It shouldn’t be a case of trying to change your mind, but these veggies challenge preconceptions with delicious success
OK, concept warning. Ethos makes you pay for your food by the weight – and why not?! It has a ridiculous ( and ridiculously tasty) range of cuisines – find Korean kimchi, Hungarian goulash, miso-roasted aubergine, nasi goreng or the famous curried scotch egg. It’s a cool, gorgeous sapce with trees and blues and happy serving staff near Oxford Street. This is surely veggie heaven.
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Expect hearty Vegan Roast with potato and parsnip mash; bean and tofu pancakes, raw asparagus spears and a spinach and avocado salad; stroganoff made with seitan (wheat gluten) and burgers made with organic tofu and veggie mince; oyster mushroom and spinach raclette; it’s a laidback neighbourhood-style caf in West Kensington serving vegan food to a funky crowd. Does that sound like you?
The high-profile one. The Gate started in Hammersmith and now has an Islington outpost with an inventive approach at its heart. Meze platter, beetroot tart, aubergine schnitzel, mocktails, this is glam. Or go for skewers of halloumi skewers, cous cous balls, it goes on and on to the delicious desserts. couscous, feta and mint; tortilla with tasty beetroot and goat’s cheese filling. Desserts are no less fabulous: lavender crème brûlée, apple tarte tatin with cinnamon ice-cream and, genius this, even a dessert meze (allow 15 minutes) for £15.
With pad thais, cannelloni and lasagne you might be thinking, what have they done with the meat, but a series of classy substitutions give you elegant, tasty inventions for the veggie who likes to be seen in Notting Hill. But a further suprise is in store – its also entirely ‘raw’. No food is cooked, or heated over 42C. This part of London is full of successful well-bred folk and Nama is no sluch in the brand department expanding into cleansing programmes and other services.
VB takes the veggie thing flying into the posh stratosphere in refined surroundings in EC4. Dried and iced tomato and olive oil cake; chilled pea soup, peanut marshmallow and vanilla; Fried Mushrooms, Sweetcorn and Tarragon Sponge; Salted and Ash Baked Celeriac and Kale. You can see where they are headed, and they boast of being Michelin-recommended. Prices to match though!