Vegan Meal Options At Your Favourite Chain Restaurants
The Debrief: Doing #Veganuary? You can still eat out, don't worry!
Whether you're hopping aboard the vegan train permanently or you're just doing Veganuary, here's a few safe options for eating out.
Dough balls might be 0ff the menu (all that there delicious garlic butter you numpty), but Pizza Express do have their very own vegan pizza - the Pianta. It's got spinach, chestnut mushrooms, pine kernels, artichoke, tomato, chilli flakes and garlic oil finished with rocket and extra virgin olive oil and fresh parsley. And, most importantly - no cheese. Obvs.
More info on vegan friendly eating at Pizza Express here.
As expected, Itsu is kind of winning when it comes to vegan options; there's plenty to choose from. In the salad area there's the Garden Shed 'on a Bed' salad (green and muki beans on rice with fresh ginger) or the Hip Humble and Healthy salad which has avocado, green and muki beans, rice, kombu relish and that yummy green herb dressing. In the soup area pick up either the miso or detox miso soup and for dessert get yourself a Hawaii 5 0 fruit pot.
More info on vegan friendly eating at Itsu here.
There's always one person in a group of mates who's got an inexplicable obsession with Nandos. Someone who, despite having tasted top quality chicken, is so struck by the bright lights and different sauces that she makes it her mission to make everyone in the group eat there no matter what. But - good news, if you are mates with that person, you don't have to sit there drinking water. Nandos are keen to state that they are NOT a vegan restaurant however if you do want to eat there you can order the Veggie Pitta and specify 'no mayonaise' which means you're left with 'A spicy soya and tomato burger seasoned with spring onion, green chilli and cayenne pepper.' The bastes are all vegan suitable so choose whichever you want.
More info on vegan friendly eating at Nandos here.
Delicious. As I'm sure you well know, Wagamama is a bit of a pickle when it comes to vegan eating. Sides are no probs - get yourself the Yasai Gyoza dumplings, rice, miso soup, Japanese pickles... For mains though, you might have a struggle except for the Yasai Itame which is... 'rice noodles in a spicy green coconut and lemongrass soup topped with tofu + vegetables, stir-fried beansprouts, red and spring onions, bok choi, peppers, mushrooms and chillies. garnished with coriander and lime.' Yum. Ask your server about switching up egg noodles for rice noodles in other dishes too.
More info on vegan friendly eating at Wagamama's here.
No baguettes or wraps here for veganers unfortunately but there is solace for bread lovers in the form of the Super Greens And Reds Sandwich - peppers and avocado, tapenade, toasted almonds, kale... Yum. In the soup area there's plenty of choice from Pea and Mint, Roasted Pumpkin, Souper Tomato to South Indian Tomato and Spice to Tuscan Bean and Veg Tagine. Salad-wise there's the Falafel Mezze.
More info on vegan friendly eating at Pret here.
I mean, take your pick. From the Chilli Non Carne (see what they did there?) to the Sesame Shiitake Mushroom Broth Pot, you're covered for hot meals. There's also the Thai Butternut Squash Soup and the Spicy Tomato and Basil one. In the sandwich section get a houmous and avocado one.
More info on vegan friendly eating at Eat here.
One time I saw Mark Francis in the Busaba in Soho by himself. I don't know what he was eating but for me that proved that Busaba is always an excellent choice. They also have the most super helpful menu when it comes to deciphering what's vegan friendly and what's not. The aromatic vegetable curry is a good shout (pumpkin, French bean and cucumber relish), as does the coconut and vegetable hot pot. Don't forget the Chinese broccoli on the side.
More info on vegan friendly eating at Busaba Eathai here.
All of a sudden Bill's restaurants were absolutely bloody everywhere don't you think? Which is no bad thing. Unless you're vegan-ning, in which case you might struggle a little; short of asking them to make the rustic tomato & basil risotto goat's cheese free, you're stuck for mains. Although the blood orange sorbet for desert sounds nice, as does the potato and rosemary bread to start.
More info on vegan friendly eating at Bill's here.
Probs not your choice of where to eat out but sometimes needs must. There's basically very little choice. McDonalds says they currently have 'no plans' to add any approved vegan items to their menu but they claim that their French fries, hash browns, garden side salad and a bunch of the sauces (Ketchup, Spicy Tomato Salsa, Sweet Chilli Sauce, BBQ Dip, Sweet & Sour Dip and Sweet Curry Dip) are good to go. FYI - this is just the UK McDonalds - US McDonalds fries are definitely not OK.
More info on vegan friendly eating at McDonalds here.
Jamie's has a disclaimer on it's site which is probably just being careful but they do say that they 'CANNOT' guarantee any foods are 'allergen free'. That being said, their website is super helpful in figuring out what you can and can't eat. The Harissa-Spiced Aubergine is a winner ('Roasted aubergine topped with a ragù of lentils, tomatoes, raisins & smoked paprika with a garlicky almond yoghurt dressing, toasted pine nuts, lemony rocket & pomegranate'), as is the Roasted Squash and Winter Greens ('Roasted squash & wilted greens with caramelised red onion, grilled chicory, whipped ricotta, toasted pine nuts & sticky balsamic').
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