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Where to Eat Gourmet Vegetarian Food in London
Finding gourmet vegetarian food in London is easy. Alongside exclusively vegetarian restaurants, many Michelin-starred restaurants now offer vegetarian menus. Some simply put vegetables centre stage. So whether you’re a vegetarian, flexitarian or you just want to eat more greens, here is a selection of the best vegetarian-friendly gourmet restaurants in London. [This map was last updated on 7/03/2022].
This all-vegetarian, Middle Eastern restaurant in Spitalfields (2022 will see a second site in Soho) is the perfect place for a casual but incredibly tasty lunch or dinner. Signature dishes include halloumi with black seed honey, and confit potato latkes with toum and Aleppo chilli, as well as lots of grilled goodies.
Having turned vegan in 2016, French chef Alexis Gauthier will make the food at his Soho restaurant, housed in a converted Georgian townhouse, entirely plant-based upon reopening following lockdown. His vegan ‘Les Plantes’ menu includes a jar of ‘faux gras’ made from lentils, mushrooms and walnuts.
Chef Santiago Lastra’s acclaimed Mexican restaurant is a feast for the tastebuds, using British ingredients to give a sense of place to the classic dishes of his homeland. Kol offers vegetarian versions of its long and short tasting menus, with tacos, tostadas, mole and tamale that jump of the plate with flavour and zing.
Pied à Terre
Pied à Terre
One of London's oldest Michelin-starred restaurants – it’s held at least one star since 1993 – has a fantastic vegetarian/vegan menu showcasing the assured classical French with a touch of Greek cooking of chef Asimakis Chaniotis, served in one of the city’s most fun dining rooms.
Pollen Street Social
Jason Atherton’s one-Michelin-star Fitzrovia restaurant offers both short and long vegetarian and vegan tasting menus that showcase the best of British seasonal produce. Expect elegant and clean flavours at this flagship of the Atherton empire.
A list of the best restaurants for vegetarians in London isn’t complete without a Yotam Ottolenghi entry. While Soho’s Nopi is a perennial favourite, Rovi, just up the road in Fitzrovia, is also an essential stop for guaranteed deliciousness, with a focus on fermentation and cooking over fire across a plant-forward menu.
Chef Douglas McMaster’s zero waste concept, transported from Brighton to London, relies predominantly on the inventive use of vegetables. They also churn their own butter, milk their own oats and have an onsite brewery, whilst in the dining room you’ll find upcycled furniture and mycelium fittings.
The Clove Club
The Clove Club is consistently one of London’s most sought out fine dining restaurants and a stalwart on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Global fans love chef Isaac McHale and team’s refined cooking, which includes a delicious vegetarian tasting menu, enjoyed in a relaxed dining room with open kitchen.