Eating out on a plant based diet
Eating at restaurants with food derived from plants and with no animal products
One of the biggest worries for someone who is a transitioning vegan/vegetarian, or someone cutting down their meat consumption, can often be eating out. While many restaurants still don’t have a plant based option or have the odd measly salad, the options are slowly starting to open up.
Increasingly more chain restaurants have caught onto the demand for vegetarian and vegan foods and are offering multiple vegan options, the ability to build your own, or better yet a separate vegan menu.
We’ve trawled the best options in chain restaurants (so you don’t have to) and we’ve found an extensive range across many cuisines:
From last year Wagamamas was steaming ahead of competition by creating their own vegan menu which states that it ‘has been designed around the idea that meat free shouldn’t mean taste free’. Their latest vegan option is ‘steak’ which is made from dehydrated watermelon.
Previously known as Yo Sushi! this restaurant is hands down one of my favourites and has always catered really well for vegetarians and vegans alike, check out their menu. Their tofu katsu curry is to die for and has won the PETA UK Vegan Food Awards. This year they have launched the JFC (a rip off of a KFC box) which is comprised of vegan nuggets, hot and sticky Korean dipping sauce, YO fries, miso butter sweetcorn and vegan coleslaw.
They too have a vegan menu which is extensive and not limited to one food type. From tacos to burritos and enchiladas you’re not left wanting. They are also currently running a promotion for veganuary where you can sign up to receive a veggie side dish for £1. Having visited them the most recently I would highly recommend their menu especially as it specifies which food is cooked in the same oil as meat/fish (I haven’t seen any other restaurants do this).
They have their own vegan menu which is extensive and replicates most of their original menu. I couldn’t believe the range of options and was so happy when they had the Padana pizza (give it a try if you haven’t already). They use a great vegan cheese on their pizzas that melts well and makes it hard to know the difference!
They have a separate vegan menu which has all the Mexican options you can imagine, including most of the ones on the original menu, plus they are running a promotion for veganuary where you can save up to 40% on vegan dishes.
For the month of January Care Rouge are doing a vegan afternoon tea which has all of the classics including sandwiches, scones and mini desserts. While they don’t offer many other plant based options this s one to take advantage of this veganuary.
Greggs (a little fast food option that’s good for if you’re on the go)
You’ve probably had or if not at least seen Greggs’ vegan sausage roll made from Quorn and their vegan steak bake. There are also roomers that they are working on a chicken bake.
We hope our guide has set you at ease when going for dinner with family/friends and has got you wanting to try all the new options!
Lauren works for a charity, has been vegetarian for 11 years (newly vegan last year) and volunteers for an animal charity in her spare time. Her favourite eco product is the Face Halo.