As well all know, ditching the bacon sandwich for the avocado topped sweet potato toast sprinkled with chia seeds has become the new food and health trend.
Veganism or a “plant-based diet” is all the rage in recent years and from courgetti and cauliflower rice to black bean brownies, replacing ingredients with healthier alternatives is now the norm.
Whether you’re wanting to stick to traditional vegetarianism or you are ready to venture into the world of no chocolate or cheese, eating out can be a pain.
But don’t worry, thanks to this vegan and vegetarian friendly restaurant guide, our plant-based pals across Surrey can go out and enjoy an ethically conscious meal without feeling hassled.
Kayal, West Byfleet
Kayal in Station Approach offers a range of vegan alternatives and vegetarian options, all of which are packed full of traditional South Indian flavours.
You can start your feast with turmeric banana slices and fried lentil doughnuts before indulging in a rice and lentil pancake filled with seasoned potatoes, onions and peas or aubergine curry sprinkled with coriander and cashew nuts.
Each dish can be accompanied with fresh okra cooked with garlic and ginger or fresh mustard and coconut beans and you can even end your night with a generous dollop of vegan ice cream.
Visit Kayal’s website here.
Fresco DeliKafessen, Guildford
Grab yourself a freshly baked vegan potato roll or matcha green tea brownie at this little Greek gem hidden in Friary Street.
Fresco DeliKafessen is a cosy and cute deli and coffee shop which is renowned for its refreshing iced coffee and veggie filled pastries.
Authentic Mediterranean recipes, including a “spanakopita” – a spinach and feta traditional Greek pastry – have been passed down the generations. It goes down a treat with a cup of freshly-ground coffee.
Visit Fresco DeliKafessen’s Facebook page here.
Riverside Vegetaria, Kingston
You can enjoy a guilt-free meal and glass of vegan vino by the Thames at Riverside Vegetaria in High Street, Kingston.
The restaurant prides itself on serving up award-winning dishes since 1989 with its wide menu includes organic falafel with hummus, tofu teriyaki and potato, cashew nut and spinach curry.
Why not wash a healthy meal down with a rosehip herbal tea or organic glass of red?
Visit Riverside Vegetaria’s website here.
The Tudor Room, Egham
If you’re looking for something particularly fancy which caters for your veggie needs, why not reserve a table at the acclaimed Great Fosters’ The Tudor Room in Stroude Road?
The intimate 24-seater dining room was awarded a Michelin star in October 2016 and is open for lunch every Thursday and Friday – so you better book fast.
The Tudor Room offers an entire vegetarian menu, including gnocchi with cauliflower, truffle and chestnuts and duck egg with quinoa, chanterelles and onion.
See The Tudor Room’s menu here.
Dastaan Indian Restaurant, Epsom
Located in Kingston Road, this little beauty is worth a visit from both vegans and vegetarians.
Indian food is, in general, a safe option for non-meat eaters but Dastaan also offers a range of vegan alternatives.
The wide veggie range includes an asparagus, mushroom and pea pulao biryani and a potato, cauliflower and onion aloo gobi – so you can enjoy your evening without feeling anxious about your food requirements.
Visit the website here.
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