This month, the Veganuary team share some of their favourite vegan restaurants from across the world.
Delice & Sarrasin, New York City (USA)
New York City is abundant with delicious vegan options, but my favourite has to be Delice & Sarrasin; a small trendy vegan restaurant in the heart of the West Village that serves up vegan versions of authentic French dishes, such as sweet and savoury crepes, onion soup, fois gras, and beef stew.
I took my mum there for dinner when we were on a trip to NYC two years ago (back when she was a meat eater), and she hasn’t stopped raving about it since! For starters, we went for the snails (garlic mushrooms) and cheese board (the cheese was made from different types of nuts), and then we both had the steak tartare (made from pea protein) for the main course. Unfortunately, we were too full for dessert (which I don’t think has ever happened to me!), but next time I hope to give the orange creme brulee a try.
Helen Marvell, Corporate Marketing Assistant
Bundobust, Leeds (UK)
Just a stone’s throw from Leeds station, Bundobust is a trendy vegetarian diner where craft beers are paired with inventive Indian street-food. It’s always bustling but the atmosphere is relaxed. There are so many vegan options you’ll be spoiled for choice!
I recommend the vegan combo for two which lets you sample a range of dishes: crispy okra fries; broccoli and kale bhajis; sweet, mild dosa; ragda pethis, a hearty spiced potato and pea soup; and my favourite, bhel puri, which has a spicy kick plus a tangy surprise from fresh pomegranate seeds. Yum!
Bundobust also has a branch in Manchester, and they’re soon to open a third branch in Liverpool.
Stuart Giddens, Development Officer
Monkey Food, Minsk (Belarus)
Being a Belarusian and living in the UK, I hear a lot of complaints from my Belarusian friends back home about the absence of vegan food in Belarus. But I have to disagree as it was actually a little vegan café called Monkey Food in Belarus that played a role in converting me to veganism!
It was there where I tasted my first falafel, seitan, and vegan pies, and found out that vegan food is actually REALLY tasty, and affordable too! So every time I’m back for holidays we go there to get their wraps with tartar sauce and lime biscuits. Their seitan burgers with herby wedges are to die for! All this is served with cold soviet-style lemonade which my British husband really likes.
So if you are ever in Minsk, please drop in or order a takeaway from their now two central locations. Food is relatively cheaper in Belarus so whenever we go we always order a bit of everything and stuff our faces!
Sofia Balderson, International Partnerships Manager
Life Bistrot, Tuscany (Italy)
Volterra is one of Tuscany’s less trodden yet finest hill-top towns. Thanks to The Happy Cow app (an indispensable app for the vegan traveller) we discovered the Life Bistrot restaurant, nestled in the town’s historic centre.
Life Bistrot is a 100% plant-based restaurant serving delicious organic food from an à la carte menu in the evening or a self-serve buffet during lunch service, which you pay for by the weight of your food.
One my favourite things about this restaurant is it’s picturesque terrace, where you can sit back and enjoy your food with a glass of their organic wine, against a quintessential Tuscan backdrop.
Felicity Jane, Marketing Assistant
Sage Vegan Café, Crawley (UK)
Sage is a lovely family-run business in my local town of Crawley, which I highly recommend! The food, I would say has a predominately Mediterranean vibe, but they have a wide variety of delicious food options, both to eat in and take away. They also always have an amazing selection of tempting locally-made cakes and desserts on the counter.
I can’t pick one stand-out dish, but some of my favourites are their full English breakfast, (or ‘Full Vegland’ as they call it!), the kofte kebab and the juiciest portobello mushroom & grilled halloumi style burger I’ve ever had.
Candice Haridimou, Supporter Care & Social Media Officer
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