28 April, 2018
The Best Vegan Friendly Restaurants To Visit
PUBLISHED 23 April 2018 | UPDATED 8 January 2019
More restaurants than ever before are catering to the vegan diet. From moreish Mexican food to Lebanese feasts and great Greek dishes, here are all the delicious vegan meals you can enjoy right here at Westfield.
Leon's updated vegan menu offers so many options we don't even know where to begin. If you're after something light and cheerful, we highly recommend either the porridge with banana & cinnamon (with cashew milk instead of cow's) or with blueberries, honey and toasted seeds (just ask for no honey!). For your main course go all out and order the meatless meatballs, made from aubergine, black olive & rosemary and complimented with a tomato sauce. Not your thing? How about the new LOVE burger, made with a beetroot soya patty topped with burger sauce, Carolina mustard mayo, tomatoes, pickles and a slice of smoked gouda-style vegan cheese. Treat yourself to a goji and passionfruit juicy water and one of many baked treats whilst you're in-store too.
Pho fans will be pleased to hear that over a quarter of dishes on the Vietnamese restaurant's menu are now vegan. From spring roll starters to salads and noodles, you really are spoilt for choice. The newly added healthy specials include these spicy salad rolls, consisting of three carb-free pure veggie rolls tied together with a carrot ribbon. Fancy something a little more filling? The cà ri will be right up your street; a rich Vietnamese curry mixed with vegetables, mushrooms and nuts, served with a side of broken rice.
Gone are the days of scouring the allergen list for what to eat at Wagamama. The restaurant has a dedicated vegetarian and vegan menu, which doesn't compromise on flavour or nutrition. Start with the yasai steamed gyoza and wok-fried greens, with a side of edamame. The main courses are certainly the star of the menu; the yasai samla curry is a fragrant, creamy coconut dish with the perfect amount of spice, and the kare borosu ramen features a flavour-packed veggie broth. You can even treat yourself to a lemongrass and lime or pink guava and passion fruit sorbet dessert.
Doughnut lovers, rejoice! The good folks over at Doughnut Time have a whole host of delicious vegan doughnuts on their menu, including the delectable red velvet Sia Later. Other vegan delights include Houston We Have Biscoff, Cornelius Fudge, Fairy Godmother and Pump Up The Jam. So many options!
Wahaca has an extensive vegan menu, beginning with arguably the tastiest guacamole & tortilla chips in London. For a shareable starter, we recommend the plantain tacos with black beans, marinated cabbage and sweet and spicy chipotle adobo. If you fancy a bulkier main then opt for the fire-roasted poblano pepper burrito, plus there's also loads of vegan sides to choose from if you’re feeling really hungry. When you want something lighter, try the sonora salad with corn & black bean salsa, organic spelt & mixed leaves with avocado. To finish off, opt for their refreshing mango sorbet.
GOURMET BURGER KITCHEN
Gourmet Burger Kitchen have doubled their vegan offering in the past year and now serve up two burgers* to satisfy all your carb needs. Opt for the Californian if you're a fan of the classic bean patty. This one comes complete with vegan cheddar, smashed avocado, harissa mayo, paprika onions, relish, salad and a sourdough bun. For something a little different, try the Jack-in-a-Bun; a homemade butternut squash & quinoa patty with beetroot mayo, Korean pulled jackfruit, pickled onions and rocket, all served in a sourdough bun
*GBK's Falafel Burger and Fries, while vegan themselves, are off-limits if you’re a strict vegan as they are cooked in oil used for menu items containing milk and eggs.
THE REAL GREEK
In an iconic scene from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Ian, the love interest of main character Toula, is 'ousted' as a vegetarian, to which Toula's aunty shrugs and declares "That's okay! I make lamb!". This attitude, albeit comical, is nowhere to be seen in Tonia Buxton's herbivore-friendly menu. Feast on a mezze of dips including hummus, melitzanosalata and green pea fava, plus crudites, chickpea filo triangles and more from the vegan-specific menu featuring nearly 30 choices! For mains, choose between Tonia’s 'no feta' Greek salad, grilled aubergine with garlic tomato sauce, or moussaka with a jackfruit mix. Add a side of new potatoes if you're extra hungry. Opa!
Pizza lovers rejoice! Zizzi is catering for your every need with their vegan menu. There's now even more choice in the pizza department with the addition of six new rustica and classic pizza options, such as the rustica zucca which features tomato, a mozzarella alternative (made with coconut oil), roasted butternut squash, caramelised balsamic onions & spinach. Zizzi also offer a range of vegan pastas, starters and desserts, including a new dairy-free caramelised biscuit cheesecake.
Lola's offer five vegan cupcake flavours and four full-sized cake flavours, and each is moist, fluffy and hands-down delightful. Iced and filled with creamy coatings of soya-based buttercream, you can choose between cupcake flavours of lemon & raspberry, coconut & strawberry, fudge, pistachio & cherry and the award-winning coconut & passionfruit. Order yours today, and your sweet tooth will thank you.
Byron may only offer one vegan burger but it's jampacked full of flavour. The Beetnik burger features a beetroot falafel patty, baby kale, smashed avocado, tomato, pickled red onions, red pepper ketchup and zesty rainbow slaw. Pair with regular fries, sweet potato shoestring fries or a house salad. Bliss!