This week our food guru Angel shares her favourite plant-based eateries around London to fuel your week.
Research has shown that what we eat is intrinsically linked to how we feel. All the time, our gut is talking to our brain, whether we’re hungry, stressed or maybe feeling unsafe. Think about the times when you feel satisfied after a light and fresh meal—that is probably because you have taken care of the microbes in your gut so that they’re sending healthy signals to your brain. Given that food is such a central part of everyone’s daily life and of society as a whole, I can’t help but wonder: when it comes to food, do we always think about how to navigate ourselves best?
Some days ago, a friend visited London for the first time. She said that she found it quite easy to travel around with a map and GPS. However, when wandering along the busy streets, she recalled that someone once asked her, ‘The world map may guide you around the world; but have you found the map that guides your heart?”. If you have ever asked for directions, you probably know that sometimes you may come across the newcomers just like yourself. In that case, “sorry, I don’t know either” would be a common answer; if the people you run into are really familiar with the area, they would tell you to walk down street A or get in bus B. Besides that, they also pass you reassurance and calmness through their worlds. It is actually with the calm and reassuring feeling that one does not feel lost anymore.
Now that maps and GPS need to be kept updated, the map of one’s inner world also needs to upgrade. From what we eat and where we live, to what we do and how we feel, when the inner map becomes more and more clear, one would always have the light that guides their way forward. As the saying goes, ‘You are what you eat.’ Being able to fuel yourself with healthy and wholesome food is an achievement. We all know that fruit and veg are good for the soul, so here, I’d like to recommend five plant-based restaurants in London that offer different kinds of cuisines. If you’re looking for good places to dine out or happen to be nearby, make sure to check them out.
The name tibits is derived from the English word “tidbit”, meaning “a small, tasty piece of food”. This vegetarian restaurant has been my top choice whenever I need to eat out with my friends, simply because of its variety of selection as well as lovely atmosphere. So far, all my friends who have been there spoke highly of it.
- offering a buffet of various cuisines as well as desserts and drinks
- allergen information labelled for every dish
- elegant and cosy environment
- moderate price
- limited choices of warm dishes
- 12-14 Heddon Street (off Regent Street), London, W1B 4DA
- 132 Southwark St, London SE1 0SW
Redemption, Notting Hill
Redemption has three branches in London but I like this one the most. I remember when the staff learnt that I don’t eat any allium vegetables, they told me to let them know beforehand and they would prepare a special version of their best-selling vegan burger for me.
- offering warm dishes
- friendly staff
- comfortable environment
- special dietary preferences can be satisfied if requested in advance
- poor lighting
Address: 6 Chepstow Road, London, W2 5BH
Apart from the fact that it is situated in such a quiet neighbourhood near Oxford Street, Deliciously Ella’s deli also has a very calm and chill interior design—an ideal place for chatting and relaxing.
- offering delicious food, healthy drinks and gluten-free vegan desserts
- cosy environment
- mostly cold salads
- high price
Address: 18-20 Weighhouse Street, London, W1K 5LU
If you’re a fan of raw, fermented and steamed food, Vantra may be your kind of place.
- offering a buffet of mostly vegan and allium-free food with delicious sauces and desserts
- friendly staff
- mostly oil-free stews and salads with strong flavours
- unpleasant atmosphere
Address: 5 Wardour St, London W1D 6PB
Sagar, West End
About 10-min walk from UCL, I had my first experience of southern Indian food in Sagar and was so impressed by the rich spices used in their cooking!
- offering an onion-free and garlic-free menu (may use asafetida)
- comparatively big portions
- similar dish style with strong seasoning and flavours
- average environment
Address: 17a Percy Street (off Tottenham Court Road), London, W1T 1DU