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National Vegetarian Week: five of our favourite veggie-friendly restaurants

Posted at 12:15 pm, May 19, 2014 in Food & Drink

It’s National Vegetarian Week (May 19-25) and time to celebrate all things meat-free. But when it comes to a decent veggie meal in the capital, it’s not always the purists that do it the best. Here are five of our favourite veggie-friendly venues:

Pied A Terre
You’ll always find at least three innovative and beautifully presented veggie starters and mains at this high-end modern European restaurant in Marylebone, like sweet onion and chicory tart with buttered salsify, or carrots cooked in blackened spices. Pied A Terre’s smaller sister restaurant L’Autre Pied has an equally ample offering.

Highlights of the meat-free menu at this Bombay café-inspired restaurant include popular snacks bhel (crunchy puffed rice with tangy tamarind chutney), pau bhaji (toasted white bread rolls with a spicy vegetable stew as a filling) and the exemplary black dal. There’s a second branch in Shoreditch.

Grain Store
Vegetables take centre-stage at Bruno Loubet’s latest venture. Housed in the old Victorian warehouse that’s also home to St Martin’s Art School, the venue’s just as striking as the dishes.

Counters are piled high at this Islington café with an appealing range of Middle Eastern-inspired salads, plus tarts, breads, cakes and sweets. There are other branches in Notting Hill and Belgravia, or in central London try Yotam Ottolenghi’s other veggie-friendly venture Nopi.

Yalla Yalla 
This self-styled Beirut street food spot in Soho now has three sites across London, and all of them serve the same impressive range of Lebanese small plates, dips and snacks – many of which are meat-free.

But if you’d rather stay away from others eating anything that used to have a pulse, here’s our pick of the best vegetarian restaurants in town. Happy eating! National Vegetarian Week runs from May 19-25.

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