One of my favourite things to do (and probably where most of my money goes) is to try new restaurants. Whether it’s Indian, Thai, American, Chinese, Lebanese, whatever the cuisine it doesn’t matter. If they have a vegan option then i’m there.
Since becoming vegan there are 5 meals that have stood out for me. I really did think that an Indian would have made it into this list as I eat a lot of Indian food. However some others pipped my favourite Indian meals to the post.
Without further ado, here are my top 5 vegan meals out to date.
At Manna’s I ordered the bangers and mash and it was quite honestly sensational. I remember being a little skeptical as I’m not a fan of vegan sausages, in particular the quorn creations, but this was nothing like that. The ingredients were fresh and the texture was crumbly in a good way. It was a delicious dish that I’d highly recommend.
For dessert I had their vegan cheesecake with raspberry coulis. Oh my, I remember my taste buds doing a happy dance. Delicious. I’ve since been back and tried their blueberry cheesecake which was equally delectable.
You can read a full review of Manna Restaurant here.
Annie’s Burger Shack
The menu at Annie’s Burger Shack was slightly confusing, as they had chicken, crab, fish and all sorts on their menu, however they stated that everything could be made vegan. Hmm.
It did turn out to be true, however I opted for what I thought was a more tame option called “The Gringo.” It was described as a burger topped with a crispy tortilla basket, chilli garlic sauce, filled with Mexican spiced rice, refried beans, salsa, sour cream and a green Mexican chilli sticking out the middle. I also chose sweet potato fries to go along with it. Just look at it. It’s an insane creation, but absolutely delicious.
You can read a full review of Annie’s Burger Shack here.
Camden Market, London
This was one of the first meals that I had out as a vegan and a very memorable one at that. You can find Maize Blaze at Camden Market where I ordered their Lean Mean Vegan Machine meal with guacamole. It included sautéed mini potatoes, garlic rice, slow-cooked red beans, guacamole, sweet fried plantains, balsamic red cabbage on a bed of mixed leaves with toasted pumpkin seeds, spring onion, fresh chilies, red onion salad and fresh coriander. It was hearty and packed full of different flavours. I absolutely adored this meal.
Terre a Terre
If you visit Brighton you must go to Terre a Terre for their vegan afternoon tea. It was quite frankly out of this world in terms of flavours, textures, smells and taste. It was truly amazing. These pictures show the sweet part of the afternoon tea, but it also came with a savoury tier too.
In the first tier you’ll see that there’s a tea soaked sultana scone served with peppered strawberry jam and clotted cream.
On the second tier you’ll find an orange & almond polenta cake served with strawberry sorbet and pomegranate molasses, pink peppered meringue, toasted coconut and baby sorrel.
On the third tier you’ll find a chocolate hazelnut truffle cake and praline served with a whipped dark chocolate mousse and a crème de cacao Brandy Alexander shake, Boozy Rum truffle.
Best vegan afternoon tea i’ve tasted or seen!
London and beyond
I couldn’t write a top 5 vegan eats without including Franco Manca. Their marinara pizza with tomato, garlic and oregano is incredible and costs just £4.95. I like to add veggies to mine too such as wild mushrooms, peppers and capers.
However what I love most about Franco Manca pizzas is the dough. The slow-rise sourdough crust is scrumptious. It’s light and fluffy and doesn’t leave you feeling like you’ve got a food baby at the end.
I have heard that Purezza in Brighton is also good with vegan cheese too, but until I try it, Franco Manca is at the top of my list in terms of pizzerias.
You can read a full review of Franco Manca here.
There you have it, my top 5 vegan meals out. There were a number of others that almost slipped into my top 5, however these are the meals that i’d quite happily give to the boyfriend and get no complaints about. That’s the true test!
If you had to rank your top 5 vegan meals out in the UK, what would they be?