January is the month when many people make New Year Resolutions and try out new things- both of which are then inevitably neglected after a few days. If you are still searching for a resolution that you might actually stick to, why not try ‘Veganuary’? Veganuary is a charity whose aim is to inspire people to become Vegan for the month of January and then hopefully for the rest of the year! Contrary to the popular belief that Vegan restaurants are something of a myth, incapable of offering tasty, nutritious and wholesome foods, below are a few options that contradict these notions:
1). Mildred’s: Situated in Soho, Mildred’s aims to offer good value, fresh and colourful international vegetarian and vegan food, and has become a popular fixture since it opened in the 80’s. The warm buzzing atmosphere, coupled with queues that extend out of the restaurant door, are both evidence that Mildred’s has become a phenomenon. There are a plethora of food options available, such as the polish burger which consists of: beetroot, white bean and dill in a vegan brioche bun with iceberg lettuce, pickled cabbage and gherkin. As an avid meat eater, I was a little reluctant to try this vegan delicacy, however, one bite obliterated all hesitancy. The first thing I noticed about this burger was the vibrant pink colour of the patty, which triggered a buzz of excitement in my belly which increased with each bite. Mildred’s is a secret gem tucked away in the side streets of Soho, and deserves to be found and enjoyed frequently.
Address: 45 lexington street, London, W1F 9AN
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus
2). Also celebrating Veganuary is All Stars Bowling Lane, with their new: ‘can’t believe they’re vegan’ specials. They offer a vegan feast with homemade tortilla chips, dipped into a kidney bean based Texas Hummus as one example of the dishes available. As well as a Spicy Nacho Vegan Burger, and a gorgeously warm Apple Turnover & Soy milk ice cream. What makes this feast even better is that you can also get 50% off the menu by quoting ‘January’ when you book. Surely that is enough incentive to go? Overall, All Stars Bowling Lane allows you to experience great food at a discount price, a great atmosphere, and a game of bowling all under one roof! What more could you possibly ask for?
Address: 95 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Nearest Station: Aldgate East
3). Need something a little closer to home and something that is not too experimental? Nando’s is a safe and easy option; with a little bit of menu alteration, you can create your very own vegan feast. They offer a new menu which boasts of a variety of vegetarian options, all of which can be made vegan by opting for a ‘no mayo’ option! Alternatively, choose an option from the menu, order a side of garlic bread, and all of a sudden your garlic bread pieces act as a bun, ready to sandwich together your desired chosen fillings – a cheaper yet effective option. Speaking from personal experience, I was pleasantly surprised when I swapped my chicken in Nando’s for a Beanie Pitta, which was remarkably filling and delicious. Why not give it a try?
4). Lastly, in the spirit of Veganuary, I cannot end this article without mentioning Wagamama’s new vegetarian and vegan menu, which is designed and inspired around the idea that meat free options should not necessarily be taste free. Their new menu offers nutritious options of a good, hearty portion size that leave you feeling satisfied. Wagamama in particular, specially caters for all dietary needs and allergies, whilst also giving diners the option to remove a certain ingredient if they do not- or cannot- have it!