It’s National Vegetarian Week from 19 – 25 May; so why not go veggie for a week?
We’ve rounded up some of the best restaurants which will allow you to go veggie for a week without giving up your favourite foods – from a cheeky pizza to two Michelin starred fine dining.
Here’s our pick of restaurants with easy veggie food swaps:
Blue Monday Pizza
You’re one day down, with only four more to go ‘til the weekend so treat yourself to a pizza tea! Goat DINE, Chelsea serves up a luscious Goats cheese, tomato, mozzarella, zucchini and rocket pizza, with a selection of veggie sides such as Polenta fries with Truffled mayo and Broccoli with chilli, almonds and garlic. Dine in or have it takeaway style with Deliveroo. www.goatchelsea.com
Sushi – to – go Tuesday
For your grab and go lunchtime sushi, check out Hai Street Kitchen & Co and it’s sushi burritos. Get your gnashers round a Cumin roasted carrot sushi burrito – we like it loaded with roasted beets, asparagus and cool cucumber drizzled in chimichurra sauce and topped with crunchy yucca chips. Eat in or al desko! www.haistreetkitchen.com
Or, for a post work sushi fix K10, the modern Japanese canteen in the city, will serve you a Vegetarian sushi set, Edamame bean salad, Stir fried vegetables & rice and Vegetable tempura. Veg-tastic! Enjoy at the conveyor belt or take-away. www.k10.com
There’s only one way to get over that midweek hump, and that’s with a juicy burger (of the veggie kind!). As usual, Haché Burgers doesn’t disappoint with its selection. There’s a choice of two Falafel burgers; they’re made in house daily and are a scrummy mixture of chick peas, onions, parsley, chilli, coriander and garlic. Go for the Falafel sweetcorn burger, which is served on a bed of spinach, red onions and sweetcorn chutney with slices of beetroot or the Falafel blue cheese burger – which comes with blue cheese up top and rocket, onion and tomato below or go for the Goats cheese burger, loaded with portobello mushroom, grilled aubergine, avocado, chive oil, garlic mayonnaise and red pesto sauce. www.hacheburgers.com
If you’re bored of limp lettuce and a tasteless tofu burger, Las Iguanas’s vibrant Beet and Black Bean Burger certainly packs a punch! A firm favourite with diners, both vegetarian and meat-loving, the ‘burger’ is served in a toasted sesame seed bun with melted emmental cheese and sliced beef tomato. www.iguanas.co.uk
Thursday date night
Get out of town for a special Thursday date night at The Latymer, Michael Wignall’s two Michelin starred restaurant at Pennyhill Park and indulge in Michael’s 10-course tasting menu. www.pennyhillpark.co.uk/exclusive_hotels/eating_and_drinking/the_latymer.aspx
Friday night curry
If your Friday night isn’t the same without a good curry, fear not for Ekachai, the oriental dining room, goes one step further with a vegan curry which serves up some full on flavour with its Nyonya vegetable curry; it is bursting full of spicy Okra, potato, tomato and tempe (fermented soya bean slices) in a coconut, chilli and turmeric gravy. www.ekachai.co.uk
Pep up your palate with the ultimate veggie curry at London’s award-winning Indian, La Porte des Indes. From authentic Indian Biryani to a French influenced Rougaine D’Aubergine, La Porte des Indes offers an entirely vegetarian menu so tasty it will even keep your meat-eating friends happy. www.laportedesindes.com
Saturday coffee and cake
Enjoy your Saturday coffee stop with a slice of vegetable cake at Notting Hill’s Wildflower Café which serves a moist and moreish Carrot, coconut and pineapple cake – perfect with one of their Allpress coffees. www.wildflowercafe.com
It’s Sunday and you don’t have to forgo your recovery fry up – just get stuck into Polo 24 Hour Bar’s Vegetarian Breakfast of Vegetable rosti, egg, roast tomato, roasted mushrooms, hash brown, baked beans and bloomer toast. We challenge you not to be converted with this blow out! www.polo24hourbar.co.uk
Or head over to Parlour for Smashed avocado on soda bread, Home-style hash browns with ‘anyway’ eggs, Chestnut hummus with rosemary pitta bread or Raw vegetable ravioli with goat’s cheese. Head Chef Jesse Dunford Wood’s quirky cooking style ensures that whether you are a life-long veggie or just making the switch there is something for everyone. www.parlourkensal.com
Sounds so good doesn’t it! – let us know how you spend National Veggie Week – you never know, you might be converted!!