There was a time when eating out was a game of chance for vegans. You’d always need a few spare snacks in your bag just in case you ended up in one of those restaurants that thought you could ‘still eat chicken and fish’.
Luckily, as more people join the herbivore gang, restaurants and cafes have expanded their menus to include a range of meals that don’t contain any animal products at all. Here’s a selection of dishes you can happily eat on a day out at Cabot Circus without a worry.
1. Pret a Manger has totally upped its vegetarian and vegan offerings and introduced a selection of dishes that have vegetables as the main act. We’d recommend the Super Beans, Broccoli and Turmeric Cauli Veggie Box, £4.50, or the Sweet Potato Falafel and Smashed Beets Veggie Box, £4.50.
2. It’s not a place you’d naturally gravitate towards as a vegan, but why not pay a visit to GBK? Although its specialty is hamburgers, it might pleasantly surprise you with its Dippy Hippy Burger, £7.95, which features a fusion of aubergine, pineapple and tahini (among other things).
3. Japanese dining includes plenty of dishes with vegetables as the main act, so Wagamama is a good choice for vegans. Try the Yasai Itame, £10.50 – a tasty selection of stir-fried vegetables – or get the Yasai Pad Thai, £9.75, but with egg-free noodles.
4. Harvey Nichols Second Floor Bar & Restaurant has lots of vegan options and the set menu can even be tailored to your needs. Make sure you book in advance to tell them you’re a vegan, so they can offer a selection of dishes for you to choose from. The set menu costs £20 for two courses and £22 for three.