Veganism is booming. More and more people are turning to a vegan diet these days. After all, the health benefits alone are said to increase energy and give you younger-looking skin. Well planned out plant-based diets are rich in protein, iron, calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals. The plant-based sources of these nutrients tend to be low in saturated fat, high in fiber and packed with antioxidants. These type of diets can help with the modern world’s biggest health issues like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
A survey by the Vegan Society found a rise of 350% in the number of vegans in the UK over the past 10 years. Out of which 42% are aged between 15 and 34. So what is causing all these Millenials to turn to veganism? It may be due to the rise of the plant-based diet among celebrities. The ethical and environmental benefits of the diet may also be a driving factor. A change in diet is thought to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions because eliminating dairy and egg products reduces these emissions.
Adopting a vegan diet is one of the most powerful choices an individual can make. When making that decision, you should take into account the environmental degradation and depletion of Earth’s natural resources. Whatever the reason the age of veganism is well and truly trending.
It’s becoming increasingly accessible to be vegan, with more vegan options in supermarkets and on restaurant menus. As a result, there has been a rise in popularity in plant-based restaurants in the UK, London and beyond. We asked Kim of Life By Ms. Lewis her top plant-based restaurants in London. Kim is a vegan influencer from the North East of England, now living in London. Her passion for vegan food lead her to create tasty recipes and seek out the best most inventive vegan options available in London.
Check out these top 5 plant-based restaurants in London. From tasty burgers and Pad Thai to pie & mash, herbivores we’ve got you covered. Yum!
5.) Mooshies Burgers
Mooshies Burgers are said to be the best burgers in London. They specialize in the plant-based burger. The ‘Fillet O Phish’ burger is to die for and highly recommended for burger fans. Mooshies Burgers aim to use the healthiest and most beneficial ingredients in order to maintain a well rounded nutritious meal but as a burger. Effectively healthy junk food!
What’s Your Beef? – Organic quinoa and black bean patty. Mooshies burger sauce, caramelized onions with vegan cheese, gherkins, and lettuce.
The Nutcracker – Lentils, mushroom, sage and onion flaxseed. All in a bun with crispy onions, peanut butter, and cranberry mayo.
- Mooshies Burgers, 104 Brick Lane, London, E1 6RL
4.) 222 Veggie Vegan
222 Veggie Vegan opened in 2014 in Fulham, London. Although it has been around for a while it is still roaring with satisfied customers. There is plenty to choose from with a menu full of yummy options. There is something for everyone whatever their tastes! 222 Veggie Vegan aims to introduce everyone to satisfying, delicious food that is good for you. Such as:
Seitan Stroganoff – A favorite with our customers. This deliciously creamy dish with seitan strips, caramelized onions, fresh herbs and pepper cubes in cashew cream is served with organic brown basmati rice.
Ben’s Special – In-house special stir-fry with either organic brown basmati rice or organic wheat-free noodles. Prepared with seasonal vegetables and your choice of seitan or marinated tofu (additional option of oyster mushroom with the wheat-free noodles). Prepared mild, medium or spicy to your taste.
- 222 Veggie Vegan, 222 North End Road, West Kensoington, London, W14 9NU
3.) Vanilla Black
Vanilla Black is known for its delicious fancy vegan food with style and substance. It is definitely the place to go on a vegan date! Vanilla Black serve a creation of dishes which deliver an array of interesting flavors. The textures and flavors contrast to please the taste buds. Some of the beautiful creations include:
Vanilla Roasted Salsify, Raspberry, and Hazelnut Vegetable Juice and Truffled Salsify
Baked High Cross and Charred Spring Onions
Roasted Onion Purée, Sherry Vinegar and Button Onions
- Vanilla Black, 17-18 tOOK’S Court, London, EC4A 1LB
Mildreds is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant. Mildreds serves wholesome tasty treats like pie & mash. Their aim is to run a restaurant serving good value, fresh colorful international vegetarian and vegan food. Unfortunately, you can’t book a table so try to stay away from heading there if you’re in a hurry as you often have to wait. The fantastic menu includes such delights as:
Burrito with black beans and red rice topped with melted cheddar, tomatillo jalapeno salsa, iceberg lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, raw corn salsa.
Soul Bowl – A duo of superfood salads. Carrots, beetroot, quinoa, cherry tomato, dates, parsley, and mint. Alongside kale, shiitake mushroom, sesame dressing. Served with avocado, cashew cheese, mixed sprouts, and seeds.
- Mildreds, 45 Lexington Street, London, WLF 9AN
1.) Cook Daily
Cook Daily is London’s first fast pace Vegan joint. Owned by real Chefs. It is the place to go for vegans in London. Cook Daily’s Pad Thai is simply amazing! At peak times the normal minimum wait is 10 minutes for food. However, it is certainly worth the wait. Menu favorites include:
House Pad Thai – Flat rice noodles stir-fried with “egg tofu”, bean sprouts and carrots flavored with tamarind and our homemade “vegan fish sauce” served with crushed peanuts.
Chicken and Mushroom Pie – Vegan chicken and mushroom filling. With Potato, chickpeas, mixed vegetables and cream of truffle. Topped with puff pastry.
- Cook Daily, 48, 2-4 Bethnal Green, London, E1 6GY