London Vegan restaurants that can’t be beet !
What: Breaking Free
Why: For over a hundred years, the Santoro family have been key players in the meat industry, but now Alex and Oliver Santoro are rebelling by opening restaurant Genesis which couldn’t be more different. Situated on Commercial Street, Genesis is plant-based, GMO-free and organic. Influenced by street food and their travels, the candy-pink restaurant serves up everything from kale Caesar salad, mac & cheese and the American Woman burger filled with creamy coleslaw, BBQ sauce, onion rings, jalapeños and gherkins. And as for puddings, it’s not all chia seeds and raw cacao, instead you’ll find their takes on brownie sundaes, bread and butter pudding and cheesecake. To drink will be cold pressed juices, Lo Bros Kombucha, organic drinks from Longflint Drinks Co. and will be the only UK restaurant use a brewing contraption from Dutch Lab for their cold brew coffee. Fancy.
Where: 144 Commercial Street, Shoreditch, E1 6NU
What: Grab and Go
Why: Flipside is so brand spanking new that it has even opened yet. Set to open at the start of October in Farringdon, it’ll sit (almost mockingly) in the shadow of the historic Smithfield Meat Market and will be a modern American fully plant-based grab and go restaurant. For breakfast you’ll find organic chickpea scramble boxes, mocha morning oats and sourdough donut with almond feta and hone. At lunch, drop in for a sandwich, they have more than 30 so you won’t get bored quickly or head to the ‘Mac Bar’ where you can customise your mac & cheese with caramelised onions, sticky rashers and chargrilled broccoli. Come the evening there’ll be burgers and sides including loaded nachos and skinny apple slaw.
Where: 88 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, EC1M 6BP
What: Vegan Japanese Style
Why: Whilst technically not a vegan restaurant, Jidori in Covent Garden has just launched an all new vegan menu. Following the standard menu, the new additions will include small plates, yakitori, snacks and puddings. You’ll find a Mizuna and tofu salad, avocado, radish and yuzu ceviche, tenderstem broccoli tempura, as well as shiitake and shimeji ‘Kinoko’ mushroom and smokey ‘Nasu’ aubergine and coconut water sorbet with figs and lime for pudding.
Where: 15 Catherine Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5JZ
What: Fat Gay Vegan Takeover
Why: Sean O’Callaghan aka the Fat Gay Vegan is now part of the Clapham Common’s Venn Street Market as he takes over a section to bring the finest vegan street food to SW4, each Saturday there’ll be ten stalls serving up the best a vegan can get. Traders joining him will be Big V, Jake’s Vegan Steaks, Let’s Do Temaki and Temple of Seitan, cookies and cupcakes from Ms Cupcake, homemade vegan cheeses from Kinda Co and vegan beer from Mondo brewing.
Where: Clapham Common, SW4