Veganism has gone mainstream and we the people are demanding proper menus that aren’t just salads. Thankfully, more and more options are becoming available. These are some of the best…
The once niche dietary requirement is fast becoming a way of life for many of us.
According to The Vegan Society, the number of people in the UK identifying as vegans has increased by 350% over the past decade, with supermarkets reporting a 43% increase in sales of vegetables compared to the last 12 months.
And last January, 84% of the 168,000 active ‘Veganuary’ participants were women aged under 35.
So, given the number of British vegans are growing, it only makes sense that restaurants and supermarkets catch up with the demand.
And they are. Whether you’re grabbing something for lunch to eat al-desko, or looking for sustenance on a shopping pilgrimage to Southside Wandsworth shopping centre, these are some of the best options to look out for.
Boring salad options need not apply.
This is the mother of all vegan options.
The pan-Asian institution’s cult classic katsu curry is finally available in dairy-free form and is part of a standalone vegan menu (not just a couple of options).
Boasting crispy panko breadcrumbed seitan, aromatic curry sauce, sticky white rice and a seasoned side salad, it’s not a huge departure from your non-vegan katsu and is just as moreish.
Costa Coffee’s chipotle bean and butternut squash wrap
This vegan and gluten-free lunch favourite is filled with chipotle chilli relish, roasted butternut squash, spinach, red onion, sweetcorn, black turtle beans and coriander, and is the ideal grab-and-go snack.
The chipotle gives it a real kick, taking it to another level of satisfaction.
GBK’s California burger
The fact that burger chains are jumping on the vegan wagon proves that being vegan doesn’t mean having to give up your guilty pleasures – and we’re all for that.
This pan-fried bean patty comes garnished with vegan cheddar, smashed avocado, harissa vegan mayo, paprika onions, relish and salad – all housed in a sourdough bun. Hello, heaven.
Rossopomodoro’s marinara pizza
A vegan pizza may sound like an oxymoron, but stay with us here.
The marinara doesn’t even need a cheese substitute. Instead, it gets its flavour from a Roma tomato sauce, garlic, oregano and basil on top of a traditional Neapolitan dough made with soft flour.
Ekachai’s Nyonya vegetable curry
Fancy a curry? No problem.
This vegetarian curry is chock full of beans, potatoes, tomatoes and sliced tempeh made from fermented soya bean.
And, since the sauce is all coconut, chilli and turmeric gravy, it’s as filling as it is delicious.
Waitrose’s Happy Pear shepherdless pie
Just because you’ve gone vegan doesn’t mean tasty ready-meals are out of the question.
Waitrose have plenty of options, but their vegan shepherd’s pie is a winner - it’s packed full of vegetables (hello tomatoes, carrots, onions, celery and leek), as well as lentils underneath a tasty bed of potatoes.
Comfort food Mondays are still a thing, right?
Pret’s dark chocolate and almond butter cookie
Made from dark chocolate, almond butter, roasted almonds, flour, dark brown sugar, coconut oil and sea salt, it’s no wonder this biscuit is flying off Pret’s shelves, thanks to hungry customers.
From dedicated vegans to blissfully unaware carnivores, this sweet (but guilt-free) treat seriously hits the spot.
Whether you’re going for dinner with friends or just looking to treat yourself, Southside Wandsworth has all of the above food destinations and more. Visit now.