This is such a foodie have. Its aim is to provide healthy food using locally sourced seasonal and ideally organic produce. Any profits are reinvested into Tameside Mind [charity]. The menu is inventive e.g spiced chickpeas, spinach and roasted peppers topped with grilled halloumi, or a Mexican stew with corn bread. There is a selection of daily specials, veggie breakfasts, soups, deserts and breads from the Real Bread Co.
The prices are really low for the excellent quality of food £4.25 for a main meal, soups £2.25, puddings £2.25 .The team have worked in well- known vegetarian restaurants before but it seems a labour of love in producing the dishes served. You certainly would not miss meat.
216-218 Katherine Street, Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire, OL6 7AS
+44(0)161 330 9223
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Easton in Bristol is home to this small vegetarian restaurant, offering excellent, unusual vegetarian dishes. On a recent visit pistachio and shallot wontons and cashew cakes were among dishes that make one smile for days after. Cafe Maitreya only opens for dinner and bookings are recommended. Go for the three course menu, you'll enjoy every last morsel!
It may sometimes be a struggle to find delicious, inventive vegetarian food in Eastern Europe, but the cool and extremely popular Lehka Hlava ("Clear Head") in Prague's Old Town is a great exception - lots of interesting dishes and healthy juices. The atmosphere is great but remember to reserve in advance or you'll struggle to get in for dinner.
A great choice for Chinese vegetarian food - you'll see large families here and even some Buddhist monks and nuns, enjoying vegetarian versions of Cantonese classics, beautifully cooked vegetables and tofu, as well as gluten and mock meat dishes. The decor may be very plain, but this restaurant deserves its popularity among the local Chinese population.
3932 Fraser Street, Vancouver
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The Naam has been around for decades, and is still a trustworthy place to go to for delicious vegetarian food. It's located in Kitsilano, on Vancouver's hip West 4th Avenue, and opens 24 hours a day so you can even go here for that midnight fix (and avoid the usual lunch and dinnertime queues.) Particular favourites are the reuben burgers and "dragon bowls" - loaded with noodles and vegetables - and you can't leave without trying the sesame fries with miso gravy.
Lovely, independent tapas bar and cafe. Great atmosphere and fresh, homemade food. The tapas platters are the best in the city.
Down a very unassuming (and long) street hides Millenium. We went for the tasting menu and matching wine as it was a special meal (a 40th.) The waitress advised against eating the bread (very wisely) and introduced a wonderful wine to accompany our starter. The slight twist was we were both given different taster menus and the chef must have been in a good mood that night as we ended up with a six course instead of the usual five. From blue corn tamale to sweet potato griddle cake finishing with a variety of puddings (hello chocolate ganache cake) a delight from beginning to end. You'll leave purring and happy if not a little heavier!
Just off Edinburgh's Royal Mile, David Bann's is a modern adventurous veggie restaurant. It says on the menu there are no microwaves in the kitchen, and you can taste the results of that in the food. The combinations are delicious and you don't get a fiddly little portion in the middle of a big plate - you get such a large portion that I have never managed to get through the full three courses. It's very reasonably priced (mains are £10 - £13 )and is guaranteed to be full on a Saturday night. Inspiration for the menu comes from all round the world and the puddings in particular are top notch.
Tamil Nadu, home of India's most ornate temples, is also a mecca for vegetarians, as its population is largely Hindu. King of all veggie dishes is the humbly named 'meals'. Order a 'meals' in any non-tourist restaurant in Tamil Nadu and you will be served a feast on a banana leaf! Waiters ladle steaming curries and rice from large buckets, accompanying the main dish with smaller measures of delicious dhal, pickles, coconut chutney and spicy sambar. Refills are always offered. Knives and forks are not, so enjoy eating as a tactile experience. Your leaf will be folded and thrown away at the end of your meal, which should set you back around fifty pence!
Available in any walk-in-off-the-street restaurant in Tamil Nadu
La Zucca Magica is a little vegetarian haven on the French south coast in Nice, not a country noted for veggie restaurants! It’s a quirky place, every corner is filled with pumpkins, fairy lights and newspaper clippings of the larger than life chef - Marco. The restaurant is quite small and the tables are close together so it’s full of atmosphere and very sociable.
The restaurant only offers a set meal of five courses - you don’t see a menu, you just sit back and enjoy the ride! The selection changes daily as the chef creates inventive and tasty dishes from the fresh produce available with favorites including delicious soups, home made pasta and stuffed peppers, all full of flavour from the addition of local cheeses and fresh herbs.
The meal lasts all night, the service is good and many diners are greeted with a kiss by Marco. The meal isn’t cheap and booking is essential as its always full, but it’s a great choice for veggies and non-veggies alike, a real dining experience!
"La Zucca Magica" (The Magic Pumpkin)is a fabulous vegetarian restaurant in the South of France. Once you've got over the pumpkin themed decor, not really a design dream, you can settle down to an imaginative eating experience. There is no menu, you are served four or five courses of what is on offer that day. Marco, the chef, gets fresh ingredients daily from the local market so wonderful and varied vegetarian food with an Italian slant. The contents of each course delightfully explained by the waiter, in our case a mixture of French, Italian and English, his Welsh wasn't so good.
We went on my wife's birthday, towards the end of the meal the kitchen staff banged pans and sang happy birthday.
You need to book and this can be done easily via their website.
Pure Lotus is a wonderful vegetarian restaurant in central Beijing serving all sorts of delicious tofu dishes - including a vegetarian sausage called the "Buddha's Finger". There is a sense of occasion from the minute you arrive in the candle lit entrance area and the food is presented exquisitely. We had dumplings and chilli tofu, washed down with jasmine tea. The only bad thing about Pure Lotus is that it's on the other side of the world!
12号 Nongzhanguan South Road
Chaoyang, Beijing, China, 100026
Google map: bit.ly/h7CAD7
Down a slightly dodgier backstreet of Brighton is this small family run Indian veggie restaurant. With the staff walking around barefoot and small children being taken to bed, it really feels like someone's living room. The food is unlike any other Indian I have ever been to, the best being mouth watering pea and paneer curry and simple but delicious Mumbai potatoes. The most amazing thing of all about Planet India is that you can have your meal in half portions, meaning you can try two different dishes each time.
4-5 Richmond Parade, Brighton, BN2 9PH
+44(0)1273 818 149
Google map: bit.ly/dF9e58
If you are in search of a vegetarian snack, Hendersons Of Edinburgh is split over two locations on Hanover Street as well as a bistro on Thistle Street in Edinburgh's New Town. The restaurant, bistro and deli offer a variety of vegetarian treats as well as other fair trade, organic nibbles. As a popular arts venue, in the evening you can sit back in the restaurant and enjoy musical performances or after your meal take a look upstairs around the contemporary art gallery.
The Red Lion is a rural pub/restaurant serving home cooked vegetarian and vegan food. Recently voted one of the top 10 veggie pubs and serving a wide variety of freshly made, tasty and international dishes. Although not a vegetarian I have spent many a lunchtime with veggie and non veggie friends sampling the delights of the menu. Some dishes can be purchased frozen which are handy to have in the freezer for those nights you don't feel like cooking. Well worth making a detour for but booking might be advisable.
Prepare for (or recover from) trekking around Torres del Paine with hearty - but delicious - vegetarian food at El Living in the centre of Puerto Natales. There is a good range of hot dishes, salads and sandwiches - supplemented by daily specials - including veg moussaka or thai noodles and fantastic cakes such as dark chocolate and peanut butter. Drinks include homemade lemonade, pisco sours and a selection of wine.
La Plaza - Puerto Natales - Patagonia
Simon Rimmer's Greens, in the suburb of West Didsbury, has long been Manchester's go-to veggie venue, but it (finally) has city centre competition from DetoxRetox. Now open Weds - Sun its ex-Vanilla Black and Malmaison staff offer trad options like bangers and mash and a haloumi-based take on fish and chips, and interesting twists on meat-free standards like a cauliflower barley risotto. All served in friendly and attractive surroundings - a very welcome addition to Manchester's dining scene.
It's relatively expensive - though £20 a head is hardly budget-busting - but the courtyard is delightful, there is often good Indian cultural stuff happening (music etc) and the food is good. I don't think the hotel itself is worth the vast room charges but it's nice to look at while having dinner. In the winebar - Sula chenin blanc is drinkable, the sauvignon blanc way tooooo sweet.
Tucked away from Kendal's busy main shopping street in one of the few riverside locations in Kendal. The Waterside Cafe is hidden away on a traffic-free, pedestrianised area beside the River Kent, making it a longstanding favourite of many locals, but easily missed by visitors. It meets all the requirements of even the strictest veggies; there's a new menu everyday, vegan and vegetarian meals are cooked on the premises with Fairtrade and organic ingredients, served by very friendly staff. If the weather's good enough, eat at the outside tables and watch the river flow by. Then, after a quiet, healthy veggie lunch it will be time to get back to the shopping, or walk off your lunch with a hike across the river to Kendal Castle to see the view that makes Kendal the gateway to the English Lake District.
Step a mere 100m south from Bath Abbey and the Roman baths into one of the oldest streets of Bath and enter the finest vegetarian restaurant in Britain. There are no Cranks eating in Demuths. The food is exuberant, exciting, an act of love, reflecting Rachel’s eye for colour, texture, flavour and artful combinations as seen on her world-wide travels. The simple ingredient becomes a blissful experience. Try her potato bonda (a green chili potato ball in a gram flour batter served in a spiced tomato soup with toasted cumin oil) or the beetroot aranchi (beetroot risotto balls stuffed with Somerset brie, served with apple jelly, yellow beetroot, pickled fennel, and rocket on a pink grapefruit and mint dressing). Try the Italian bitter chocolate cake and you may hear the angels singing. There are more meat-eaters among the regulars than either vegetarians or vegans. And if still not tempted, in 2008 Demuths was awarded ‘Bath restaurant of the Year’. That means the ‘Best of ALL’ restaurants in Bath. That’s no ordinary vegetarian diner.
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