There are more than 17000 places to eat in London, but as a vegetarian, I cannot always rely on the reviews as criteria to choose where to dine, sometimes these reviews reflect the quality of the whole menu rather than the vegetarian options. On this page, I will share my findings regarding good vegetarian food in London. Feel free to send suggestions of that little place that only you know that serves the best food ever.
After a few disappointing dinners, I am pleased to add one more restaurant to this list of great vegetarian food in London. Javamar is my new favourite Mayfair jewel, the finely decor set prepares you for a meal that has nothing of ordinary. The small plates are carefully thought to take you on a tasteful journey across the Indian cuisine. Delicately spiced dishes that are only surpassed by the perfectly balanced desserts. The friendly and attentive staff doesn’t let the smart and upscale feeling of the place put you off. Very pleased with the service, our waiter for the evening Mr Pretesh a young man very polite, attentive and friendly guided us through the meal describing the dishes with a notorious passion for the food. The prices are very decent for the quality of the food and the Mayfair standards. Pardon me for the quality of the pictures.
Since my mate Daisy from the kitchen had shared very tempting photos from the dishes at Pachamama that I’ve been wanting to go there. My first time in a Peruvian restaurant but I was very excited about it, great reviews across the internet and 5 vegetarian options for main was a safe choice for his birthday dinner.
The place is nicely decorated, lighting is perfect (except for the pictures, sorry in advance), prices are very decent. Portions are small but it gives you the opportunity to order your own selection. Service is quite fast also, you can always order more as you go. Food was incredible, if you like mushrooms you need to go try their Smoked mushroom ceviche, maíz, smoked olive oil, it really raises the standards of good food. Had also the chance to try the pisco and their Bebé Gastón I believe, a cocktail with Fresh rocoto chilli, fresh lime and ginger beer, this one lost balance over time and the chilli became a bit too much, not my best choice to pair with a vegetarian meal.
Was a quick visit on a school night that left me wanting for more, looking forward to another excuse to return and try the remaining dishes, leave you with the pictures of the chosen ones. We skipped dessert this time because my chocolate tartuffo birthday cake for him awaited us. We have not left without a treat from the management for the birthday boy, Peruvian chilli & cacao truffles, highly recommended.
I’ve returned to Tayyabs the other day for dinner after almost two years, the place has 3 floors, is open 7 days a week and it is always full this is how good this restaurant is. I confess the smell of grilled meat in this place bothers me if you feel the same then, I strongly advise you not to go there. I was in the area and feeling quite hungry so I went there. Tayyabs has two of my favourite vegetables on the menu, Okra (Bhindi) and Bittergourd (Karele) with lentils. And that’s exactly what I went for.
The Punjabi Chana Dal with the karele was top, (click here for my chana dal fry recipe) The bhindi curry was also good. We ordered Roti, one of the best in London, and paratha that was quite average and it is expensive to the place,£3,50.
This Vietnamese restaurant turned out to be a lovely surprise, had lunch here on a Saturday and it was great. The place is small and usually busier from 7 to 9 pm.
Was quite hungry so I’ve ordered the Vietnamese baguette and a Spicy tofu & aubergine braised in clay pot rice set for the main course, It was my first time having a Bánh mì, the Vietnamese baguette this one with Tofu and Lemongrass and it was incredibly good, bread was light and crusty the filling was so fresh and tasty. The main course was food for the heart, perfectly steamed basmati rice with rich braised tofu and aubergine clay pot, comes with an amazing vegetable soup packed with flavour and crunchy pickled daikon & carrots sticks. Can’t wait to go back and try the Cơm cà ri chay | Spicy tofu & vegetable coconut curry.
Kensington | Shoreditch | King’s Cross | Carnaby | Covent Garden
Have visited Dishoom in Shoreditch, there was a big queue, which is normal for the popular restaurants in London on a Friday evening, but I really wanted to try this Bombay café so we waited in line for about 35 minutes, a selection of complimentary mini refreshments were offered to minimize the inconvenience, I had a mini cup of chai and I must say it was the best I’ve ever had.
After seating and ordering, the food doesn’t take long to arrive, I decided to have the Mumbai street food classic pav bhaji (see my recipe here) and a comforting black daal, they were both delicious and well worth the wait in line, there are plenty of other vegetarian options and even special diets dedicated menus like vegan or gluten-free. I’m planning to go back to dishoom and try the breakfast menu.
Sri Lankan inspired food
Soho | St Christopher’s Place
Had a late lunch at the Hoppers in Soho, they don’t take reservations so I head up to the place, there was a 20 minutes waiting queue, they kept my phone number and sent a reminder when the table was about to be ready, I like this electronic queuing system, instead of waiting in line one can go for a walk in the meantime.
We had a hopper with chutneys, a brinjal moju and a Vegetable Kothu Roti. All the food was very tasty and fresh, the portions are quite small but the food arrives very fast so you can always order more as you go, the prices are decent and the service on that day was excellent.
Maharashtrian Vegetarian Cafe-style Eatery
I don’t remember how it starts but it always ends up with me ignoring the travel time in London and embracing the trip almost as a pilgrimage to these places, all for the sake of great food, in this case, Mumbai fast food.
If just like me you find yourself often craving for these delicacies or if you have not yet had a chance to have the most authentic Mumbai street food in London, then head up to Harrow, 8 minutes walk from the Harrow & Wealdstone station will lead you to this small cafe-style vegetarian eatery place.
How awesome it is when you know you can order anything on the menu? all vegetarian, all reasonably priced. Queue to order here tends to get big which is always a great indicator of the quality, and you might not immediately find a place to seat but it all adds up to build even more appetite.
The food, I ordered the iconic dish that gives the name to this cafe, vada pav, this triple chutney spiced potato filling deep fried in a gram flour better served in a bap and garnished with a fried green chilli, has everything to be a winner. I remember thinking I could have this every single day, this is how good vada pav is. One and half hours trip from home for this snack totally worth it but to make the experience even better, I’ve also tried the very hot misal pav a spicy curry made of sprouts, chickpeas and chilli powder served with pav on top of farsan a Gujarati snack, pav bhaji very authentic and the most amazing samosa pav. To try next time, kanda poha (see my recipe here), available only on the weekends
It was June last year and what started as my craving for cinnamon rolls quickly escalated into a quest to find the best one in London, after some research and a few tries I came across this little Swedish bakery in Covent Garden, where I had the most perfect freshly baked, perfectly balanced in sweetness and cinnamon with a hint of cardamom and topped with little crunchy sugar nibs cinnamon roll or in Swedish Kanelbullar