Qin XieWednesday 1 Nov 2017 12:01 am
Dining out with your non-vegan friends when you’re a vegan can be very difficult.
While there are plenty of ‘normal’ restaurants out there, not all of them will cater to vegans – and few of them are able to do it well. And your non-vegan friends don’t necessarily want to go vegan, even if it’s just for one meal.
But November is the perfect time to eat out with your non-vegan friends, especially in London, as many restaurants around the city are upping their plant-based offering for World Vegan Day and World Vegan Month.
So what if your non-vegan friend are sticking with their meat dishes? At least you will get a good feeding this time around.
Here are five restaurants going vegan this month:
Canary Wharf restaurant Bokan is launching a five-course vegan menu for World Vegan Month, which is available from November 1.
Dishes include aubergine and piquillo peppers with roquette coulis and black olives (pictured) and pumpkin risotto with chives and truffle.
It’s on the pricey side at £50 per person but you do get some stunning views from its 37th floor location.
Having launched just two months ago in September, Flavour Bastard is stepping up to the vegan plate with a new plant-based menu, which will be available indefinitely from November 1.
It’s all about the small plates and diners can choose from dishes like miso and mango glazed aubergine with peanut crumble or chickpea salad with rose harissa, parsley and date syrup.
And because it’s Flavour Bastard, expect to taste a few cuisines on your plate.
Foxlow, the sister restaurant group to Hawksmoor, is normally all about their steaks.
But for World Vegan Month, they are launching a selection of vegan dishes, including roast acorn squash pie with vegan gravy and an aubergine ‘steak’ with wild mushrooms, onions and vegan Bearnaise, across all their London branches.
And perhaps best of all, the current plan is to keep most of the vegan dishes on the menu after November.
City restaurant Coq d’Argent has put together a three-course vegan menu and you get to choose between three different dishes for each course.
Candied beetroot and black truffle with honey dressing and spiced vegetable couscous are just a couple of the options.
Three courses will set you back £40 though, and there’s a cover charge.
If you’re after a 24-hour option, head to Liverpool Street’s Polo Bar.
Going with the theme of all-day breakfast, they will have a vegan English Breakfast with spinach, hash browns, roasted mushrooms, beans, grilled tomato, avocado and toast, as well as a vegan Benedict with a sweet potato base, guacamole, hummus and home-made salsa rossa.
It will be available throughout November.