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Top five vegan restaurants in Islington

Islington’s trendy high streets are lined with vegan restaurants, providing everything from traditional Ethiopian cuisine to meat-free twists on your favourite classics.

To help you narrow down the options, here are the top five vegan eateries the borough has to offer. 

Tofu Vegan

Whatever your dietary preferences, Tofu Vegan’s completely plant-based menu is sure to satisfy your Asian food cravings.

Located on busy Upper Street, they offer a range of hot dishes, dim sum and starters, taking pride in using no preservatives.  

There’s no prize for guessing what the star ingredient here is, but mushrooms and bean-derived meat alternatives also feature prominently to provide something for everyone’s taste buds.

What’s more, their experienced team includes chefs from Sichuan, the Cantonese south of China, so the meals are brimming with regional flavours. 

Signature dishes include Hot-and Fragrant Deep Fried Tofu with Sweet Potato and Chongqing ‘Chicken’ in a Pile of Fragrant Chillies.

Address:  105 Upper St, London N1 1QN

Price range: ££


If curries are your thing then OMNOM have you covered with their vegetarian and vegan approach to Indian food. 

Pick at delightful small plates and side dishes like Chilli Lime Mogo and Chana Masala. Or if you’ve got room for more, why not try one of their verdant biryanis?

Spice levels ranging from mild to hot are indicated on the menu, helping you to choose a curry suited to your tolerance. 

Then again, you could always just have one of their succulent plant-based burgers with a serving of fries if you’d prefer.

Reasonable pricing and a spacious seating area leave no reason not to visit.

Address:  Islington Square, 116N Upper St, London N1 1QP

Price range: ££


Not all of Islington’s top vegan restaurants specialise in Asian food, and Wolkite proves this with their authentic Ethiopian dishes. 

Their passion for natural ingredients shines through in the colourful meals which pair vegetables and lentils with wholesome spices.

A must try is Alicha Wot, yellow split peas cooked with an Ethiopian turmeric sauce, but Atkilt, fresh vegetables simmered with onions, garlic and other herbs, is also not to be missed.

There are also a range of nourishing sides including verdant salads and the gluten-free injera bread made using teff grain native to East Africa. 

With all this and more on offer, what’s stopping you from popping down to Wolkite?

Address:  82 Hornsey Rd, London N7 7NN

Price range: £

Rudy’s Vegan Diner

There’s nothing better than some good ole comfort food and Rudy’s Vegan Diner provides this in abundance, all while keeping the meat and dairy to one side.

That’s not to say their alternatives lack in taste, as both the Buffalo Chick’n and Destructor Chick’n Burgers are luxuriously decadent.

In fact all of the burgers are delicious, especially when paired with Rudy’s Fries, tossed in a housemade seasoning mix, or some Mac ‘N’ Cheeze.

Once you’ve finished your meal, make sure to wash it down with any one of the glorious shakes, the Banana Biscoff option being the pick of the bunch. 

And if you can’t make it to Islington, Rudy’s in Camden Market is just as good (hyperlink). 

Address:  206 Upper St, London N1 1RQ

Price range: ££

The Gate Islington

A stone’s throw away from Sadler’s Wells Theatre, The Gate Islington’s distinctive location sets it apart from the Marylebone and Hammersmith venues. 

That said, it still provides the same eclectic selection of healthy vegan food, just within the cosy confines of a grade II listed building. 

Sumptuous starters include Miso Glazed Aubergine, house bread and mixed Italian olives, but you could always enjoy one of the appetising sharing dishes with a friend instead 

A diverse menu of mains sees katsu curry rub shoulders with homemade gnocchi, and that’s without mentioning The Gate Beetroot Burger.

With lunch options available too, fine dining doesn’t have to be left for the evening.

Address: 370 St John St, London EC1V 4NN

Price range: ££

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