1. Temple Of Seitan
The pinnacle of vegan fast food, TOS is a force to be reckoned with. As its name suggests, seitan is the centerpiece here – think wings, wraps, burgers, beef-style included – but also sides such as bacon-topped mac and cheese, coleslaw and gravy. If you still have any v-skeptics to impress, this is the place to take them.
2. Biff’s Jack Shack
What TOS is to seitan Biff’s is to jackfruit – watch them reinvent the meaning of wings, loaded fries and burgers with this versatile ingredient.
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3. What The Pitta
Doner kebabs are not off the menu for vegans (although unfortunately unless you’re day drinking this isn’t a late night drunken option), these wraps, filled with seasoned seitan ‘doner meat’ and all the trimmings, are as filling as they are flavoursome.
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This multi-award-winning pizzeria boasts outstanding toppings, makes its own mozzarella and is in the process of opening its own vegan mozzarella factory. Go and see for yourself why this much-loved restaurant has just scooped a top prize at the 2019 World Pizza Championships – which is judged in Italy itself.
5. Young Vegans
Cheesy mash, chips, minted peas and/or Mac and cheese – whatever your side(s) of choice is(are) you can be sure not to be disappointed. Try such hybrids as the cheeseburger pie or stick to traditional steak and ale – don’t forget to get YV’s classic peanut butter mud pie for afters.
If you want to eat clean but still dirty, Genesis is the place for you. With options such as American-style burgers, bahn mi hotdogs and Korean BBQ wings, you can satisfy cravings but with sustainable and organic produce, you’re doing yourself and the environment a favour. Ps. Their vegan Mr Whippy-style soft serve is not to be missed.
Dirty V burgers by brick lane – the classic beef-style patty made with quinoa and black beans is surprisingly meaty, or try the magic mushroom made with spicy panko-crumbed oyster mushrooms. ALERT: Mooshies serves beautifully melting cheez sticks – to not order a portion would truly be a travesty. Brownies and Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream and shakes are also on the menu.
8. Club Mexicana @ The Spread Eagle
The kitchen at London’s first 100% vegan pub serves Mexican-inspired street food, including such dishes as tacos (beer-battered tofish and tempeh bacon are personal faves), burgers, wings and of course fully loaded nachos. Desserts include horchata flavoured cheesecake and taco shells stuffed with an intriguing angel delight-trifle hybrid.
9. Owl + Hitchhiker
Self-proclaimed ‘vegan junk dealers’ based in Holloway, this omni pub still has a full-on vegan menu. Beefless burgers, chickish burgers, tacos and strips, white truffle mac and cheese and even a crispy seitan burger with mac and cheese and facon are just some of its offerings.
10. Sutton And Sons
Enjoy Cockney’s vegan finest at the first 100% vegan chip shop in London, which boasts a homemade banana blossom ‘fish’ that’s been marinated in seaweed and samphire then deep fried in batter. The innovative menu also includes classic veganised options such as ‘prawn’ cocktail, ‘scampi’, tofish, ‘chicken’ and ‘fish’ burgers, battered sausages and Young Vegans’ pie and mash.
11. Eat Chay
Vegan fish and chips?? From an Asian-inspired vendor?? That’s right – and it’s DELICIOUS. EC do it their way though with the addition of chilli to the classic dill and tartar sauce accompaniments to stay true to their Vietnamese roots. KFT or Korean fried tofu is also available, as well as bao, bahn mi and bowls.
For more on Eat Chay see Vegan Boxpark
12. Chip Nation
Bang in the centre of Soho lies a place to get the most pimped up chips you could imagine. With over 7000 combos, Chip Nation is completely veggie but there are also a multitude of vegan options available such as Korean BBQ sauce, vegan mayo and toppings including vegan cheese, vegan bacon and fried onions.
13. Black Cat Cafe
Hackney’s first and finest cafe, it has stood the test of time with vegan competition cropping up in the area. Changing menu but expect to see curries, big breakkies, burgers and everything in between. All profits go directly into the community as well so go get some good karma.
14. Dou Dou
As everyone who has ever visited Camden in their youth knows, Dou Dou used to be the best-value vegan food in the area and even with Camden’s ever-changing vegan scene it is still very much present. The whole Chinese buffet is vegan and includes mock meats and veg dishes alike. Unlimited if you eat in, or take away for a little less ££.
The word falafel fills many vegans with fear, evoking such images of dry, underfilled sandwiches – the default last resort for hungry vegans everywhere. But Moaz serve falafels how they should be served: freshly fried and fragrant, placed between hummus or babaganoush slathered pitta with as much salad as is humanly possible to stuff (if you’re feeling decadent, ask for fried aubergines). Moaz’s brief swap to a noodle House from 2016-18 was very distressing for me but I’m happy to report that they are back in the same venue, with seemingly booming business.
16. Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner
Serving up American-style comfort food that have been veganised, with classic dishes including The Dirty Burger (soy mince patty with facon and cheez), the cashew-based Mac’n’Cheez with facon bits and cashew parmesan and seitan buffalo wings with blue cheez sauce, without forgetting their New York-inspired Reuben sandwich and mozzarella sticks.
I know you can find a Leon in pretty much every UK city but I’m mentioning it here as its Love burger is a strong contender for one of the best vegan burgers I’ve ever had. It’s not as huge or fully loaded as many vegan burgers tend to be but it’s meaty enough and the love sauce is perfect replica of a good burger sauce. It’s a super quick option, whose lightness is perfect for lunchtime. Don’t be fooled by this though, it is still pretty filling and, in London, to find a burger under £7 is unheard of. Accompany with baked fries with a vegan jaffa cake or doughnut as dessert.
What do grime fans and vegans have in common? They both love Cookdaily. Lauded by JME himself, Cookdaily used to take up a small, single space at Shoreditch’s Boxpark with regular queues out of the door, quickly extending to two then outgrew Boxpark completely and can now be found at its own London Fields location. Serving a variety of bowls with kingcookdairly’s unique spin on classics such as a full english, chickn & mushroom pie. Do not miss the legendary High-Grade sauce, buy a bottle to take home and watch all your dishes become sensational.
19. The Diner
This omni London chain has upped its vegan game in recent years with a separate veggie/vegan menu in Dalston, Shoreditch, Spitalfields and Strand branches. From vegan pancakes to philly cheese steaks, burgers, tacos, hot dogs, cheez fries and even queso, there is a classic American dish to suit even the fussiest of vegans.
20. Arancini Brothers
Formally omni, this London chain took the vegan plunge in 2018 and has never looked back. As the name suggests, they mainly specialise in the eponymous deep-fried Sicilian dish but also serve stews, wraps and risotto-pattied burgers – the latter includes the FGV, with double cheese, pickles and crispy onions, it’s named after rather big (vegan) cheese in the vegan blogging game – Fat Gay Vegan. For those of you who don’t know what arancini is, it’s a risotto ball which has been breadcrumbed and deep-fried. DELICIOUS.
21. Loving Hut
Archway is the London location of this worldwide vegan branch. Home of Chinese classics such as crispy duck, chicken satay skewers, crispy beef, spare ribs and Prawn Fried Rice – their extensive menu even includes various types of burgers, curies and fish and chips.
Basically any classic takeaway you could want, Loving Hut will have veganised.
22. The Full Nelson
This fully veggie kitchen in the depths of south east london (SE8 postcode!) is part of a quirky pub and as well as being able to veganise everything, offers a dinner and brunch menu that’s the perfect hangover cure. For brunch expect stacked savoury and sweet pancakes, chkn and waffles, tofu ‘eggs’ benedict and of course a full English. For dinner expect burgers, seitan wings, corn dogs… and…a battered deep-fried double-stuffed oreo and ice cream.
One of the first London destinations for vegan junk food, Vx was a godsend for me as a young vegan living in London. My monthly pilgrimages gave me access to refrigerated vegan goods, such as fake meat and cheese, cream cakes and hot vegan snacks. Now it offers a plethora of treats such as, chikn nugs, bbq ribs, cheesy chips, all-day breakfasts, Blue cheese Seitan burger, 3 Cheese Meatball Pasta bowl and even a Mac’n’cheese & Meatball baked wrap. PHEW.
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