 carcinogens - yay!), and there's usually a good supply of veganpet and v-dog (which is hard to find) pet food to snap up for your fur kids.

 

Smith & Deli

All Vegan, Baked Goods, Bakery, Bonsoy, Breakfast/Brunch, Gluten Free, Inner North, Lunch, Shop, Takeaway, Vegan Groceries, FitzroyThe Good Hearted1 Comment

Smith & Deli
111 Moor Street,
Fitzroy VIC 3065
(03) 9042 4117

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Opening Hours:
Tue to Sat 8am–7pm


Smith & Deli is an all vegan, New York style deli bought to life by our friends from Smith & Daughters. This is the place to stop by for bread, pastries, coffee, cheeses, meats (all vegan remember!), salads, soups, pies, meals to go and an incredible array of over 25 sandwiches.

Sandwiches are king at Smith & Deli and the menu may stun you with the sheer amount of options of available, so check it out before you go. The 'Rubenstein' ($15) is a good pick with pastrami, sauerkraut, pickles and Russian dressing on rye; or go for a 'Buffalo the Vampire Slayer' ($12) with buffalo tofu, ranch, shredded iceberg, carrot, onion and celery in a roll. Next time I think I'll channel Kevin and try the 'Home Alone' ($15) made up of turkey, roasted brussel sprouts, cranberry sauce, mashed potato & gravy, all on a roll. Gluten free bread is available for all sandwiches for an extra $2.

Some lighter options that are more in the breakfast camp are also on offer, including a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches ($8-$12), croissants, and chef Shannon Martinez's take on a popular fast food breakfast item with the 'Egg McMartinez' ($7) including egg, bacon and cheddar on an English muffin with your choice of sauce.

Meals to go, such as pizza ('pepperoni' $16), lasagne, pies (four different flavours everyday, in both single and family sizes), sausages, schnitzels, tofu and tempeh are all available.

The cabinets are full of sweet treats too, where (with options rotating daily) you might find 'Maple Bacon Donuts' ($5), 'Vanilla Slice ($6), 'Apple Pie Bars' ($5), 'Lemon Tarts' ($7) and much more.

Black coffee is $3.50 or $4 with non-dairy milk – or add an extra $2 for Smith & Deli's own fresh nut milk. The chai soy latte sweetened with agave nectar ($4) is great.

As their slogan goes: Thank you for being a friend, Smith & Deli!

 

Miinot Gelato

Desserts, Gluten Free, Icecream, North, Pascoe Vale SouthThe Good Hearted3 Comments

Miinot Gelato
71 Melville Road,
Pascoe Vale South
03 94375569

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Opening Hours:
Mon: 1-7pm
Tues: Closed
Wed-Fri: 1-7pm
Sat: 12-7pm
Sun: 12-5pm


North and westsiders no longer have to make the trek to Fitzroy to join the queues at Gelato Messina for amazing all-fruit based handmade gelato thanks to Miinot Gelato, which opened in late 2014 in Pascoe Vale South.

Miinot Gelato is an impeccably presented family run shop with a small, but fruitful selection of quality gelato, including around 4-5 vegan flavours on rotation. On our visit, the vegan choices included lemon, forest berries, mango and strawberry & pear. The vegan dark chocolate gelato is also usually on offer.

The flavours are intensely natural and if you're lucky you might even encounter a little chunk of fruit or berry seed. The mango gelato was a particular highlight and exceptionally creamy.

Whether you're after a single plain cone ($4.20), a double waffle cone ($5.80) or even a tiny cone ($2.50), Miinot Gelato can accommodate. Cups range from a tiny cup ($2.50) through to a quad cup ($7.20), or you can grab a 500ml ($15), 1000ml ($20) or 1500ml ($27) tub of your favourite flavours to devour at home.

 
Miinot Gelato Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

also visited by veganopoulous

Chew Burgers

Burgers, Dinner, Gluten Free, Lunch, North, PrestonThe Good Hearted2 Comments

Chew Burger
147 Plenty Road
Preston VIC 3072
(03) 9484 9720

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Opening Hours:
Tue-Thur: 12-9pm
Fri: 12-9.30pm
Sat-Sun: 12-9pm


Chew Burger popped up next to the The Racoon Club in early 2014 to bring burgers and fries to an otherwise quiet little strip in Preston. With the tip-off that they catered for vegans, we checked them out on a Friday night when they were bursting with takeaway orders and busy servicing the drinkers next door.

We discovered that there's actually only one vegan burger on the menu, aptly named 'Vegan' (GF $15). It has portobello mushroom, thyme, vegan mayo, guacamole, salsa and cos lettuce on a gluten free bun.

The burger's winning ingredient is the vegan mayo which they've really nailed, however it was let down a bit by the gluten free bun, which in the end dominated the flavours. Serving the vegan burger on a gluten free bun (substitute not allowed) led me to believe that perhaps this burger is intended as a 'cure all' for those pesky types who won't eat 'normal' food. Also, at $15 the price is really quite steep for a rather small burger.

We also tried a serve of 'Shoestring fries w/ roasted ghost chilli salt' and vegan mayo ($4.50). We're not sure if a mistake was made on the night, but the fries were sweet rather than salty. They looked as good as Trippy Taco's 'Trippy fries', but without any of the moreish salty goodness.

There's also an 'Apple, slaw, mint, pea salad' ($5) and a good array of Italian and Mexican soft drinks ($4.50-$4.50).

 
Chew Burgers Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Trippy Taco

7 days, All Vegetarian, Breakfast/Brunch, Fitzroy, Gluten Free, Inner North, Licensed, Lunch, TakeawayThe Good HeartedComment

Trippy Taco
234 Gertrude St
Fitzroy VIC 3065

(03) 9415 7711

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Opening Hours:
Mon-Tue: 11am-9pm
Wed-Sun: 11am-10pm

Phone orders taken up to 15 minutes before close.


Trippy Taco is a popular all vegetarian restaurant that has been churning out Mexican style fare to hungry Melburnians since 2006. By replacing dairy cheese with vegan cheese, and egg with tofu, almost all of the menu is on offer to vegans. 

The vegan 'Tofu Asada' burrito ($12.50) is a favourite choice, with spicy chargrilled tofu, salad, salsa, vegan cheese, fresh lime and if you're lucky you might even find a couple of sultanas hidden in there (trust me, it works!). Ask for your burrito to be 'Californian style' and they'll sneak some paprika-ry 'Trippy Fries' into the mix too. I should mention that some of the Trippy Taco burritos (while being delicious), do tend to be rather 'juicy' and can be messy to eat (don't say I didn't warn you).

Other menu items include a 'Breakfast Burrito' ($10.50) with scrambled tofu in lieu of egg, 'Vegan Nachos' ($11 regular, $17 large GF), Tacos (from $7.50 each GF), 'Quesadillas' with vegan cheese (from $9) and Taquitos ($12 GF). The 'Trippy Fries'  ($4.50 small, $6.50 regular) are an essential extra and have a delicious seasoning.

The vegan cheese of choice for Trippy used to be Cheezly, however they've now (controversially for some) changed over to using Daiya cheese. I'll confess to being a member of 'Team Cheezly', however the changeover is far from being a deal breaker.

Desserts can also be found, and include the 'Tamale Dessert' ($12), a sweet corn tamale with soy ice-cream, banana and maple syrup (ask for vegan version) or a veganised 'Nutella and Banana Melt' ($8) with vegan chocolate spread and banana melted in a flour tortilla.

Trippy Taco can get pretty busy and while there's a few tables, they do tend to fill up rather quickly. If you're after takeaway, it's good to phone your order in to avoid a wait. Also note that phone orders are taken up to 15 minutes before closing, however in my experience, staff may be too busy to answer the phone, so it's best to call as early as possible.

 

East Elevation

Bonsoy, Brunswick, Cafe, Gluten Free, Inner North, Licensed, Lunch, 7 days, Breakfast/Brunch, East Brunswick, NorthThe Good Hearted4 Comments

East Elevation
351 Lygon st
Brunswick East
VIC 3057
03 9381 5575

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Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm
Sat-Sun: 8.30am-5pm


East Elevation is a cafe in East Brunswick which resides in a delightful light filled space with an abundance of greenery.

The all day breakfast menu offers up a good old fashioned 'Full veggie' breakfast ($18), with a choice of chipotle tempeh or mushrooms along with spicy beans, oven dried tomato, avocado and sauteed spinach on sourdough. The chipotle tempeh is moist and cut thick, and while it's pretty awesome—I just don't find it as irresistible as thin, crispy tempacon

The 'King and swiss brown mushrooms' ($17.50) are grown on the cafe's rooftop and come with sauteed spinach, avocado and sourdough. The mushroom dish is good, but lacks a salty element to replace the feta (the avocado replaces feta). The pick of the "brunch bunch" is the 'Coconut & rhubarb tapioca' ($14 GF) w/ orange, strawberries and pistachios. It's accompanied with a jug of coconut milk to pour over and is the perfect light summery breakfast or snack.

There are options for lunch too and you won't need to 'veganise' the "Roast eggplant & tahini" ($17.50 GF) w/ pumpkin purée, green beans, moghrabieh (giant cous cous salad) & fresh pomegranate.

Coffee is $4 with a 50c soycharge for Bonsoy.

 

Port Phillip Estate

Desserts, Gluten Free, Licensed, Lunch, Mornington Peninsula, Red Hill, Restaurant, Special OccasionThe Good HeartedComment

Port Phillip Estate
263 Red Hill Road,
Red Hill South VIC 3937

(03) 5989 4444

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Opening Hours:
Lunch: Wed-Sun
and public holidays
Dinner: Fri-Sat

Bookings recommended


If you find yourself on the Mornington Peninsula and fancy an experience of 'the good life', head to the monumental 'rammed-earth' fortress of Port Philip Estate for some vegan fine dining while gazing out at the coastal views of Westernport Bay and Bass Strait.

While the Port Philip Estate dining room is far from being an all vegan establishment, they do cater for vegans and manage well with last minute bookings (we booked online only 3 hours in advance and made sure to advise them of our vegan ways).

For our first course, we were presented with a salad of heritage vegetables, including roasted beetroot, local heirloom carrots, baby radish, ancient grains, micro herbs, dijon vinaigrette and olive oil powder (we'd never heard of it either). To follow up, the chef prepared semolina crusted soy bean fillets (the word 'tofu' just doesn't cut it), tomato relish stuffed zucchini flowers, roasted local tomatoes, olive tapenade and herbs from the in-house kitchen garden. 

To accompany the main meal, we shared some 'roasted Hawke's potatoes (from Boneo) with parsley and confit garlic', along with 'wilted organic baby kale with espelette' (which I discovered is a type chilli cultivated in the French village of Espelette).

Dessert was a shared vegan 'Knickerbocker' - sorbet from local cherries and raspberries a top of fresh strawberries, raspberries, mulberries on a base of strawberry jelly (from agar), topped with crunchy almond praline.

Prices are $85 per person for three courses and $68 per person for two courses. The two shared accompaniments were no extra cost.

 
Port Phillip Estate Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato