Oh I do love a good buffet. From the all-you-can-eats to the pay-by-the-plates, London is home to some really good veggie restaurants that let you fill your boots on delicious, freshly cooked, meat-free meals.
Here are 3 of my favourites for 3 different occasions:
Post-Gym Refuel: Beatroot, Soho
This brightly coloured cafe looks like something designed by toy company Fisher Price (think lots of plastic in lurid primary colours), but don’t let that put you off. You pay for either a small (£4.70), med (£6.20) or large (£7.20) serving, and load up on any combination of hot and cold veggie food, including pastas, salads, stir fries and even their yummy puff pastry soya-sausage rolls. A decent coffee/tea selection makes this a great place for a quick lunch, too.
Hangover Cure: 222 Veggie Vegan, West Kensington
Open since 2004, 222 is a cute little restaurant situated near West Brompton tube station. In the evening, you can order from the a la carte menu and tuck in to dishes like the Seitan Stroganoff (£10.95) or the Oyster Mushroom and Spinach Raclette (£11.95) and wash it down with a bottle of wine. The lunch buffet however, offers incredible value – for just £7.50 you can help yourself to an all-you-can-eat selection of raw salads and hot dishes, freshly prepared in small quantities. I did just that whilst suffering from an especially bad hangover and it sorted me right out. Highly recommended.
Dinner & Drinks: Tibits, Central London
Pay by the weight of your plate at this trendy vegetarian restaurant situated in stylish cul-de-sac Heddon Street (just off Regent Street). The plush interior makes it feel a bit more like a trendy wine bar, but don’t be fooled – they take the food very seriously, and even went fully vegan for Valentine’s day this year. It can be easy to overspend when you’re paying by the weight of your food, but I promise that at least the breadth of choice and the quality here makes it worth the spend. PS. Get one of the vegan brownies to go – they are amazing!
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