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Breakfast and brunch
Eggs-cellent: The Haberdashery
Crouch End and Stoke Newington
The menu here is split between veggie and non-veggie dishes so you won’t feel guilty for inviting carnivorous pals along. All the veggie options are great, but for a filling morning meal order the Veggie Breakfast: a beautiful composition of free range eggs, halloumi, spinach, mushroom, confit tomato, homemade hash brown and toast.
22 Middle Lane, N8 8PL; 170 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 7JL, the-haberdashery.com
The Waiting Room
A vegetarian and vegan café serving fresh sandwiches, soups and veggie sausage rolls, often smothered in delicious Deptford Death Sauce. Go for breakfast to try the strong, creamy flat whites and the rotating roster of naughty treats, like gluten-free salted caramel flapjacks, banana and Nutella bread, leek, thyme and mushroom veggie sausage rolls, veggie bacon, guacamole, garlic mayo, lettuce and tomato rolls, pancakes with fresh fruit and maple syrup… we could go on. Between mouthfuls check out the free library, which allows you to take books home with you provided you donate one on your next visit.
142 Deptford High Street, SE8 3PQ,
The Modern Pantry
This restaurant isn’t solely vegetarian but the veggie options are executed with the same skill and love as the meaty ones. Start with freshly baked artisan toast with a choice of homemade jams, kumquat marmalade or Vegemite; then move on to spiced red wine-poached tamarillo (a bit like a tomato but sweeter) with Greek yoghurt and manuka honey. If there’s still room, try the poached eggs with wilted spinach on English muffins, smothered in yuzu hollandaise.
47-48 St John’s Square, EC1, themodernpantry.co.uk
Nourishing: Grain Store
Vegetables are the stars on Chef Bruno Loubet’s seasonal menu which is the same for both lunch and dinner. Dishes range from the simple and nourishing — like onion and cider soup served with Vacherin cheese toast — to the elaborate preserved piquillo pepper, artichoke and vegetable chorizo paella. Great for big sharing lunches with friends — and there’s a good brunch offering here too.
Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street, N1C 4AB, grainstore.com
Vantra Vitao tries to demystify raw and vegan food with an accessible menu of fresh, colourful and organic dishes. The menu is always changing but there’s usually a ‘quiche’ (raw, uncooked vegetables mixed with seed cheese, nuts and garlic) and juices made with cold-pressed nut or coconut milk and fresh berries.
25-27 Oxford Street, W1D 2DW, vantra.co.uk
Wild Food Café
Sprouting humous, ‘living’ breads and raw foods are the order of the day at this super-healthy vegetarian restaurant. Try the Ayurvedic super salad: a saintly meal made with lamb’s lettuce amaranth, spiralised courgettes, hijiki seaweed, slices of artichoke hearts, avocado, cucumber, red pepper cubes, coriander and rocket with parsely pesto and mango salsa and activated savory seeds (soaked to activate the germination process), flavoured with leafy greens and spices, and marinated shiitake mushrooms. Phew! That’s a lot of veg.
1st Floor, 14 Neal’s Yard, WC2H 9DP, wildfoodcafe.com
Tasty: Nama’s fermented blueberry cheesecake
The smoothies here range from virtuous to decadent. To cater to that sweet tooth try Chocolate Heaven: a meal masquerading as a smoothie, with cacao, cashew nuts, chia seeds, almond milk, vanilla and cinnamon. We’re also big fans of Nama’s healthy desserts, especially the fermented blueberry cheesecake, made with cashews, blueberries and seeds. It’s raw, vegan, 100 per cent organic, and tasty too.
110 Talbot Road, W11 1JR, namafoods.com
Being greedy is a hazard as you go round this vegetarian restaurant’s gourmet buffet boat stacking your plate from the 40 different dishes — and portions are priced by weight — so we recommend coming here for snacks and dips rather than a big meal (the humous and guacamole are great). Save room in the dessert stomach for treats like sticky toffee pudding, cheesecake and strawberry cream. Alternatively, you can prop yourself up at at the bar and enjoy fresh juices and mocktails, or even something a bit stronger.
12-14 Heddon Street W1B 4DA, tibits.co.uk
This restaurant offers simple vegetarian soups and salads alongside sweets like doughnuts and cake pops. Be careful: like Tibits, the price is by weight not by dish, so don’t go if you’re feeling ravenous or you might bankrupt yourself. It’s safer to snack here. For something filling, opt for the signature Aloo (potato) scotch eggs, perked up with a sweet and spicy ketchup, which are sold separately at £2.50.
48 Eastcastle Street, W1W 8DX, ethosfoods.com
Soho stalwart: Mildreds
The cooking isn’t wildly inventive here but the eclectic menu of food made daily on the premises can include anything from laksas to tagines, burritos to burgers. It’s very popular and you can’t book, so make sure you start queuing for a table before your stomach starts growling. We advise sipping a juice at the bar while you wait, if you can find a spot among the other hungry diners.
45 Lexington Street, W1, mildreds.co.uk
This is probably one of Covent Garden’s best-kept secrets. In 1951 the restaurant came to the area to be near the Indian Embassy, because many officers were homesick for authentic Punjabi vegetarian dishes. Although the restaurant now serves meat dishes too, the focus hasn’t changed much and you’ll still find great north Indian food at affordable prices — a main dish of mushroom masala is just £5.45.
80 Neal Street, WC2H 9PA, punjab.co.uk
From London Evening Standard