Vegetarian food has come a long way from lentil soups and couscous salads. In fact, enlightened London restaurants are elevating vegetarian cuisine to fine-dining standards with exceptionally executed plates of food. For delicious, meat-free dishes with Red Carnation Hotels, The Milestone’s sumptuous Cheneston’s Restaurant presents delicious options like globe artichoke risotto with wilted spinach, Jerusalem artichoke and toasted hazelnuts and cep & tarragon tortellini toasted pine nuts and shallots. For a vegan afternoon tea with homemade vegan cakes and freshly cut sandwiches, head to The Egerton House Hotel. If you’re looking to dine further afield, however, here are five of the finest gourmet vegetarian restaurants in London.
Vegan food with an upscale twist, Notting Hill’s Nama is a hit with health-conscious locals. From nourishing lunches to tasty evening dinners, Nama presents sumptuous artisanal interpretations of international cuisine like kohlrabi ravioli and vegetable terrine. Much more than just a restaurant, Nama is a veritable raw food empire, hosting excellent raw food courses and delivering expertly curated food or juice packages to Londoner’s front doors.
Located in the heart of East London, City highfliers love Vanilla Black’s artful presentation and sensational flavours. The elegant, Art Deco inspired space makes for a refined milieu to sample their exceptional iced and charred avocado with olive crumb and fried shitake with pine nut purée. The best way to experience Vanilla Black’s full range of delights is with their five-course tasting menu.
Farmacy’s philosophy follows the Hippocratic musing of ‘let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.’ All natural raw woods and sleek surfaces, the swish eatery presents a delicious array of plant-based dishes such as the mezze feast with baba ganoush and quinoa tabbouleh and Ayurvedic beetroot dahl. A must-try is one of their Farmeceutical Syringe Shots, injected into a shot glass to drink for a concentrated dose of juicy goodness.
The first gourmet vegetarian restaurant in London (and now fully vegan), Primrose Hill’s Manna has a fifty-year history of serving up meat-free food with a touch of class. With globally-inspired dishes like maki rolls, warm rainbow panzanella and Caribbean platters, Manna’s dishes are generous in colour, flavour and personality. Visit this chic London restaurant for an intimate yet casual dinner or leisurely weekday lunch.
The Gate is so popular, it now has three London restaurants in Hammersmith, Marylebone and Islington. Underpinned by inventive French and Italian flavours, but with a modern twist, the food here is colourful, creative and not shy on taste. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and the all-important Sunday roast, The Gate is a go-to veggie spot all week long. With white, bright dining rooms and plenty of natural light, all three branches offer a laid-back ambience to enjoy their appetising dishes.
After a delicious dinner in one of these excellent gourmet vegetarian restaurants, enjoy a digestif at one of our London hotels’ bars before turning in at your room or suite.
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