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Marylebone’s Top Five Vegetarian Restaurants

18 May 18
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Marylebone’s Top Five Vegetarian Restaurants

18 May 18

 

Meat-free fare is done very well in the British capital. Whether you’re looking for health-conscious fast food to eat on the run or a smart meal out with gourmet fine dining, there’s an exclusively plant-based menu to suit. Some of central London’s best vegetarian restaurants are in Marylebone, and we’ve cherry-picked our favourites.

 

Deliciously Ella

For a quick, wholesome bite, look no further than Deliciously Ella’s deli, tucked handily behind Bond Street station. Ella Mills—Deliciously Ella herself—curates a constantly rotating, colourful selection of foodie treats from her own recipe books to serve up daily. Gluten-free, refined sugar-free and vegan favourites such as Five Bean Chilli with Rustic Corn Bread rubs shoulders with more adventurous offerings such as Blood Orange and Coconut Vegan Mousse. But no one does a vegan brunch better than Ella. Guilt-free Chocolate & Banana Pancakes? Don’t mind if we do.

 The Gate Marylebone

From its opening nearly 30 years ago, The Gate has surfed the swelling tide of clean eating to the shores of London’s best gourmet vegetarian restaurants, with its Marylebone branch offering the added bonus of an al-fresco option. Set demurely behind the leafy environs of Hyde Park, the deep-fried Arancini filled with pea and mint purée is fresh, crisp and utterly moreish, while the vegan Aubergine Schnitzel topped with cashew cheese and basil pesto will certainly sate vegan appetites. Can’t decide? Go for the five-course tasting menu to sample its finest offerings.

Mildreds

Locally sourced, mainly organic ingredients, along with a colourfully diverse menu, make Mildreds an extremely popular choice among carnivores and plant-eaters alike. Its Lexington Street branch (a short walk from Marylebone) is a charming, homely 18th century converted townhouse, that’s consistently buzzing. With no option to book, you may find yourself happily sipping a Red Velvet (vodka, hibiscus, green tea liqueur) in its cosy cocktail corner while you wait for your table. There’s (mock) Chicken Katsu Curry for those who miss their meat, while the Wood Roasted Mushroom and Ale Pie is a firm favourite. Finish with an Irish Cream Truffle.

Ethos

Offering yoga breakfasts, vegan afternoon teas and an edgy self-serve, pay-by-weight system, Ethos flies the flag for cutting-edge clean eating. This is progressive, high-end plant-based food that does its best to cater for discerning meat-free foodies as well as those with dietary intolerances. Vegetarian? Head for the Spring Green Scotch Egg. Vegan? The BBQ Seitan Ribs are spectacular. Allergies? You can’t go wrong with the coconut-creamy Veggie Thai Green Curry. And it would be a crime to leave without sampling the Peanut Butter Bomb.

Woodlands Restaurant

Fans of South Indian cuisine will marvel at the endless variety of dosas offered by this 40-year-old exclusively vegetarian restaurant on Marylebone Lane. Traditional dosas, made from a batter of rice and lentils, are a cursory inclusion on the menu, but you may be tempted by the Rava dosa, made from semolina for crispness and texture, or the crêpe-like Pesarettu, prepared with mung bean batter. Not a fan of the crispy Indian pancake? We recommend the Delhi Thali, complete with stalwart favourites Dal Makhani and Paneer Tikka Masala.

Feature images © Deliciously Ella; The Gate; Mildreds; Ethos; vm2002/iStock

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