Chantelle Nicholson

Chantelle Nicholson’s Top 5 Plant-Based Dishes in London

New Zealander Chantelle Nicholson is Chef Patron at Tredwells where she takes huge pride in ensuring that there are plenty of plant-based dishes on the menu. Her first book Planted is out April 2018, published by Kyle Books.

Chantelle told us, ‘When I’m out and about, I always keep an eye out for new and unusual veggie dishes. Vegetables are brilliant – hugely versatile, cheap, and good for you. They’re often overlooked by big meat contenders, but actually, it’s at some of London’s meatiest restaurants that I find the best veggie dishes. Enjoy.’

Smokestak Potato

Stuffed potato skins at Smokestak. Chantelle says, ‘Hot, comforting, filling, gooey and moreish. These little beauties are divine. You will be licking the plate. But let them cool down first!’

Smokestak, 35 Sclater Street, E1 6LB

Cactus tacos at Santo Remedio. Chantelle says, ‘Rich, smoky, totally delicious. You’ll end up ordering another plate.’

Santo Remedio, 152 Tooley Street, SE1 2TU

Chilli roast cauliflower at Oklava

Roasted chilli cauliflower at Oklava. Chantelle says, ‘This is a classic Selin dish, which has always been on the menu since she opened Oklava back in 2015. It’s a real homage to the humble cauliflower, bringing together cauli, Turkish spices, pistachios and fresh parsley in a totally unique way.’

Oklava, 74 Luke Street, EC2A 4PY

Szechuan aubergine at Chick ‘n’ Sours. Chantelle says, ‘If you think you know aubergine, think again! This dish is sheer culinary magic. Spicy, sticky, sweet, hot…the aubergine is lightly battered too, which makes it crispy and saliva-inducing.’

Chick ‘n’ sours, see website for locations

The Laughing Heart

Parsnips, William’s Pear and Taleggio at The Laughing Heart. Not strictly vegan, but it’s Christmas on a plate, and everyone must try it! Blink and you miss Tom’s dishes though, as they’re ultra-seasonal, so be quick.

The Laughing Heart, 277 Hackney Road, E2 8NA