It’s the start of a new year and a new decade, and veganism has never been more popular. Whether it’s about saving the planet, improving your health and fitness (thanks to certain Netflix documentaries) or sparing the animals, there are plenty of reasons to get stuck into a plant-based diet this month. And it’s good news for 2020 vegans – gone are the days when the only options at restaurants or cafes were measly salads. Below, we show you the best ways to stick to a vegan diet and enjoy truly delicious food without compromising your social lifestyle in the City. Who knows? You might become a lifelong convert after this.
Veggie Prets are springing up in the City and supermarkets are getting more creative, but don’t rule out the fantastic independents for lunch. Sandwich kings Sub Cult (Watling St) are always serving up their delicious vegan Black & Blue sub, filled with seared seitan, portobello mushroom, truffle mayo, onion jam and more.
Sushi enthusiasts don’t have to shake up their diets either; new favourite City spot WAKA (Houndsditch) have unveiled – that’s right – vegan sushi. It looks like fish, tastes like fish, but it’s completely plant-based. Truly has to be experienced to be believed.
Meanwhile, if you haven’t made your way down to Stem + Glory (Barts Square) before, there’s no time like the present. Voted best vegan restaurant in London*, it specialises in a variety of healthy and tasty lunch and dinner options from tapas to bowls to curries and burgers – there’s even a weekend bottomless brunch.
Bread Street Kitchen have brought a twist to their iconic Beef Wellington with a Beet Wellington – a beetroot version of Gordon Ramsay’s favourite Welly. Enjoy it alongside an extensive vegan menu, or learn how to make your own at a fantastic one-off masterclass on 18 Jan – click here to book.
A large variety of Indian food is typically vegetarian or vegan, so look to the City’s favourite Indian restaurant Cinnamon Kitchen (Devonshire Square) for beautifully spiced vegan options. This month they’ve brought a special vegan tasting menu to the restaurant, including kale & quinoa kofta topped with date, ginger and tomato lemon sauce, and bharwan courgette filled with spiced vegetable ratatouille.
At luxury rooftop eatery Coq d’Argent, indulge in a six-course tasting menu including Betterave, red beetroot tartare, black truffle, raspberries and a mango yolk, followed by Pot au feu, winter root vegetable stew, puff pastry, tofu and saffron. Treat yourself to an extra special dining experience by booking into Lodge d’Argent, the cosy chalets in situ until the end of February.
For some, Veganuary might be about being healthy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to the occasional sweet snack (especially if you’ve got a birthday approaching). Thankfully one of our favourite City bakeries Cutter & Squidge have assembled delicious cakes and treats including blueberry lemon cheesecake, chocolate caramel cake and strawberries & cream loaves. Gone are the days when fruit salads were the only things to satisfy a vegan sweet tooth.
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