10 places to get a Budget Gourmet Vegetarian Meal in London
|July 1, 2013||Posted by under Places|
So you’ve found yourself in London and are looking for a good vegetarian restaurant. Oh, and you’re also on a budget. London might have a reputation as one of the most expensive cities to visit (or live in), but if you know where to look you can find some fantastic, and inexpensive vegetarian restaurants.
In fact, here are 12 vegetarian restaurants, in no particular order, that combine the best of both worlds. They’re really good and can be experienced on a budget (£30 quid or so).
1. The Gate Islington (370 St John Street, London, EC1V 4NN)
Partner to its sister restaurant in Hammersmith (currently closed for renovations), The Gate Islington has a friendly, warm atmosphere that serves some fantastic vegetarian dishes. Working from a set menu you should have no trouble finding something good to eat.
2. Mildred’s (45 Lexington Street, London, W1F 9AN)
Opened in 1988, Mildred’s serves freshly made dishes in an informal atmosphere that is very inviting. You will get your money’s worth dining at Mildred’s. The restaurant does not take bookings so be prepared to wait during the busy times. It’s worth it.
3. Food for Thought (31 Neal Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9PR)
A nice little vegetarian café with a good menu awaits you at Food for Thought. Very reasonable prices and its friendly service make this a real winner. If you like to cook, be sure to pick up a copy of their cookbook while visiting. Also an FYI, they only accept cash for payment.
4. Vitao (74 Wardour Street, London, W1F 0TE)
A very enjoyable vegan restaurant, Vitao works with only fresh, organic ingredients in its dishes. Their philosophy is based around “gourmet life food.” For those with special dietary needs, the staff of Vitao can help you find the perfect meal.
5. Sagar (three locations in London)
This restaurant specializes in South Indian vegetarian cuisine. This is a great way to add a bit of exotica to your vegetarian dining. For a very reasonable price you will walk out of Sagar very full and content.
6. Tibits (12-14 Hendon Street, London, W1B 4DA)
Looking for one of London’s best vegetarian/vegan buffets? Then look no further than Tibits. Priding itself on its seasonal dishes, this restaurant offers amazingly fresh vegetarian meals thanks to its philosophy of buying locally or only from nearby European countries.
7. Vanilla Black (17-18 Tooks Court, London, EC4A 1LB)
Contemporary vegetarian cooking in an art-deco inspired interior makes for a fabulous dining experience. Vanilla Black makes its dishes into works of art that you might feel a little guilty eating. Just a little.
8. Manna (4 Erskine Road Primrose Hill, London NW3 3AJ)
Laying claim to being the oldest vegetarian restaurant in England is quite an honor. When dining at Manna you’ll see why they have stayed in business for so long. The quality of the food, service and environs is top notch.
9. Saf (The Barkers Building, Whole Foods Market 1st Floor, London, W8 5SE)
This interesting restaurant claims its name derives from an acronym for Simply Authentic Food, or it also means ‘Pure’ in Turkish. No matter what it stands for, you will enjoy the tasty dishes they serve in a bright airy setting.
10. “Blah Blah Blah” (157 Heath Road, Twickenham, Middx, TW1 4BH)
Not only is its name eclectic, but so are their vegetarian dishes. Tastes ranging from Moroccan to the Caribbean can be found at “Blah Blah Blah.” If available when you visit be sure to check out their Potato Roulade.
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