East London is famed for its alternative eateries, catering for every budget and taste imaginable. Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan or just plant-curious, explore the veggie delights of East London with us below.
Dishoom has undoubtedly taken over London with its delicious take on Bombay cuisine. This is the perfect place for both fans of sharing and single portions, as they do a range of small plates and larger dishes made for one (with leftovers perhaps). Expect dishes such as Gunpowder Potatoes, Vada Pau (Bombay’s version of a chip butty), Chana Chaat, Chole Puri and desserts such as Gulab Jamun or Basmati Kheer. You might have to queue as they only take bookings for larger groups in the evenings, but it’s definitely worth the wait! They are also happy to cater for coeliacs and allergies, offering an inclusive experience for all.
You can find a branch of Mildred’s in Dalston, Soho, Kings Cross and Camden, so if their East London branch whets your appetite you can find a location that best suits you. Like Dishoom, they only take bookings for larger groups, but you can always have a drink at the bar whilst you wait. The contemporary feel of the Dalston branch means it’s perfect for summer or winter, however, if you are heading there soon, it has a lovely outdoor seating area that has a very holiday-style vibe about it.
Their menu is a mix of cuisines and tastes, and with the entire restaurant being vegetarian you can’t go wrong with any of the choices on offer. We recommend the Dashi Dumplings or Pea and Shallot Ravioli to start, followed by the Halloumi or Bourbon Chick’n Burger and finished off with a Banoffee Brûlée or Butterscotch Sundae.
Mooshies, Brick Lane
For vegetarian and vegan nutritional fast food look no further than Mooshies in Brick Lane. Their core menu has four delicious decadent burgers (the Fillet-Om-Fish, Pulled Mooshie, Magic Mushroom and What’s Your Beef?) alongside a featured burger which at the moment is The Filthy K, a Korean inspired dish with oyster mushrooms and Kimchi coleslaw.
They also do the most convincing ‘mozzerella sticks’ you will ever eat. Crispy, crunchy and gooey vegan cheese has never tasted so good. Their Chick P Bites are also scarily similar to their poultry cousin. Go hungry, you’ll want to try everything.
Temple of Seitan, Hackney
We know what you’re thinking, and no, it’s not a cult. This completely vegan restaurant serves some of the best burgers and mock chicken we’ve ever eaten.
The name has nothing to do with the devil, instead it’s in relation to the meat substitute used – seitan. Essentially, seitan is a product of washing and cooking wheat until it forms a protein-dense substance that takes on any flavour added. It’s high in selenium and zinc so in terms of vegetarian nutrition it packs a punch! It’s also got a very similar consistency to real meat, so your non-vegetarian friends needn’t worry about not getting their meat fix.
The classic Temple Burger and BBQ Bacon burger are two of our favourites, and if you’re a first-timer then we would highly recommend starting with these. Grab a side order of their mac and cheese or popcorn chick’n bites and if you have any room left, they have a delicious assortment of cakes, cookies and brownies to eat in or takeaway for later.
Unity Diner, Hoxton
OK, so technically this non-profit, vegan restaurant has a N1 postcode, but its close proximity to Old Street and Shoreditch means it can definitely sneak into this list.
Unity Diner’s mission is to serve up delicious vegan comfort food that’s not only made with love, but that brings about direct and positive change for the planet and animals. Trust us, their food really is delicious; from healthy Goodness Bowls to more indulgent ‘Dirty Loaded Fries’ they cover both mock meats and plant-based alternatives.
They’re also one of the first London restaurants to offer the new ‘Moving Mountains’ hot dogs. Traditional, Surf’n’Turf or Supreme Dog are the three tasty options on offer, with the Surf’n’Turf topped with the unique vegan shrimp.
If you’re heading to UD on the weekend, go with a good appetite as their weekend brunches do not disappoint. The traditional Full English breakfast has been re-imagined as completely vegan, or if you’re after something sweet, why not sample their Chick’n and Waffles or Chocolate Waffle Stack? They also have a selection of tempting desserts ranging from Baked Cheesecake to Peanut Butter Blondies and Salted Caramel Ice Cream.
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