However you happen to have spent your holidays, you are sure to have over-indulged in one way or another.
Whether your plate has been piled high with turkey or you’ve consumed a few too many glasses of egg nog, the New Year is the perfect time to swap to a plant-based cuisine. Plus, it’s great for the environment too.
With this in mind, we’ve searched the Square Mile to find all the tastiest vegan spots to eat. And, we promise they are all incredible.
This vegan burger bar in Shoreditch smashes out a whole host of delicious animal free burgers instead of just offering one second-thought vegetarian option. They’re famous for their faux pulled pork burger – the ‘Pulled Mooshie’ – made from slow cooked BBQ jackfruit and coleslaw. But we go mad for their ‘What’s Your Beef?’ Burger made with a quinoa and black bean patty, homemade burger sauce, caramelised onions, vegan cheese and pickles. They can even throw them in a gluten free bun. So, no matter what food intolerances or allergies you may have, Mooshies has you sorted.
104 Brick Lane E1 6RL
On the surface, Unity Diner looks like your typical American diner. Leather banquettes line the space, burgers and hotdogs smatter the menu and all manners of cocktails flow from the bar all night long. But each and every part of this guilty-pleasures restaurant is vegan, from the ‘I can’t believe it’s not mozzarella’, mozzarella sticks to the totally animal product-free fish and chips.
You will roll out of here feeling sick from all the gluttonous food you’ve consumed but without any of the guilt. Plus, as you’re mostly eating vegetable sand nuts, it can’t be all that bad for you – just ignore all the grease and oil. They show that being vegan doesn’t mean you can only eat lentils and salad for dinner.
60 Wentworth Street E1 7AL
Stem & Glory
Raising the bar high for vegan restaurants, Stem & Glory is great for a quick bite, lunch or dinner. The 100 percent vegan business prides itself on its sustainability as well as ability to change the minds of even the most stubborn meat eaters. Not only will you feel good after you tuck into a plate of pumpkin ravioli, but your consciousness will feel good, too. The incredible business promises to donate a meal every time you order to someone in need as well as off-set the carbon footprint of your dinner, too. What’s more, the plant-based aficionados have secured a third site on Liverpool Street. Designed by Afroditi Krass, the new restaurant will be set over two floors overlooking Broadgate Circle.
60 Bartholomew Close EC1A 7BF
If you’re in need of a little treat, we urge you to book a table at Alter. The refined menu not only tastes delicious but transports you to Asia. The perfect place for a work lunch, the solely vegan restaurant prides itself on being inclusive and welcoming to everyone after studying global street food cultures. Tuck into kung pao pancakes or bibim guksu cold soba noodles with kimchi, while teaming it with one of Alter’s amazing cocktails. We love the sound of sipping on a Tokyo Manhattan with Scotch whiskey. What’s more, the restaurant offers a full gluten-free menu, too.
22-26 Brunel Road W3 7XR
The Cinnamon Collection Vegan Meal Kit
To celebrate Veganuary, Chef Vivek Singh of The Cinnamon Collection (Cinnamon Kitchen City) has designed a delicious plant-based tasting menu, packed full of flavour and spice. Delivered across London and the UK, the vegan feast includes starters of Mysore Rassam, a South Indian spiced lentil, tomato, and pepper soup, and Bhel Papdi Chaat, which is a Surat special vegan chaat with puffed rice, crisp wheat, tamarind, garlic, chilli, and green chutneys.
The perfect at-home meal kit if you’re not able to venture out this January, or simpl y feel like eating incredible food in your comfies. The kit is £100 for two people.