THE BEST VEGAN RESTAURANTS IN EAST LONDON
There’s potentially no better place in the UK to be vegan, than London. Across a variety of food genres, vegan restaurants are popping up everywhere and with them making a new range of ingredients popular, ingredients that you wouldn’t ordinarily have found in supermarkets five years ago.
Stratford and the wider East London area is no exception to the rule with great options for vegan diners available. Here’s a round up of the best vegan restaurants in East London.
A casual dining experience with a conscience – in fact, that’s the running theme behind MOTHER. Each element of the café, from the menu to the running of it focuses on sustainability and less waste. Everything has been designed in such a way as to create an eco-conscious environment.
The interiors are relaxed, stylish and comfortable. The menu is concise but perfectly formed. At breakfast you can expect classics like smashed avocado on sourdough, or the more unusual, but delicious, pumpkin pancakes with blueberries, cinnamon and maple syrup. Lunchtime brings exciting twists on classics like the Mother Burger with activated onion, Mother Nachos with beet hummus, or the Mother bowl filled with sweet potato mousse, quinoa, smoked seeds, slaw, beet hummus and sprouts.
For more information and to view the menu, visit theMOTHER website.
1 Canalside, Here East Estate
Hackney Wick, E20 3BS
Serves: Breakfast & lunch
Rasa’s restaurant in Stoke Newington focuses the menu around South Indian, vegetarian cuisine – complete with an abundance of vegan options (including vegan ice cream). Slightly off the beaten track, this is a gem that, once found, you’ll want to return to.
Offering dinner at reasonable prices in a traditional setting, the bright pink exterior mirrors the vivid flavours within the dishes. Start with plant-based small plates like dosas – pancakes served with spiced vegetables and chutneys before you move onto your main. Here you can expect curries and larger plates in a varying degree hotness, served alongside fragrant rice and breads.
Book your table via theRasa website.
55 Stoke Newington Church Street
WAVE, or We Are Vegan Everything, is more than just a vegan café – although it is a great vegan café. The venue hosts an event space, yoga classes, dance workshops, painting classes and more. But at the heart of it is a café where you can come and enjoy guilt-free vegan food, cakes, coffees and more.
Classic dishes like mac and cheese, or “salmon” bagel have a vegan makeover, rounded off with pastries or pancakes from the sweet menu.
Daily juices, specials and shakes are also available, providing healthy fuel for your day.
To find out more, visit the WAVE website.
11 Dispensary Lane, Mare Street
Hackney, E8 1FT
Serves: Breakfast & lunch