5 of the best vegan restaurants in north London
Veganuary, the global movement urging people to give up meat, dairy and other animal products for the month of January, is now in its sixth year. The popularity of veganism has soared since 2014, with more options on the supermarket shelves than ever before. But if you’re getting tired of tofu and bored of beans, London is packed with plant-based restaurants to provide a bit of variety. Time Out recommends these five vegan eateries close to Islington and Hackney – great too if you just fancy a change from the Christmas meat-fest.
1. Cook Daily
Relaxed, canteen-style, Hackney diner, whose head chef learnt his trade in Michelin-star establishments. Mains options include a vegan chickn & mushroom pie with cream of truffle or Yoga Fire – a spiced chickpea and sweet potato curry. Clientele are thought to include rappers Skepta and Prof Green.
2. Itadaki Zen
Claiming to be Europe’s first Japanese restaurant that’s also vegan and organic, this tiny Kings Cross kitchen offers a range of set menus with sushi, noodles, tempura and bento boxes to choose from – a definite change from the usual vegan fare.
This Hackney workers’ cooperative promises delicious vegan snacks, including ‘the best sausage rolls and samosas in the universe’. You can also pick up cakes, milkshakes and coffee. A good choice if January also sees you on a budget.
If vegan and pizza are two words you can’t imagine uttering in one sentence, Purezza might convince you otherwise. Founded in 2015, as the first vegan pizzeria in the UK, you’ll find branches in Camden and Brighton. Menu options include Here Comes Truffle with wood smoked tofu and mixed wild forest mushrooms or Parmigiana Party with mozzarella, aubergine parmigiana and crumbled sausages.
5. Stem + Glory
Chic, modern and bright, Stem + Glory, near the Barbican, has been voted the best vegan restaurant in London (and Cambridge where you’ll find its original branch). There’s an all-day set menu with tapas-style small plates and mains including luxury lasagne, Swedish meatballs and paella Marisco (featuring palm heart calamari, beetroot chorizo and oyster mushrooms).