True, many will say you should go Vegan full time for its vast benefits to the planet (not to mention health and ethical arguments) and true, there is always great vegan food to be found in London. No one is denying this, BUT, January is a particularly great time to adopt a plant-based diet, if only to take part in Veganuary.
Millions around the world give up meat for a month as part of Veganuary, and as a result, plenty of businesses offer menus and specials throughout the month that you wouldn’t normally get. Here’s some of the finest limited-edition plates you’ll find across the capital this month.
Veganuary menus and specials from businesses that aren’t fully vegan
1. The Breakfast Club
There’s plenty of these scattered around London, but one of their spots is going vegan for the entire month of January, offering up a treasure trove of plant-based dishes including a fry up made from Redefine Meat sausages, La Vie bacon, potato scones, Breakfast Club posh beans, scrambled tofu, mushrooms and roasted tomatoes. Their Soho branch is the all vegan site, but across their other sites you’ll find their new plant-based options to chomp down on. Read more about it here!
2. Fatt Pundit
We’ve raved about this Indo-Chinese haven before, which serves up delightful dishes to many a theatregoer in the West End. Handily, if you’re doing Veganuary, you won’t miss out on their beautiful flavours, as there’s a dedicated menu boasting items including Momos, Bombay chilli mock chicken with celery, and a mean sizzling brownie. Check out the full special menu here!
3. Big Mamma Restaurants
You’ve probably heard us bang on abut the holy trifecta of truffle pasta connoisseurs (Gloria, Ave Mario and Circolo Popolare) many a time. Fans will be delighted to hear that a special menu welcomes in a new entrant this month, in the form of a vegan pizza. The Feel Gourd Vibes Pizza is concocted using pumpkin cream with thyme, fresh spinach, Julienne Bruno vegan cheese, pine nuts – and it’s safe to say the results are spectacular. View the full menu here!
A pocket of Malaysian flavour lies in Market Peckham, and this month you can go to town on their vegan offerings. Part of Michelin-star trained Abby Lee’s latest venture, Mambow packs a punch with a helping of Pasembur (onion fritters with sweet potato and peanut sauce with grilled turnips and apple slices); a splash of Pumpkin Kapitan (roasted pumpkin wedges in a lemongrass, turmeric and coconut sauce curry sauce with sugar snap peas & deep fried spring onions; plus much more. Check out their menu here.
A key part of Marylebone’s dining scene, Jikoni is opening up for lunch this month to serve an entirely vegetarian set menu, honouring the fine produce of Jikoni’s biodynamic farm partner, Waltham Farm. The menu gets you a snack, starter, main, side and dessert, with both vegan and vegetarian dishes at play. I’ve got my eye on the soy marinated Waltham Place beetroots with whipped tofu and pickled ginger; and the potato and collard greens pakora, but there’s plenty of different palettes covered here, so take your pick. You can view their entire set menu, which runs between 12-3pm every Wednesday – Friday. Find out more about Jikoni here.
Chuku’s is another spot we’ve absolutely raved about in the past, championing their flavour-packed Nigerian Tapas Brunch. This month, anyone and everyone can devour their vegan offerings, which come in the form of multiple small plates including Adalu, a slow-cooked comfort stew; Dodo, fried plantain tossed in cinnamon sugar and coconut; Jollof Quinoa; and much more. You’ll find it in Tottenham, and it’s a must for any vegan meals out this month. View all of Chuku’s menus here.
7. Crust Bros
Crust Bros are the masters of personalised pizza across three London locations (Waterloo, Wandsworth, Boxpark Croydon), but this month they’re offering up a divine vegan pizza this month. It’s called the ‘Little Miss Sunshine – which, let’s be honest, we all need a bit of this month – and it’s made up with melted veganarella, yellow datterini tomatoes, and ve-du-ja, a vegan play on the ever-popular nduja that people love to slather all over their pizzas. Head down this month to try this beautiful creation, and find out more about Crust Bros on their website.
Over on Wigmore Street, you’ll find Cavita, one of London’s finest new restaurants serving up devilishly tasty Mexican dishes. This month, it’s a paradise of plant-based cuisine to match the leafy overhanging plants that decorate the restaurant. Vegan dishes come in the form of Mooli and pomegranate ceviche, with amaranth, avocado, lemon leaves, lime, habanero and nasturtium flowers; a Tetela de calabaza, filled with butternut squash and crushed chickpeas, served with morita sauce and mixed herbs; and much more! Read more about Cavita here!
Vegan spots running specials throughout this month
9. En Root
You’ll find En Root in multiple locations around south London, each guaranteeing a fine array of plant-based Indian food. This month you’ll find limited Veganuary options including an Indian-inspired take on Mac and Cheese, and a Winter Stewdem with Kenyan style cassava, corn and coconut. Both dishes go alongside the En Root classics, and if you’re not feeling like a meal out, then there’s also a sweet 20% off all month on JustEat. Check out En Root here.
10. We Are Vegan Everything (WAVE)
The duo of beautiful vegan cafés in Hackney and Stoke Newington are offering 2-for-1 deals on many of their vegan items throughout the month. Fancy getting bang for your buck on apple crumble pancakes – yes, you read that correctly – or a plate of Belgian waffles (exclusive to the Stoke Newington site)? Head down now, and try some of their brilliant savoury vegan dishes before indulging yourself with these fine desserts. Read more about WAVE here!
11. The Spread Eagle
You think London’s first fully vegan pub wouldn’t have something lined up for Veganuary? Think again. Over at the Spread Eagle you can tuck into a limited menu that’s only around this month, and it’s sounding pretty darn delicious. Their selection includes plates of the big and small variety, from a mushroom kebab to tandoori cauliflower to a mean sounding sticky toffee pudding. Ah, pints and pudding. A combo for the ages – find out more via The Spread Eagle’s website!
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