Veganuary: London’s Best New Plant-Based Dishes
While January usually screams detox cleanses and crazy low-calorie crash diets, this year’s focus goes beyond our very own needs. Veganuary is here to spark your interest in a vegan diet, which – besides some proven benefits for our own health – is the single biggest way to reduce our environmental impact. Whether you decide to go fully vegan for the entire month or simply want to make some small yet significant changes, these London restaurants will help you along the way…
In addition to their usual line-up of vibrantly coloured vegan fare, Notting Hill’s Farmacy has introduced a new plant-based, protein-packed kimchi bowl for Veganuary. Expect spicy kimchi tossed with sautéed chard stems, raw kohlrabi, raw brine carrots and marinated mushrooms.
Farmacy, 74-76 Westbourne Grove, W2 5SH
With several locations across the city, you’re never too far away from a satisfying spread of vegan fare. Caravan serves everything from warming date porridge to quinoa and buckwheat plates and plant-based pizza (made with roasted cauliflower, broccoli, harissa and squash). Did I mention their new plant-based pizza, topped with broccoli, squash and a sprinkling of hazelnut sesame dukkah? Good luck with choosing…
Caravan, multiple locations
Yard Sale Pizza
Bringing together the best of both worlds, Yard Sale Pizza has teamed up with The Vurger Co for the ultimate vegan mash-up. Say hi to the new Auburizza, Yard Sale’s double-fermented dough pizza topped with chipotle sauce-braised aubergines, caramelised red onions, chargrilled peppers, rocket and a drizzle of housemade cumin mayo. Sound familiar? It’s a riff on Vurger’s amazing Auburger.
Yard Sale Pizza, multiple locations
Together with health influencer and environmental enthusiast Zanna van Dijk, US-born fast food hit By Chloe has created a full English brekkie for Veganuary. Here, your bacon consists of maple carrot, sausage is made with juicy jackfruit, and your dose of eggs is covered by scrambled tofu, all served with a toasted English muffin and house-made beet ketchup.
By Chloe, multiple locations
With floral-flecked layer cakes and irresistible brownies on display, Abuelo might not be the first place that comes to mind in January. But this Antipodean-meets-South American café is packed with a powerful plant-based line-up too, offering house-made vegan cheese (a great alternative for their truffle mushroom toastie) or a new vegan bibi, a bowl of spiralized vegetables, rice, lemon-infused hummus and pickled cabbage. The vegan trend has even influenced some of Abuelo’s sweets: get the dark chocolate and pistachio cookies to go.
Abuelo, 26 Southampton St, WC2E 7RS
The Spread Eagle
London’s one and only vegan pub, The Spread Eagle is celebrating their first birthday with complimentary cocktails* and an entire new Veganuary menu. Proving plant-based can be indulgent too, the menu focuses on not-so-healthy dishes such as sticky glazed achiote “ribs”, braised jackfruit in a spicy lime-spiked broth, and dark chocolate orange tart for dessert.
*for their “Veganza” birthday party on January 22, the first 100 people through the doors of the Homerton pub get a Margarita and a Mexican fried chicken slider on the house.
The Spread Eagle, 224 Homerton High St, E9 6AS
London’s much-loved Indian spot, Kricket Brixton goes from a meat-focused affair to offering an entire vegetarian menu for the month of January. There are lots of vegan options too, including leek and potato Puri, burnt garlic Tarka Dal, and a comforting pumpkin curry.
Kricket Brixton, 41–43 Atlantic Road, SW9 8JL
Pachamama might be known for eccentric brunch waffles with bacon and fried chicken, their newly opened spot in Shoreditch welcomes you for vegan-approved Peruvian dishes. Think smoked mushroom ceviche and miso-cured carrot with black quinoa and kimchi.
Pachamama East, 73 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HR
Just when you think Dishoom can’t get any more popular, the London staple launches a separate vegan menu for dinner and breakfast. All dishes still take inspiration from their beloved Bombay, including Chloe puri (spiced chickpea curry with puffed puris), pea and potato-packed samosas and a brilliant-sounding Bombay breakfast with sausages, black pudding and masala baked beans (all vegan, of course).
Dishoom, multiple locations
South London’s Indian hotspot Kennington Tandoori (a popular pick amongst prime ministers and MPs for years), has launched a special vegan menu for Veganuary. Paired with vegan fine wines (Dry January is overrated), highlights include spinach and fenugreek Pakoras (lightly-spiced crisp parcels), Tarka Dall (three varieties of lentils), and vegetable samosas folded with chaat and chutney.
Kennington Tandoori, 313 Kennington Rd, SE11 4QE
A restaurant dedicated to avocado with highly Instagrammable, vegan-approved dishes – can Avobar be any more on-trend? I think not. Take your pick of the amazing-looking avo bun burger (two half avocados snuggling a red lentil and sweet potato patty), or avocado smash on a slice of sweet potato toast. Just make sure to save room for dessert; their cheesecake is made with avocado (shocking) and vegan white chocolate.
Avobar, 23-24 Henrietta St, WC2E 8ND
Wahaca rolled out an exclusive plant-based menu earlier this year, ensuring everyone can tuck into a colourful feast of Mexican street food. For Veganuary, the menu includes some extra tempting newcomers such as poblano pepper tacos (with caramelised onions, corn and cashew nut mole), and chargrilled crown prince squash.
Wahaca, multiple locations
Wild Food Café Islington
The sister site of Covent Garden’s popular plant-based eatery, Wild Food Café in Islington has a whole lot more going on. Here, you’ll find gluten-free, vegetable-based pizzas (spread with macadamia ricotta or cashew mozzarella), a “wild” brunch and even vegan-friendly cocktails.
Wild Food Café Islington, 269-270 Upper Street, N1 2UQ
Looking for more vegan food? Take a look at our guide to London’s best vegan destinations.